District 16-4A play was set to begin Friday at home for the Kilgore High School volleyball team, and the Lady Bulldogs have continued to heat up at just the right time.
Kilgore won its fourth straight game on Tuesday, going all the way to Van to do it. The Lady ‘Dogs got a season-high 23 kills from Miah Thomas and 41 assists from Ashton Vallery in a 25-18, 14-25, 25-20, 25-23 win.
Coach Madeline Harris’s Lady Bulldogs are 5-3 so far on the season, prior to Friday’s home game with Spring Hill.
But the Lady ‘Dogs, who led the district race for much of the season last year and ultimately finished second, are ready for district after somewhat of a slow start out of the gates.
They were to their 16-4A schedule here at home against Spring Hill on Friday afternoon. See results of that game online today at kilgorenewsherald.com.
Next week, things look a little different. KHS is on the road twice: Tuesday at Cumberland Academy, the regular format: a 4:30 start with freshmen, followed by junior varsity and varsity, but then the weekend games will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at Bullard. Varsity will play first, according to the schedule, at 1 p.m., followed by JV and then freshmen.
Tuesday night at Van, Kilgore was on its game, and not just Thomas and Vallery. Thomas finished with those 23 kills, an ace, a block solo and a block assist, but Alexis T. Anderson and Skye Cotton also each had nine kills. They also each had a block solo and a block assist.
In addition, A’vianna McIntyre had six kills, a block assist and two aces.
Also, Kilgore’s freshmen and JV both lost at Van.
Overton / Leverett’s Chapel: Coach Rickey Hammontree, who coached two tenures at Leverett’s Chapel, is now at Overton, which should make volleyball between the schools – who are separated by about five miles, at best – very interesting.
They met Tuesday night in Overton, and the Lady Mustangs got the bragging rights from the first meeting of the year, sweeping LC, 25-21, 25-19, 25-15, to open District 19-2A.
Brylie Smith and Mary Fenter each had four kills for Overton (2-5 overall, 1-0 in district play), and Fenter was 23-of-25 serving for 20 points. She also had 14 aces, three digs and an assist.
Kaley McMillian had three kills, 13 digs, seven assists and an ace, and Ta’leyah Tilley had three kills, as well, and eight digs, six assists and three aces.
Overton was to visit Hawkins on Friday.