If Kilgore High School volleyball had any realistic hope of getting back to the UIL Class 4A playoffs, then Tuesday night’s home game against Spring Hill was a must-win.
For the Lady Bulldogs’ sake, thank goodness they got it.
It took them five sets, but Kilgore beat Spring Hill, 23-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-5 win over the visiting Lady Panthers, avoiding an 0-3 start in District 16-4A play that would have surely doomed the Lady ‘Dogs to staying home during the playoffs. Kilgore lost the first two sets, but then got it together to win three straight for the victory.
That win also broke a four-game losing streak for the Lady Bulldogs.
For KHS in the victory, Alexis Anderson had nine kills. Miah Thomas had eight, to go with three blocks and 21 digs. Lauren Bryant had five aces and 22 service points. Jada Abercrombie had eight kills and 18 digs. Rylie Mann had six kills.
For Spring Hill, Kaelyn Elliott had 12 kills; Azaria Jones had five; and Ansley Nichols and Maci Plunk each had three. Sam Schott had 37 digs.
Kilgore (1-2 in district now, 11-14 overall) swept Grace Academy on Friday, 25-6, 25-17, 27-25. Jada Abercrombie had five kills. Shelby Page had 10 assists. Miah Thomas had three blocks and six kills. Haley Page had 10 digs. Rylie Mann had five kills, and Ashton Vallery had eight assists and three aces. They’ll return home Tuesday to face Chapel Hill, then play at Bullard next Friday.
Leverett’s Chapel: Coach Rickey Hammontree’s Lady Lions also fell back two sets at Union Hill Tuesday night, and they, too, fought back for a win, 21-25, 19-25, 25-12, 25-13, 15-9.
LC is now 2-2 in district play, and 12-15 overall.
For LC, Jillian Shaw had 15 kills, 31 digs, an assist and an ace; Yesenia Avalos had 10 kills, 30 digs, two assists and two aces; Cynthia Paredes had a kill, eight digs, 24 assists and an ace; and Lexus Haley had four kills, 27 digs, an assist and five aces.
The Lady Lions were to visit Carlisle on Friday, and Linden-Kildare on Tuesday, starting at 4:30.
Sabine: Sabine's Lady Cardinals didn't trail by two sets, and didn’t need five; they needed only three.
Sabine swept Gladewater, 25-5, 25-15, 25-12, Tuesday night. Coach Kristen Reaves’ Lady Cardinals have won four straight – all of them District 16-3A games – and they’re rolling. Sabine (17-9) was to play a home game against Harmony on Friday night, then visit West Rusk on Tuesday.
Sabine got seven kills from Samantha Bell, and six from Mikinzi Cantrell. Aubree McCann, Maddie Furrh and Sierrah Richter each had three; Sarah Davis had a kill.
Richter had eight digs; Ally Gresham had seven. Cantrell had six, and Bell had five. Caitlin Bates and Furrh each had three. Davis had 12 assists; Richter had 10.