Every time All Saints scored, its poor Trojans mascot attempted to do pushups for every point the Lady Trojans had accrued.
Luckily for the masked hero, Katrina Kastmo and Co. made it a quick match.
Kastmo had 12 kills and three blocks to help the Lady Trojans sweep Dallas Parish Episcopal 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 on Tuesday at Brookshire Gym in a TAPPS 2-4A playoff for second place.
With the win, All Saints (22-10) earns the right to host either Arlington Pantego (21-10) or Midland Christian (12-11) in an area playoff, likely next Tuesday.
Parish Episcopal (20-18) has to travel south to play Houston Westbury Christian (21-7) in the same round.
“Words can’t describe how important this was for us,” Lady Trojans coach Cristy O’Bannon said. “Parish now has to travel down to Houston on a Tuesday night. We had to do that last year to go down and see Tomball (Concordia Lutheran). It’s not easy.”
All Saints appeared in control early, taking a 13-6 lead in Game 1 on an ace from Kastmo. But Ellen Vance served nine straight points during a 15-2 rally that put Parish Episcopal up 21-15.
The Lady Trojans responded as sophomore Lanna Johnson had two of her six kills followed by three kills from Kastmo to surge All Saints past Parish Episcopal for the Game 1 win.
“First game was crucial,” O’Bannon said. “I think winning that first set was key to us. That was very crucial and very critical for not only our mindset but to keep our fans involved and our student body involved.”
The rowdy, All Saints student section had plenty more to cheer about as the Lady Trojans never trailed in Game 2 and didn’t trail after the fifth point in Game 3.
“It was a fun environment, it was a fun evening and the girls really played well together and they fought for the win and they deserve it,” O’Bannon said.
Aiding the All Saints cause were Johnson (10 digs), Maddie Smith (23 assists, 13 digs), Madeline Wynne (seven kills, two digs, two blocks), Kaitlyn Huskey (two kills, three digs, two aces) and Jasmine Owens (two digs, block, ace).
Bryce Shankle led the Lady Panthers with 10 kills while Libbie Vickers had six.
All Saints became the only Tyler representative in the TAPPS 4A playoffs for the second year in a row.
In TAPPS 1A, East Texas Christian Academy received a bye through the bi-district round, which was played today.
In the area round, ETCA (11-6) will host Fredericksburg Heritage (9-15), which swept Houston Family Christian (12-5).
In TAPPS 3A, Bullard Brook Hill (15-12) narrowly missed out on a postseason berth. The Lady Guard lost 3-1 Saturday in a district playoff against Dallas Lutheran, which Brook Hill had beaten twice in the regular season.