Don’t look now, but the Kilgore High School volleyball team is on a hot streak, just as district play is about to begin. State-ranked Sabine stumbled Friday, but is also looking at its district schedule pretty quickly, and Overton split a pair of games last weekend, as well.
Kilgore: KHS won three straight games last week, and coach Madeline Harris’s Lady Bulldogs were to play Tuesday night at Van, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald.
District 16-4A play starts here on Friday afternoon against Spring Hill – that would be varsity first (on Fridays only), at 4:30 p.m., with subvarsity games to follow.
Kilgore visited Elysian Fields last Tuesday and came away with a win, and then beat Rusk and Gladewater here on campus on Saturday.
Kilgore-Elysian Fields: The Lady ‘Dogs lost the first set, 24-26, but then won three straight, 25-14, 25-20, 25-11.
Miah Thomas had 16 kills, two block solos, two block assists and a pair of aces. Alexis T. Anderson had eight kills, four block solos, three block assists and three aces. Ashton Vallery had a kill and two aces; Skye Cotton had 10 kills, a block solo and a block assists; freshman Catherine Dennis had three kills; A’vianna McIntyre had three, as well, and an ace; and Riley Rios had two aces.
Kilgore-Rusk: This one went five, with Kilgore winning the first two, 25-12, 25-18, dropping the second two, 16-25, 23-25, and then winning the fifth and deciding one, 15-9.
Anderson had 12 kills, two block assists and a block solo; Thomas had 14 kills, a block solo and an ace; Cotton had three kills, a block assist and a block solo; McIntyre had three kills and two aces; Shadestiny Chism had two kills, two block assists and a block solo; and Vallery had two kills and two aces.
Kilgore-Gladewater: This one was a sweep, in the Lady ‘Dogs’ favor, 25-10, 25-21, 25-16.
Thomas had nine kills, a block solo, a block assist and an ace; Cotton had five kills, a block solo and a block assist; Anderson had four kills, three block solos, five block assists and an ace; freshman Bryonne Brooks had three kills and two aces; McIntyre had a kill and two aces; Chism had a kill; Vallery had a kill and three aces; and Rios had two aces.
Kilgore’s freshmen, coached by Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, were still unbeaten (5-0) headed into Tuesday’s game against Van; the Kilgore junior varsity, coached by Trushundra McGill, were 4-2 before Tuesday’s matchups.
Sabine: The Lady Cardinals were ranked third in the most recent Class 3A state volleyball poll, and hadn’t lost all season.
Unfortunately, they did lose Friday night to another state-ranked team: Beckville, at Beckville, in four: 6-25, 25-21, 21-25, 13-25.
Sabine (10-1) was to open District 15-3A play against White Oak at home on Tuesday night, after the deadline for this issue, and will also be home Friday night against Ore City for district, a 4:30 p.m. varsity-only start.
Overton: Kilgore wasn’t the only program in the News Herald’s area playing on Saturday.
Overton’s Lady Mustangs split a pair of varsity games, beating Garrison, 25-10, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15) and losing to Chapel Hill, 25-23, 18-25, 17-25.
For the day, Kaley McMillan had 15 kills, 20 assists, 40 digs and 12 aces. Mary Fenter also had 15 kills, 12 digs and three aces. Jewely English had four kills, 45 digs, and 13 aces, and Taleyah Tilley had seven kills, 30 digs and 18 assists.
Up next for Overton is Leverett’s Chapel; that will pit Overton coaching couple Rickey and Patty Hammontree against the program they coached for so many seasons. That matchup was to take place Tuesday night at Overton. See an update now on kilgorenewsherald.com.