FRISCO — A roster peppered with Lady Bobcats who have had success in other sports and a pair of coaches with strong postseason resumes saw this as their time to make similar history on the volleyball court.

FRISCO — A roster peppered with Lady Bobcats who have had success in other sports and a pair of coaches with strong postseason resumes saw this as their time to make similar history on the volleyball court.

Previous trips to the basketball and softball state tournaments finally bore fruit in the fall and Celina added to the best playoff appearance in volleyball with a 25-19, 25-17, 26-24 victory over Melissa in a Class 3A Region II quarterfinal match at Lone Star on Tuesday night.

“Every year it’s gotten better and better and better. They have gradually progressed,” said Lady Bobcats head coach Billy Coleman, who has led Celina softball to three state tournaments and is assisted by Judy Roos, who guided Pilot Point to the region tournament in 2005. “You’ve got to get everybody on that same page.”

It is the first trip to the region tournament for Celina (31-7), which will face Spring Hill in a semifinal match at 6 p.m. on Friday night at Mesquite Poteet. The region final is at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Lady Bobcats hadn’t been past the second round before the this season.

Bailee Moore had 20 kills and eight blocks to lead the Lady Bobcats while Callie Hawkins added 10 kills, Barbara Teakell chipped in seven kills, K.J. Stastny finished with five kills, Kayla Inman handed out 32 assists and Annie Burns collected 17 digs.

Melissa (30-5) was trying to get to the fourth round after three straight quarterfinal appearances and four in five years after making the region tournament as a 2A program in 2008.

“That was the goal, get to the regional tournament,” Lady Cardinals head coach Whitney Nelson said. “We had a lot of firsts. Set a lot of precedents. It’s frustrating that weren’t able to make it. I thought we had a really good chance.”

Madison Rose led Melissa with 10 kills while Connar Newberry added eight kills, Whitney Taylor chipped in five kills, Amber Melcher finished with 16 assists, Riley Duzenack handed out 11 assists and Amanda Kocsis and Ashley Henger collected seven digs apiece.

Last year these two teams met in the area round with Melissa advancing in four games before losing to eventual state semifinalist Argyle. They played twice this season, splitting a tournament match and a non-district contest, before the most important meeting.

“It was something we were really focusing on,” Coleman said. “I don’t think we were going to surprise each other. We had a lot of confidence coming in.”

Celina used a pair of 5-0 spurts in Game 1 to take a 15-11 advantage in the middle of the frame. Stastny and Reagan Archer had kills during the first run as the Lady Bobcats took the lead for good and then aces from Stastny and Burns propelled the second charge.

Also helping was Celina’s defensive advantage at the net. The Lady Bobcats finished with 16 blocks.

“Make them change up their offense. I think we set the tone early,” Coleman said. “Any girl we put on the front row can put the ball down.”

Almost every rotation put pressure on the Lady Cardinals and it affected their game plan.

“We came out and got a couple blocks against us. We didn’t come out as strong as we normally do,” Nelson said. “We had more errors than we’ve had in a really close game in awhile.”

Melissa hung around in the late stages, getting to within three points, before Celina close out the game. The Lady Bobcats used their blocking to jump to the early lead in Game 2 and never trailed.

Teakell and Moore combined to stuff a pair of attempts and then Hawkins and Archer got in on the act as the Lady Cards called a time-out at 7-2. Melissa was never able to put together a stretch of more than three points, which came when Rose sandwiched a kill between two Celina errors, as the deficit was seven at 18-11.

On the verge of elimination, the Lady Cardinals went down fighting. Celina tied Game 3 several times but was never able to take the lead until the very end. And even that took a huge rally to avoid a fourth game. Melissa surged ahead, 15-12, and scored four of five points on kills from Alli Boedeker and Newberry and an ace by Henger for a 22-18 advantage.

The teams traded points and the Lady Cardinals needed just two points to extend the match. Celina needed seven to sweep. Moore helped steal back the momentum with three kills, including one that tied the game at 24. The Lady Bobcats went ahead for the first time on the next point before a final block from Moore and Teakell sealed the sweep.

“She’s been the go-to girl all year. She’s really stepped up her game her senior year,” Coleman said about Moore. “They were just not going to lay down. That’s a reflection of the kids. We were going to make them earn it.”