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Sterling volleyball celebrated a key, district win Friday night against North Shore. Back row, from left are Suzie Zabaleta, Ty Joseph, Kaitlyn Guidry, Kenady Irwin, Claire Harper, Kaitlyn Stork, Bailee St Romain, Jasmine Moore and head coach Candace Southall; Front row, from left are Alex Lee, Brooke Benoit, Laila Rojas, Rebecca Villarreal, Stephanie Williams, Kayla Jones. submitted photo)

The Sterling Lady Rangers moved to 20-12 overall and 8-3 in District 21-6A play with a challenging 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24) home win over North Shore on Friday night.

Alex Lee (20 assists), Jasmine Moore (13 kills, 11 digs, four aces), Bailee St. Romain (13 kills, eight digs), Kayla Jones (34 digs), Kaitlyn Stork (eight kills, two blocks), Brooke Benoit (13 assists) and Rebecca Villareal (11 digs) led the Lady Rangers on a night that focused on breast cancer awareness.

“It was a very special night for us as we honored family members of our program and North Shore’s volleyball program for our Pink Out night,” Sterling head coach Candace Southall said. “We coordinated weeks ahead with North Shore to get names of any relatives that were cancer survivors of any form of cancer that would be attending the game and we celebrated their defeat of cancer along with our cancer surviving relatives. It was beautiful.”

Then of course there was the Sterling win that came against a feisty North Shore squad.

“We did a much better job of starting off strong,” Southall said. “Defensively tonight we were solid. It was pretty exciting to see the hunger and energy. During the first two sets we played really aggressively and relaxed in the third set causing us to drop it. 

“The fourth set was a true battle of heart.”

REL 3, Galena Park 0

The Lady Ganders ended a six-match losing streak and completed a season sweep of Galena Park with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-20) win over the host Yellowjackets.

Naomi Hockless led the way for REL (12-22, 2-9) with 11 kills and five blocks while Lalai Williams and Celeste Shaw both had five kills Titiana Browne had 17 digs to lead the defense which also got 15 digs from Marisa Flores and 13 digs from Miranda Mendoza.

“Our girls did a great job of controlling our side, limiting our mistakes, and forcing Galena Park out of system,” REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. “The bus ride home was as loud as ever and we are in great spirits over here.”

Santa Fe 3, GCM 0

The GCM playoff hopes took a big hit Friday night with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-11) loss at Santa Fe.

GCM (32-13, 5-6) is a game behind Crosby in the standings and just out of the fourth and final bi-district playoff spot.

Sarina Garcia (five kills), Kaitlyn Herrera (15 digs) and Zoe Martinez (eight assists) led GCM.

Texas City 3, Crosby 2

Despite the loss, Crosby (25-10, 6-5) would make the postseason if the season ended today despite the five-set (16-25, 18-25, 25-21,25-20, 15-13) loss to Texas City despite having a 2-0 set lead.

Jenna Johnson (11 kills, 28 assists, 20 digs), Charde Vanzandt (19 kills, 10 blocks) and Liz Hernandez (24 digs) led the Crosby performance.

Anahuac 3, Kountze 0

The Lady Panthers moved to 15-22 overall and 4-7 in District 22-3A play while keeping their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-10) win over Kountze.

Erin Willcox (10 kills), Ashley Bennett (nine kills), Maci Bennett (15 assists) and Sydney Bertrand (20 points served) led the way for the winners.

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