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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Titans tower above Mustangs with sweep

Staff reports

Gabriela Arocho is giving Memorial a helping hand on the volleyball court.

Arocho totaled 13 assists and 11 service aces Friday in leading the Titans to a 25-18, 25-6, 25-16 victory at West Orange-Stark. The win moved Memorial to 3-1 on the season.

Niya Conley contributed seven service aces and six kills to the winning cause.

Memorial will resume play in the Woodville tournament today.

PNG 3, LUMBERTON 0

In Port Neches, Kaitlyn Gil totaled 12 digs and 15 service points, and Port Neches-Groves went on to a 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 win over former District 22-5A rival Lumberton to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Holly Jones and Harley Barnwell each had 18 assists, Layla Stansbury had three blocks and Halley Smith served 10 points for the Rock-A-Noos. Bayja Newby had 10 digs.

PNG will return to the Huffman tournament and face Goose Creek Memorial at 10 this morning.

NEDERLAND ENDURES ANOTHER 0-3 DAY

In the Pearland tournament, Nederland has set to score a single set victory, though the Bulldogs came close against Leander Glenn.

Despite another 0-3 day, the Bulldogs are using the tournament to learn about their weaknesses, coach Allie Crommett said. She said it’ll help when Nederland begins play in District 21-5A.

“We came here two years ago and didn’t win a game either,” Crommett said. Nederland shared the 22-5A title with Port Neches-Groves that season.

On Friday, Manvel (25-16, 25-15), Trinity Christian (25-11, 25-9) and Glenn (25-21, 25-23) all swept Nederland (1-6). No statistics were available.

“We knew what we were in for,” Crommett said. “Just needed to see good competition.”

Nederland will start today’s action against the winner of Sonora and Houston Lutheran South at 11:45 a.m.

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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