Volleyball, tennis weekend wrap up: RSS netters roll

Led by the 1-2 punch of Daniel Armenta (17:34.8) and Gabe Villanueva (17:41.2) who claimed the top two spots of the Lake Houston Invitational in Huffman, the Barbers Hill boys cross country team finished third overall and first in Class 5A on Thursday.

Johnathan Ferrrell (19:06.6) and Zach Ferrigno (19:10.8) were the two next highest finishers for the Eagles.

“I thought the boys ran well and really competed,” Barbers Hill boys coach Cody Knight said. “It was a weird meet as there were a couple lightning delays and we were worried about running out of daylight.  We ended up only having 10 minutes to get warmed up for the race, so it was not your typical meet.  They were excited to get the chance to compete and it really showed.” 

The Barbers Hill girls finished fourth overall and second in Class 5A behind the top 20 runs of Makayla Johnson (22:13), Kelsea Risinger (22:17) and Alexis Galaviz (22:35).

“Every single girl, both JV and varsity set a new PR at this meet,” Barbers Hill girls coach Stacy Tucker said. “The varsity race was crazy, with the lightning delay, limited warm-up time, and quick start behind the boys.  I think we ran with more freedom in this race simply because there was less time to analyze beforehand.”

VOLLEYBALL

Sterling 3, West Brook 0

Jasmine Moore (10 kills), Bailee St. Romain (eight kills), Brooke Benoit (14 assists), Alex Lee (11 assists, four kills), Kaitlyn Stork (five kills, four blocks) and Ty Joseph (four kills, three blocks) led the way for Sterling in  a 3-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-10) win at West Brook Friday night.

Sterling is now 17-11 overall and 5-2 in District 21-6A play.

“I was pretty happy about our play tonight,” Sterling head coach Candace Southall said. “I felt we turned up our defensive game at the net and got a lot more blocks.”

Friendswood 3, GCM 0

The Lady Patriots fell to 30-11 overall and 3-4 in District 22-5A play in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23 loss at state-ranked Friendswood.

Taylor Kotlarz (eight kills), Mia Bookman (four blocks), Kaitlyn Herrera (15 digs) and Zoe Martinez (14 assists) led GCM.

“It was a great, hard fought game,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “It was a good way to end the first round of district. The gym was electric and we battled point for point with Friendswood. It might have been a loss, but it was a win in our book. The game could have gone either way.”

Crosby 3, REL 0

The Lady Ganders dropped their third straight District 22-5A match with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-13) defeat at Crosby.

REL (11-19, 1-6) wrapped up the first half of district play as Crosby (23-8, 4-3) wrapped its own two-match losing streak at the Lady Ganders expense.

BH 3, Cleveland 0

Barbers Hill (17-20, 6-0) remained unbeaten in District 21-5A play with an easy 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) win at Cleveland on Friday.

TENNIS

Barbers Hill 16, Vidor 0

The Eagles remained undefeated in District 21-5A play with a rout of Vidor Friday to remain in first place with one match remaining.

“Today we had another very solid team effort and  we look forward to finishing strong in Port Arthur on Tuesday and moving on to bi-district,” Eagles head coach Tyler Thames said. 

Mason Daniels, Greg Yzquierdo, Ethan Sandate, Alden Sandate, Sydney Underwood, Emily Tilton, Krissa Wright and Chloe Siple won singles matches for Barbers Hill while doubles went 7-0.

Clear Brook 11, Sterling 8

The Sterling High team tennis squad dropped an 11-8 home decision Friday against Clear Brook.

Earning wins for Sterling were Dave Daymiel, Brian Ward, Steven Mauro, Cameron Pequeno, Seth Dickens and Graceanne Carsey in singles and Daymiel/Wrd and Mauro/Pequeno in doubles.

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