Kilgore High School volleyball scored a big win Friday in District 16-4A, keeping their hopes alive for one of the four playoff berths.

Sabine and Overton both won big district match-ups, as well.

All were to play again Tuesday night after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald; see our Wednesday morning volleyball update online now on the sports section at

Kilgore: The Lady Bulldogs hosted Cumberland Academy and won in a sweep, 25-17, 25-21, 25-10. Kilgore is home twice this week: last night after this print deadline, against district leader Bullard, and Friday at 4:30 against Chapel Hill, starting with varsity first.

Kilgore is 3-5 in district now, with four more regular season games left (the two this week, and two next week). They have to be in the top four of the six-team 16-4A to make the playoffs. Coach Madeline Harris hasn’t missed the UIL Class 4A playoffs since she arrived in Kilgore; she’s in her third year.

For KHS in the sweep of Cumberland, Maleah Thurmond had five kills, a block, an assist and two digs. Summer Hayden-Epps, Brooke Couch and Bryonne Brooks each had four kills – Hayden-Epps and Couch each had three digs, as well.

Also for Kilgore, Catherine Dennis had three kills, nine digs, three assists and an ace; Fyndi Henry had seven digs and an ace; Alana Mumphrey had a kill and four assists; Ashton Vallery had nine assists, 15 digs and seven aces; Jazmine Vasquez had nine digs and an ace; Nawny Sifford had four digs; Isabell Witt had three; and Maddison Harris had five.

Overton: Coach Rickey Hammontree’s Lady Mustangs continued their playoff push on Friday with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-12 win at Carlisle.

Overton is now 22-11 overall, and 6-2 in district play. They were to play at Big Sandy on Tuesday night.

In the win over Carlisle, Mary Fenter had 18 kills, 26 digs and four aces for Overton. Kayla Nobles had 14 kills, a block and four digs. Alex Brown had eight kills, 10 digs and three aces, and Kaley McMillian had four kills, 17 digs, 32 assists and three aces.

Sabine: (From M. Roberts Media reports): Ally Gresham came up with 24 digs, surpassing 1,000 for her career, and the Sabine Lady Cardinals earned a 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-13 win over Gladewater.

Gresham also had two kills and two assists for Sabine. Cale Brown finished with nine kills and six blocks, Maddie Furrh 18 kills and four digs, Kathryn Dalby five kills and 10 blocks, Ella Roberts three kills, four blocks and one service error in 29 attempts, Caitlyn Stewart 36 kills, four blocks and two digs, Katie Stansberry three digs, Peyton Childress seven kills and two digs, Bella Shaw two digs and Kaleigh Carney one dig.

For Gladewater in the loss, Alise Sanders had six kills and three blocks, Kiyah Bell seven kills, six assists and two blocks, Zakeighlyn Williams four kills and five blocks, Zandy Tyeskie two kills and 13 assists, Sydney Keller 17 digs, Hadassah Balcorta 12 digs, Kiyona Parker four kills and eight digs and Gracie George eight digs.

Sabine is 23-11 overall, 6-2 in district play (third place currently), and was to step out of district to play East Texas Home School on Tuesday night. They’ll play at Daingerfield on Friday, starting with varsity at 4:30.

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