REL volleyball wins four times in tournament
Both Goose Creek Memorial and Crosby volleyball squads used unbeaten runs through two days of pool play to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Medal bracket of the Huffman Volleyball Tournament.
GCM (8-0) defeated Willis in two sets and Crosby (8-0) rallied past Magnolia Saturday to qualify for the semifinal round.
The final was scheduled to be played immediately after the semifinals.
Robert E. Lee went 4-4 overall during the two days of pool play and early in Silver Medal bracket play Saturday.
The second day of the tournament Friday saw all three teams combine to go 7-2.
The GCM squad (7-0), crushed all three opponents to run its record to 6-0 in pool play.
It swept all three teams, Humble (25-15, 25-12), Heights (25-9, 25-13) and Dayton (25-20, 25-19) to earn a spot in the Gold Medal bracket.
“It was a good tournament for us,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “With only two real practice days, I was really impressed with the girls’ discipline and consistency. We focused on high energy and smart plays.
“I think overall we executed our goals for the tournament.”
Taylor Kotlarz had 14 kills and Elizabeth Easley added 13 kills and 10 aces during the day.
“I am very excited because we have been doing very good,” Kotlarz said. “I love how the team is working together and cheering each other on. I feel like everyone is doing well and every area is playing well. Our middles are doing a good job blocking the outside and closing.”
Crosby swept through Friday’s action with wins over Porter 2-1 (22-25, 25-17, 15-11), Hardin-Jefferson 2-0 (25-20, 25-21) and the Huffman JV 2-1 (25-16, 17-25, 15-11).
Charde Vanzandt was the statistical leader for the Lady Cougars, hitting .300 in almost every match while Jenna Johnson served 13 aces.
Kylee Marksberry hit .250 from the middle and Liz Siemek tallied 26 digs.
“I gave my team three things to focus on today: Consistency, confidence and communication,” Crosby head coach Marissa Simmons said. “They nailed all three and I am super proud of them.”
Some of the more impressive play came against Porter when Crosby broke open a close second set with an impressive 12-1 run to turn momentum around.
“It was just our energy; once we get the momentum there is no stopping us,” Johnson said. “We had more confidence and stopped playing timid.”
The Lady Ganders lost to Porter 2-0 (25-21, 25-16) before beating Heights 2-0 (25-21, 25-21) on Saturday and were to wrap up in the Silver Medal consolation bracket later that evening.
REL wrapped up pool play the previous day with a 2-1 win over Hastings (25-17, 22-25, 15-13), a two-set loss to New Caney (25-13, 25-8) and a 2-1 defeat to Willis (25-14, 23-25, 15-10).
Naomi Hockless had nine blocks in the loss against Willis.
“The girls fought hard against strong teams,” REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. “Their team chemistry and fight never let up. We were missing one of our outside hitters today, but our leading scorers Naomi and Gabi Lara managed to pick up where she was missing. Our defense was outstanding.”
REL’s block was propelled by Hockless and Paulina Martinez and the back row of Marisa Flores, Nicole Price and Miranda Mendoza kept a lot of rallies alive.
Barbers Hill breakthrough at Pearland
Barbers Hill (4-5) wrapped up play at the John Turner Classic in Pearland with a split of its two flight three bracket matches on Saturday.
They defeated Waller 2-0 (25-17, 26-24) and lost to San Marcos 2-0 (25-13, 25-23) before heading home.
Barbers Hill head coach Kristin Goodman tried different lineups over the weekend and said her squad was inconsistent .
“I am happy we actually get three practices this week,” she said.
The Lady Eagles went 2-1 on the second day of pool play at the John Turner Classic in Pearland to wrap up a 3-3 run through the first two days of the tournament.
They were defeated by Nederland 2-1 (25-19, 25-22, 25-14) before sweeping Pasadena Memorial (25-21, 25-11) and Kingwood (25-23, 25-16).
Sterling moves to 2-0
The Lady Rangers swept Lamar 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-13) to win their second consecutive home match to start the season.
Jasmine Moore (nine kills, five digs), Kaitlyn Stork (seven kills), Bailee St. Romain (five kills), Alex Lee (18 assists) and Kayla Jones (eight digs) led the way for Sterling.