It’s the opening week of the volleyball playoffs, and unfortunately, one area team is already out.
Beckville eliminated Overton in the first round of the UIL Class 2A playoffs on Monday night at Longview High School, although three other teams in the Kilgore News Herald’s coverage area are still in at this writing.
Kilgore (19-14) was to face North Lamar in the 4A playoffs at Wills Point on Tuesday night, and Sabine (38-5) was to face Waskom at LeTourneau University, also on Tuesday, both after the deadline for this print edition of the News Herald. See kilgorenewsherald.com right now to find out how they did.
Leverett’s Chapel (18-16) plays Fruitvale at Union Grove on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in a first-round Class 1A game.
Overton had the tough task of opening against sixth-ranked Beckville on Monday night, and Beckville won in a sweep, 25-5, 25-8, 25-5. Halley McMillan had three kills for Overton. The Lady Mustangs finish up at 17-15 overall. It was Beckville’s 13th straight win.
Leverett’s Chapel had to rally after a tough start to district play, and overcome an injury to one of its best players, Jillian Shaw, to get into the postseason.
Sabine, on the other hand, dominated the competition since August, and rolled through District 16-3A unbeaten. Kilgore lost a winner-take-all district title game matchup at Bullard, but has won 10 of its last 12 games.