After playing numerous games in the taxing, 32-team tournament hosted by Garland over the weekend, the Kilgore High School volleyball team took a couple of days off, and gets back at the grind this week.

At press time Tuesday, coach Madeline Harris’s Lady Bulldogs were to host John Tyler (Tuesday night, after the deadline for this print edition of the News Herald) and will then play in a tournament this Friday and Saturday in Troup.

Kilgore visits Sabine next Tuesday, a 5 p.m. freshmen start, with junior varsity and varsity to follow.

Kilgore won its first game of the season, a home sweep of Nacogdoches, a week ago, but had some problems early-on in the Garland tournament with losses to Rowlett and to Wylie East, although the games were shortened to just a best-of-three, rather than best-of-five, to help with tournament play time.

They did bounce back, beating Mesquite Horn and Texas High, and are 3-5 so far on the young season. They finished fourth in the challenger bracket in the Garland tourney.

Sulphur Springs 2, Kilgore 0 (Friday): Kilgore faced a rare opponent in Sulphur, and lost, 25-23, 25-16.

In the two sets, A’vianna McIntyre had five kills and four digs; Alexis Anderson had four kills and a dig; Dayton McElyea had three kills, and so did Miah Thomas; Thomas had three digs and McElyea had six. Ashton Vallery had eight assists and four digs; Jada Abercrombie had two kills and six digs; and Lauren Couch had a kill, three aces and three digs. McElyea also had 10 assists.

Kilgore 2, Mesquite Horn 0: A win for Kilgore here, over another rare opponent in Mesquite Horn. The Lady ‘Dogs won, 25-23, 25-22.

Thomas had seven kills, Abercrombie, six, and Vallery had 11 assists. Abercrombie had eight digs; Skyler Day had six, and Thomas five; Thomas had four aces, and Skye Cotton and Day each had two. McElyea had six assists.

Kilgore 2, Texas High 0 (Saturday): The roll continued for the Lady Bulldogs with this win over the Tigers, 26-19, 25-19.

Abercrombie and Thomas combined for 10 of Kilgore’s 17 kills (Abercrombie had six, Thomas four). Abercrombie also had two aces. Vallery had eight assists and McElyea had six. Day and McElyea each had eight digs, and Abercrombie had six. McIntyre had three kills.

Ranchview 2, Kilgore 0 (Saturday): Kilgore dropped this one, 25-12, 25-15.

The Lady Bulldogs had just seven kills in the match (two each by Thomas and McElyea), and only four aces (three by Thomas). Vallery had two assists, McElyea, three. Thomas had three blocks.

Braswell 2, Kilgore 1 (Saturday): The Lady Bulldogs won the first set, 25-18, but then lost two, 19-25, 16-25.

In the matchup, Thomas had nine kills, Abercrombie, seven; Vallery had 10 assists; Abercrombie and Cotton each had two aces; Day had 17 digs; M. Anderson had 10; Alexis Anderson had six; McElyea had seven; Thomas had four, and Vallery had three.

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