Lady Rangers lose first of season, REL goes 1-4
Sterling and Robert E. Lee continued their preseason schedules with a trip to Dickinson for tournament action on Thursday and Saturday before coming home with mixed results.
Robert E. Lee (7-10) won its first match on day two of the tournament, beating Lamar 2-1 (12-25, 25-16, 25-17) before wrapping up its showing with a 2-0 (25-23, 25-18) defeat at the hands of Pasadena.
Leading the way against Lamar were Naomi Hockless (seven blocks, seven aces), Celeste Shaw (six kills), Marisa Flores (15 digs) and Titana Browns (eight assists).
Sterling went 2-1 the first day, dropping its first match and sets of the year in a two-set loss to Manvel, while REL was defeated in all three contests.
In between the tournament action, both squads won individual matches on Friday.
Sterling rolled past Sam Rayburn 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-10) behind the play of Jasmine Moore (13 kills, eight digs), Alex Lee (18 assists), Brooke Benoit (15 assists), Bailee St. Romain (seven kills), Ty Joseph (five kills), Claire Harper (five kills) and Kayla Jones (16 digs).
REL won at South Houston 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-19 behind Naomi Hockless (nine kills), Lalai Williams (six kills), Debanhi Price (eight digs), Titiana Browne (nine assists) and Nicole Price (six aces).
Goose Creek at Aldine
The GCM girls went 4-2 in pool play over Thursday and Friday to find themselves in the silver bracket Saturday at the Aldine ISD Tournament.
On Thursday, the 12th-ranked Lady Patriots beat Heights and North Shore JV and dropped a decision to George Ranch.
On day two, they defeated Humble and Beaumont United and lost to Klein Oak.
“This has been a good test for us,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “All the teams have really scrappy defense and high energy. We have to had to meet and exceed both. We have lost to some sound teams, but have learned a lot from those losses.”
Veen noted the play of Elizabeth Easley, Taylor Kotlarz and Kaitlyn Jones’ play.
“As a team we gain served well and accumulated multiple aces in each set.
Barbers Hill wins again
The Lady Eagles went on the road Friday and recorded a strong 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23) win at Montgomery Lake Creek.
Barbers Hill (6-5) was led by Trinity Hennigan with 25 assists and five kills in her first match back following a foot injury, Kelsi Wingo chipped in with 22 assists and seven kills, Kylee Kejonen had 14 kills and three solo blocks while London King had 16 digs.
“It was an amazing win after a slow start in the first set, but we came back with vengeance,” Lady Eagles head coach Kristin Goodman said. “Our serve receive was better, but defense was flawless. We were able to run our middles effectively.”
Crosby beats Nederland
Crosby moved to 11-1 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) win over Nederland.
Charde VanZandt (.333 hitting percentage) and Jade Johnson (.222) led the attack while Jenna Johnson and Liz Hernandez keyed the offense with top passing performances according to head coach Marissa Simmons.
“The girls played really well overall with outstanding energy and kept a positive attitude on the court,” Simmons said. “I believe that led us to our success against this team.”
Anahuac betters 2018 win total, moves to 5-8
The Lady Panthers rolled to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-17) home win over Cleveland and with the victory surpassed all of last year’s win total.
Anahuac (5-8) was led by middle Erin Willcox (21 kills), setter Bree Anderson (10 assists), setter Maci Bennett (eight assists), Mallory Hendrix (four aces) and libero Sydney Bertrand who led the back row.
“The girls communicated well on the court allowing for greater consistency and big plays,” Anahuac head coach Lauren Brandon said. “I’m so proud of them for taking the win at our first home game of the season.”