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Volleyball: Sanger advances with four-set win over Celina

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AUBREY — The battle-tested Sanger Lady Indians aren't surprised they are still playing in the Class 4A Region II playoffs. In fact, they expected to be right where they are.

Sanger, after dropping the first set to Celina on Friday evening, battled back to sweep the next three sets and win 20-25, 25-20, 25-11, 29-27, knocking off the Lady Bobcats and advancing to the regional quarterfinals next week against a very familiar foe.

All four District 9-4A playoff qualifiers have made it through the first two rounds and will square off in two of the four quarterfinal matches. Sanger will face 9-4A champion Krum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan, while Decatur and Argyle meet Tuesday night at Trophy Club Nelson. 

The winners will advance to the 4A Region II tournament Friday and Saturday at Mesquite Poteet.

"We believe our district is the top volleyball district in the state," Sanger coach Tammy Niemezyk said. "The district race prepared us for the playoffs, and we're where we should be mentality."

After dropping the first set to Celina, which Sanger lost to earlier in the year, the Lady Indians won the second set 25-20, cruised in the third set and captured a hard-fought fourth set 29-27. 

"I thought we played really well tonight," Niemczyk said. "We played with a lot of heart and determination."

Sydney Price led the Lady Indians (22-20) with 19 kills and 3 1/2 blocks. Gabbi Roelofs had nine kills, three aces and 1 1/2 blocks. Kaela Wilkerson had nine kills and three aces, Mady Jacobs had nine aces, three kills and four assists and Kenzie Turkoly had five kills, two aces and 34 assists.