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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Rock-A-Noos take home Silver title from Dickinson

Staff reports

The third time was the charm for Port Neches-Groves.

So were the first two meetings against Goose Creek Memorial.

PNG defeated its former District 22-5A rival for the third time this season en route to winning the Silver bracket of the Dickinson tournament Saturday. The Rock-A-Noos rebounded from a 23-25 first-set defeat to beat the Patriots 27-25, 27-21.

That won’t be the last meeting between the two teams. GCM will visit PNG on Friday.

PNG then beat Channelview 25-15, 25-13, and defeated Dulles 18-25, 25-10, 25-20.

Kaitlyn Gil totaled 44 kills, 35 digs and 12 service points through the three matches. Liz Bolyard finished off 39 kills and blocked, Bayja Newby dug 25 and served 18 points, and Layla Stansbury and Maylin Louvier each blocked five.

Harlee Barnwell led PNG in service points with 27. Kasidee Sartin had 12.

Halley Smith and Barnwell each had 19 digs, with Holly Jones recording 14. Stansbury killed six, Jones made 33 assists, and Natalie Nelson dished five assists.

PNG will host Tarkington on Tuesday.

NEDERLAND BOOSTS WINNING STREAK

Nederland has turned a nine-match losing streak to a six-match win string.

The Bulldogs finished play in the Dickinson tournament with three more victories Saturday to take the Bronze bracket. The Bulldogs handled Angleton 25-14, 25-13 and needed to rebound from a second-set defeat to beat Houston Second Baptist 25-13, 24-26, 25-16 before wrapping up the bracket with a 25-14, 25-13 win over La Porte.

Karley McGill was named to the all-tournament team from Nederland (7-10).

The Bulldogs will visit Little Cypress-Mauriceville on Tuesday.

MEMORIAL EARNS CONSOLATION TITLE

In Orangefield, Memorial shared the consolation title with Evadale in a tournament there.

The consolation final was not played because Memorial (13-4) had already played three matches on the day, the limit under UIL policy.

Memorial will visit East Chambers on Friday.

Sabine Pass’ match against Chester scheduled for Aug. 24 has been canceled.

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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