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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Titans storm back, improve to 7-1

Staff report

Down two sets to Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Memorial had its work cut out on the volleyball court.

“The girls realized this was something we could do,” coach Bianca Dixon said. “It took one hustle play by Ayanna Washington. That changed the mindset, the desire, the will. Then, the girls began to say things like, ‘We’re conditioned for this, we’re built for this, we can do this. And we did.”

The host Titans stormed from being down 20-25, 18-25 to beat LCM 25-22, 25-20, 15-5 on Tuesday. They are 7-1 on the season, the best start through eight games since Dixon took over in the 2014 season.

Diamond Newsome of Memorial attacks against LCM on Tuesday in Port Arthur. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

“We’re beating teams we’ve never beaten,” Dixon said. “We beat West Brook in the [Woodville] tournament and we beat Beaumont United [a first-year school], and now we beat LCM.”

Korie Dominick, Niya Conley abd Janiyah Graham were named Memorial’s outstanding players.

The Titans will visit Kirbyville on Friday.


In Sour Lake, the Hawks dominated the fourth set and got a close call in the fifth to top the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Karley McGill made 14 kills and three solo blocks, and Destyn Miguez had 17 digs and two aces in a 14-25, 25-19, 26-24, 13-25, 13-15 defeat. Jenna Jarrett added 21 assists.

Nederland (1-9) will play Alvin in the Dickinson tournament on Thursday.


In Beaumont, Kaitlyn Gil and Liz Bolyard each had 10 kills in leading the Rock-A-Noos (8-1) to a 25-5, 25-20, 25-11 rout of the Bruins.

Harlee Barnwell served 14 points, Gil 13, Kasidee Sartin six and Layla Stansbury five. Barnwell made 12 assists, Holly Jones eight and Breeanna Riggs two.

Stansbury finished with four kills, three digs and a block. Bayja Newby, Barnwell and Gil each made five digs.

PNG will take on Pasadena Dobie at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Dickinson tournament.

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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