Kilgore and Sabine don’t meet often in sports – they meet annually in soccer, because Sabine’s soccer teams (3A) play up a classification, and occasionally they’ll meet in baseball or softball, in tournament play.
But one tradition that’s been kept over the years is the two schools meeting in volleyball.
Kilgore hosted Sabine Tuesday night, a fairly good-sized crowd even with 50 percent capacity in place due to COVID-19 caution. But it was the Lady Cardinals and their fans who went home happy – Sabine lost the first set, 25-23, but then swept Kilgore after that, 25-14, 25-16, 25-13.
The Lady Cardinals are 7-0 this season under first-year coach Tara Wait; Sabine is coming off its best volleyball season ever in 2019, when they finished 39-7 overall, and went unbeaten (14-0) in winning a district title.
Kilgore is also coming off a fantastic season last year, the first under coach Madeline Harris, but the Lady Bulldogs have sputtered a bit out of the gate this year. They did have some key personnel graduate, but KHS is off to an 0-3 start in varsity.
Although both schools (and most every school district in East Texas) canceled school on Thursday due to possible bad weather off Hurricane Laura, at this writing, both are still on for Friday night’s games: Kilgore is scheduled to play at Garrison, and Sabine is scheduled to host Cumberland Academy, out of Tyler.
Against Sabine, Kilgore’s Miah Thomas had eight kills, three blocks, three block assists, and an ace; Bryonne Brooks had five kills, a block and a block assists; A’vianna McIntyre had three kills, a block and a block assist; Dshira Rossum had an ace; Shadestiny Chism had two kills and a block; and Catherine Dennis had a kill and a block.
For Sabine in the matchup, Aubree McCann had 17 kills; Maddie Furrh had seven; Sierrah Richter had five; Ryanne Stuart had four; Peyton Childress had three; Ella Roberts had two; and Caitlin Bates had one.
Richter had five aces; Ally Gresham had three, and Bates had two. Sabine had 10 blocks as a team. Furrh and McCann each had 18 digs; Richter had 17; Gresham had 16; Bates had seven; Callie Sparks and Roberts each had six; Childress had four; and Stuart and Cale Brown each had one.
Sabine had 33 assists, and all of them were by Richter.
The two teams split the subvarsity games; Kilgore’s freshmen won, and remain undefeated (3-0). Sabine won the junior varsity game.
Looking ahead for both teams, according to their own schedules on their respective websites, Sabine hosts Cumberland Friday, then hosts Carthage on Saturday, varsity only, starting at 11 a.m., and is on the road at Gilmer on Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 with the freshmen.
After taking on Garrison tomorrow, Kilgore will play at Elysian Fields on Tuesday, starting with the freshmen at 4:30, and then play a dual matchup next Saturday, Sept. 5, at home against Gladewater and Rusk. That’s varsity only and begins at 10 a.m.