Reece Redden delivers a hit in the Cowgirls’ win over Knippa. D’Hanis heads to the Region IV-1A tournament starting Friday at Brenham High School.

Cowgirls sweep Bruni, Knippa; earn 4th straight trip to regionals


     Two playoff wins in the past week have sent the D’Hanis Cowgirls back to the UIL Region IV-1A tournament.

     After a first-round bye, the Cowgirls won twice in straight sets. In the area playoffs, the Cowgirls took care of Bruni, beating the Lady Badgers, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16, at Pearsall High School on Thursday, Nov. 7.

     D’Hanis raised its record to 31-13-1 on the year Monday night, Nov. 11, when they won their regional quarterfinal match in similarly lopsided fashion.

Playing at Utopia High School, the Cowgirls disposed of Knippa for the fourth time this season, beating the Lady Crushers, 25-9, 25-18, 25-21, to earn a trip back to the regional tournament, this weekend at Brenham High School.

     The regional semifinals will be this Friday, Nov. 15, at Brenham High School, where the Cowgirls will play in the opener at 2:30 p.m. against frequent foe Round Top-Carmine. 

     In the second 1A semifinal at 4 p.m. are Fayetteville and McMullen County. The regional championship match, between Friday’s two winners, is at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, Nov. 16. The winner of that match will head to the UIL state tournament, next week in Garland. Conference 1A semifinals will be played Wednesday, Nov. 20.

     This will mark the Cowgirls’ fourth consecutive trip to the region tourney, as they seek to make their third straight trek to the state tournament.

     The 2A regional tournament will also be at Brenham HS. The two 2A semifinal pairings include Thrall vs. Freer and Burton vs. Harper, with matches scheduled for 5:30 and 7 p.m. The 2A region final is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday