Goose Creek Memorial’s Taylor Kotlarz, 14, swings away during the Lady Patriots four-set home win over Lumberton on Friday.

GCM 22-5 after beating Lumberton

The Lady Patriots rolled to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19) over visiting Lumberton Friday night. Elizabeth Easley (14 kills), Taylor Kotlarz (13 kills), Mia Bookman (six kills), Zoe Martinez (21 assists) and Peighton Williams (seven kills) led the way for GCM (22-5).

GCM also went 3-0 in pool play Thursday at the Stratford Tournament and was scheduled to play in the single-elimination bracket Saturday.

“Each game has served us a couple of learning moments,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “We are trying to work out all the small problems before we start district. Our team chemistry is the best I have ever had here at GCM. They all know each other’s goals, and know the overall team goal. Everything they do is to better their teammates and the program. I couldn’t ask for a more mentally tough group.”

The Lady Patriots play at Tarkington 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

REL drops match

The Robert E. Lee volleyball progress hit a roadblock Friday with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-12) loss at Splendora, the Lady Ganders second straight defeat.

Naomi Hockless (11 kills, two blocks), Celeste Shaw (seven kills and four block), Titiana Browne (10 digs, 13 assists) and Marisa Flores (27 digs) led REL (9-12) in the defeat.

“Our team is struggling right now, but we know where we are lacking and every practice is being geared to improving on those weaknesses,” REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. “We still have goals and we are focusing on the process to accomplish them.”

REL travels to play C.E. King at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Crosby wins No. 13

It was another day at the office for Crosby which defeated Dayton 3-1 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20) Friday night.

Jenna Johnson (eight kills) and Jade Johnson (eight kills) led the Crosby (13-2) offense while Jenna Johnson and Elizabeth Siemak led the team’s defense and passing efforts.

“Overall it was a good game and the girls’ consistency and play level is improving,” Marissa Simmons said. “It is also still rising and we are working on killer instinct and driving it home when we’re ahead.”

Lumberton travels to play at Crosby at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Anahuac notches 9th

The Lady Panthers moved to 9-12 this season with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19) win over Hull-Daisetta.

Bella Hornsby and Ashley Bennett sparked the Anahuac offense according to head coach Laura Brandon.

“We were able to move the ball around on the court utilizing all of our attackers,” Brandon said. 

Anahuac, which won only four matches a year ago, hosts Deweyville at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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