It didn’t take long at all for coach Madeline Harris to get her first win leading Kilgore High School volleyball.
She did it in the first try.
Kilgore swept Nacogdoches, 25-17, 25-18, 25-10, on Tuesday night at KHS, getting Harris’s coaching tenure off to a great start.
The Lady Bulldogs are busy this weekend, one of 32 teams competing in a Garland-hosted tournament. Kilgore lost to Rowlett and Wylie East on Friday morning, though, and the tournament continues today.
The Lady ‘Dogs are back at home Tuesday night, hosting John Tyler – that’s a 5 p.m. freshmen start, with junior varsity and varsity to follow. They play in another varsity-only tournament at Troup next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17, and then visit Sabine on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Among the other dates Kilgore has coming up before district play starts are tournaments in Brownsboro, Nacogdoches and Athens. District 16-4A play starts in Henderson on Sept. 17.
Kilgore 3, Nacogdoches 0 (Tuesday night): Kilgore took the first set and never trailed, but couldn’t really relax against a scrappy Nac team that fought hard, for the most part, until the final moments of the third set.
Kilgore’s Lauren Couch and Jada Abercrombie each finished with six kills (they had 25 as a team) to lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs. Dayton McElyea had four, and Miah Thomas, three. Setter Ashton Vallery had 16 assists in the match.
Abercrombie had 11 digs; Riley Rios had four; Vallery and Skyler Day each had three.
Rowlett 2, Kilgore 0 (Friday): Playing in the shortened 32-team Garland tournament, Kilgore ran into a buzzsaw in the home team, Rowlett.
Kilgore held its own in the first set, finally going down, 25-23. But in the second, it was all Rowlett, which dealt KHS a 25-8 loss.
Abercrombie had four kills; Skye Cotton had three; and Couch and McElyea each had two. Vallery had five assists, McElyea, three; Abercrombie had eight digs; McElyea, five; Vallery, four; and Shadestiny Chism and Couch, three each.
Wylie East 2, Kilgore 0 (Friday): Wylie East might have played even better than Rowlett, at least against Kilgore.
Kilgore dropped set one, 25-5, and set two, 25-13.
Kilgore only had six kills in the two sets, and numbers were down across the board against a solid Wylie East team that should be one of the favorites to win the tournament. At press time, Kilgore had one more matchup Friday (vs. Sulphur Springs) and then were to play the waiting game to see where they are today.
If KHS earned a fourth-place pool finish, the Lady Bulldogs would play at 8 a.m. today at Sachse High School. If they finished third, they were to also play at 8 a.m., but at Rowlett again.
Kilgore is 1-2 so far this season.
Leverett’s Chapel: Coach Rickey Hammontree’s Lady Lions out at Leverett’s Chapel are back in action already, as well, and hosting their annual Lady Lions Invitational this weekend.
LC beat Christian Heritage (of Longview) in pool play, 25-14, 25-10; lost to Longview Heat (25-16, 25-11), and then beat Longview Christian, 25-16, 25-16.
LC is in the gold bracket and was to begin play this morning at 8 a.m. (at their own gymnasium). Also in the gold bracket are the Longview Heat, Hawkins and Trinity School of Texas.
For LC in the first day of the tournament, Jillian Shaw had nine kills, three blocks, 16 digs, and 11 aces; Lexus Haley had four kills, 13 digs, 25 assists and four aces; Michelle Jamaica had eight kills, 28 digs, and seven aces; Katie Hughes had 22 digs and three aces; and Ashilia Smith had 10 kills, and had two blocks and two aces.