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BULLDOGS SWEPT IN V’BALL FIRST ROUND

MONT BELVIEU — Nederland’s stay in the 5A volleyball playoffs lasted only three sets.

New Caney Porter swept Nederland on Monday in the bi-district round at Barbers Hill High School, ending the Bulldogs’ season. Nederland, the District 22-5A co-champion along with Port Neches-Groves, came off a one-game playoff to determine the top seed out of the district and settled for the No. 2 seed after a five-set defeat.

Set scores and statistics were unavailable, but Nederland finished the season following a 13-1 run in district play.

Porter advances to play either Manvel or Furr in the second round.

Tonight, PNG will face Conroe Caney Creek at 7 at Crosby High, with the winner facing Galveston Ball or Houston Austin. In the 4A bi-districts tonight, Bridge City will meet Huntington in Huntsville for a 7 p.m. start, and in 2A, Sabine Pass will take on Groveton at Spurger with first serve scheduled for 6:30.

The Bridge City-Huntington winner will play Houston Washington or Hardin-Jefferson in the area round. Sabine Pass or Groveton will meet the Centerville-Kerens winner.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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