By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports
Red Oak took care of business at home against visiting Ennis on Tuesday evening in a District 14-5A tilt.
The Lady Hawks took the match 25-19, 25-13 and 25-18.
Junior outside hitter Gracie Lee led the Red Oak attack with 12 kills on 31 swings for an impressive .290-hitting percentage. Kennedy Washington (soph) added nine kills and a team-best four total blocks.
The tandem of Lee and Washington have recorded 282 and 263 kills on the season, respectively.
Kendall Aitken (senior) and Alayna Ryan-Guerrero (junior) provided 28 of the team’s 31 assists, with the former posting a game-high 16.
Mizani McKellar broke a team-best 23 Ennis serves.
Red Oak improved to 13-19 with the win and, more importantly, 3-1 in District 14-5A.
The Lady Hawks dropped 15-of-their-17 matches during tournament play from Aug. 13-21. Those losses included games against powerhouses like Lubbock Cooper, Southlake Carroll, Prosper, Rockwall and El Paso Coronado. The side then bounced back to record wins against JJ Pearce, Trinity Christian and North Crowley just ahead of the Sept. 10 district opener.
Ennis, on the other hand, opened the season with four consecutive wins. The Lady Lions have since dropped 11-of-their-past-14 games to stumble into district action.
District-leading (26-7, 5-0) Midlothian remains in the driver’s seat for the district crown. Red Oak and Joshua are currently tied for the second and third spot in the standings. At 1-3, Corsicana holds the fourth playoff position, while (7-12, 0-4) Ennis and Waco University are both still looking for their first district win.
Ennis ultimately fell again this past Friday against Corsicana. They return to action Tuesday, Sept. 28 on the road against (14-16, 0-4) Waco University.
Red Oak will travel to (6-19) Corsicana for a 6:30 first serve. With a win, head coach Hope Porter will record career-win No. 400. Porter notched career-win No. 300 in late Sept. 2017 in a come-from-behind effort at home against Waxahachie.