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Area schools record three wins

MONT BELVIEU – It was not the start the Barbers Hill Lady Eagles were looking for in the season opener for 2019. 

The hosts ran into a tough Santa Fe team and fell in three games 25-16, 25-17, and 25-14 on Tuesday night at the Barbers Hill Field house. 

Early on in the game it was the Lady Eagles grabbing a quick 2-0 lead on a pair of kills by Nadia Karabanoff. 

The Lady Indians answered with five straight points and led 10-4 before a kill by Sarah Lankford found a hole to cut the deficit to 10-5. 

A couple of moments later, Kylee Kejonen of Barbers Hill scored a point with a block/kill to get within 12-7. Kassidy Taves dominated for Santa Fe most of the evening and her kill gave the Lady Indians the first game and a 1-0 lead in the match. 

In the second game, the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 5-3 advantage thanks to a pair of kills by Faith Guidry. 

Later in the game it was Ashlyn Bishop scoring with an ace to give Barbers Hill a 11-5 lead. Santa Fe then went on a 15-4 run to grab control of game two and take a 20-15 advantage on a kill by Rachel Douglas. Leading 24-17 Taves scored with a kill to give the Lady Indians a 2-0 lead in the match. 

Like it did in game one and two, the Lady Eagles grabbed an early lead in game three with a tip shot by Kelsi Wingo and a kill by Lankford to move in front 8-6. 

Karabanoff kept Barbers Hill in the lead thanks to a kill and an 13-11 advantage. Santa Fe then went on a pivotal 6-0 run to lead for good at 17-13. A kill by Douglas made it 20-15 and the Lady Indians were on their way to the season opening win. 

Barbers Hill will stay busy this weekend as they take part in the Pearland Tournament.

GCM 3, Aldine Davis 1

Taking on a highly touted Aldine Davis squad, the Lady Patriots held on for the big win to open the new campaign, taking a decision in four sets, 3-1 (25-19, 25-13, 19-25, 25-11).

Mia Bookman (12 kills), Taylor Kotlarz (nine kills), Elizabeth Easley (seven kills), Peighton Williams (five kills).

"We have been working on some new schemes and tonight we tested it," GCM head coach Casey Veen said. "With only having one practice under our belt, the girls adjusted well and made corrections mid-game. Our setters moved the ball around and made us a little more unpredictable."

REL 3, Houston Milby 0 

The Lady Ganders started off their campaign with a strong 3-0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-11) win at Houston Milby.

Naomi Hockless led the team with seven kills, Titiana Browne had five assists and 12 aces and Celeste Shaw had two blocks to aid the win for Lee (1-0)

"This young team definitely demonstrated their competitive heart tonight," REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. "They never let up against Milby and proceeded to play their own game. Our second set started off with Titiana serving up 12 aces before Milby could get on the scoreboard.
 
"Following the second set, the hustle in set three from Marisa Flores and Miranda Mendoza defensively was unmatched. We are excited for the upcoming season." 

CROSBY 3, Angleton 0

The Lady Cougars stormed out of the game on the 2019 season with a resounding 3-0 win in Crosby (25-16, 25-11, 25-16).

Charde VanZandt had nine kills with a .304 hitting percentage, Liz Siemek had 10 digs, Jenna Johnson had seven kills and hit.400 to lead the Lady Cougars.
 
"We did really well tonight and I was pleased with the outcome," Crosby head coach Marissa Simmons. "We started out a little timid but then came out strong in the end and remained consistently tough. This game was a good one to start with and I can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds."
 

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