For Kilgore, it was just about a must-win. For Sabine, it was about maintaining dominance over the opposition and increasing that lead in the district standings. And for Overton, it was a chance to move up – but it was a missed opportunity.

The results were mixed from Tuesday’s high school volleyball contests, but two of the three were positive for area schools. Kilgore went to Henderson and won its third District 16-4A matchup of the season, taking down the Lady Lions in four sets, 26-24, 17-25, 25-21, and 25-19.

Sabine, the fourth-ranked team in the state in Class 3A, swept Hughes Springs, and Overton lost to Union Grove.

All three teams were to play Friday night games: Overton, coached by Rickey and Patty Hammontree, was to play at the Hammontree’s longtime coaching stop, Leverett’s Chapel; Kilgore stepped out of district to face Tyler High School in Tyler; and Sabine was to play at White Oak.

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Kilgore: Coach Madeline Harris’s Lady Bulldogs – and most of District 16-4A, really – are in a conundrum.

Lindale hasn’t lost a game and is ranked second in the state 4A in the Texas Girls Coaches Association standings. The Lady Eagles held off Bullard Tuesday night, and Bullard have been the queens of the district the last few years – they’re not chopped liver, for sure. Bullard lost that contest with Lindale but is also state-ranked: 14{sup}th{/sup} in the most recent poll.

Spring Hill is 4-2 in district play (losses to Bullard and Lindale), so those are three of the top four teams in the district standings, as the district gets ready for round two. Kilgore’s win over Henderson gave Harris’s Lady ‘Dogs the coveted final playoff spot – but there’s another round of district play to go.

That begins Tuesday with a very important trip for KHS to Spring Hill, a 4:30 p.m. freshmen start, with junior varsity and varsity to follow.

At Henderson on Tuesday, leading two sets to one, Kilgore raced out to a 9-0 lead in the fourth set, only to see Henderson rally twice, closing the gap all the way from down nine points (twice) to 14-12.

But Kilgore rallied, too, and finished Henderson off.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Miah Thomas had 15 kills and a block. A’viana McIntyre had seven kills, two blocks and an ace; Alexis T. Anderson had six kills, a block, a block assist and an ace; KeKe Roy had six kills; Sha’Destiny Chism had three kills and a block assist; and Ashton Vallery had two kills.

In a 12-25, 19-25, 19-25 loss at Lindale last weekend, Anderson had six kills and three blocks; Skye Cotton had five kills; McIntyre had four kills and an ace; Thomas had three kills, a block and an ace; Chism had two kills; and Vallery had a kill and two aces.

Sabine: Last year, in the best single-season in Sabine’s volleyball history (to date), the Lady Cardinals were never ranked this high in the TGCA poll.

That won’t be the focus, though, under coach Tara Wait, who has her Lady Cardinals up to 17-1 this season, the only loss a non-district blemish to Beckville a few weeks back. And there’s hardly any shame in that: Beckville has for years had one of the state’s best small-school programs.

At home against Hughes Springs on Tuesday, Sabine got a 25-11, 25-16, 25-16 win. Aubree McCann had 12 kills, seven digs, and five blocks. Sierrah Richter had seven digs, as well, to go with 28 assists and three aces. Maddie Furrh had seven kills, six digs and two aces; Ryanne Stuart had five kills; Cale Brown had three; Ally Gresham had 10 digs; Caitlin Bates had nine; and Ella Roberts had seven.

The Lady Cardinals visit Ore City on Tuesday, then host Gladewater next Friday.

Overton: The Lady Mustangs fell to 3-3 overall in District 19-2A play with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-27, 23-25 loss to Union Grove on Tuesday.

After facing LC on Friday, the Lady Mustangs will visit Hawkins on Tuesday, a 5 p.m. JV start with varsity to follow.

Against UG, Kaley McMillian and Mary Fenter each had eight kills; Fenter had 15 digs, an assist and three aces, and McMillian added 24 digs, a block, 11 assists and two aces.

Also for Overton, Ta’lejah Tilley and Kayla Nobles each had seven kills; Tilley also had 15 digs, 16 assists and an ace, and Nobles had a block, five digs and four aces. Alex Brown had 20 digs and an assist.


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