HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Lady 'Dogs top Nac in opener

Tourney this weekend, home Tuesday; LC wins four of five

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Even though school doesn’t start at Kilgore for another week, the Kilgore High School volleyball team has already began its 2018 season.

The Lady Bulldogs won their first game of the year, did so convincingly, sweping Nacogdoches, 25-8-, 25-7, 25-13, Tuesday night. Kilgore is competing in the Garland Tournament this weekend, in Rowlett today. Their home opener is this coming Tuesday, Aug. 14, against John Tyler.

Against Nac, Jada Abercrombie had seven kills. Rylie Mann had three. Lauren Bryant and Skyler Day each had four aces. Shelby Page had 10 assists.

This weekend in Garland, the Lady ‘Dogs opened with pool play at Naaman Forest Friday. Instead of the usual best-of-five, it was a best-of-three. Kilgore lost to Mesquite Horn, 25-23, 25-12, then lost to Wylie East, 25-12, 25-20.

The tournament continues today. It’s being played at three sites (Forest, Rowlett and Sachse). It looks like Kilgore will be in the challenger bracket at Rowlett, which began this morning.

Leverett’s Chapel now 4-1: Just a couple of years removed from a UIL state tournament appearance, the LC Lady Lions look very good, early-on.

LC swept Trinity School of Texas, 25-16, 25-22, 25-17, on Tuesday, after sweeping Longview Christian on Monday. LC then went 2-1 on the first day of its own tournament, which continues today.

For LC, Yesenia Avalos had seven kills against Trinity, and so did Jillian Shaw. Avalos had five digs; Shaw had six; and Cynthia Paredas had two, to go with 15 assists.

Christian Heritage of Longview dealt LC its first loss of the season, 18-25, 14-25, but then the Lady Lions bounced back to beat Waskom, 23-25, 25-18, 15-7, then topped Longview Christian again, 25-22, 25-13.

In all of those matches, Avalos had 19 kills and 64 digs. Shawn had four blocks. Lexus Haley had seven aces, and Paredas had 31 assists. LC was to play East Texas Christian School at 1:30 today.

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