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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Indians 4-0 in district after sweep of Titans

Port Neches-Groves’ and Memorial’s football teams took a break Friday night. PNG’s volleyball winning streak didn’t.

Liz Bolyard rang up 13 kills, leading the Rock-A-Noos to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-12 in Port Arthur to improve to 4-0 in District 21-5A on a night when Jefferson County’s five biggest UIL football teams each enjoyed a bye week. PNG (26-4) has won 22 straight district matches, dating back to 2016.

Kaitlyn Gil put together another all-around match with 10 kills, 16 service points (two aces), two blocks and five digs for the Indians. Halley Smith served 11 points (two aces) and Holly Jones had nine (three aces), as each totaled six digs.

Jones made 17 assists, and Harlee Barnwell added seven.

No statistics were available for Memorial (17-14, 0-4 in 21-5A).

Barbers Hill will visit PNG on Tuesday, when Memorial visits Cleveland.


Nederland 3, Cleveland 0

In Cleveland, Jenna Jarrett and Kamren Savarino each served up 14 assists in a 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 win over the Indians.

Hannah Hickey (nine kills), Mackenzie MacFarlane (eight) and Meg Sheppard (seven) led the offensive charge for the Bulldogs (18-14, 4-1 in 21-5A), who host Dayton on Tuesday.


Sabine Pass 3, High Island 1

In High Island, Anahi Gutierrez’s defense played a big role in the Sharks’ 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 26-24 win over the Cardinals.

Gutierrez had a team-high 20 digs, and Jaizee Landry added 10 to go with six kills and two aces for the Sharks (9-6, 2-3 in 24-2A). Yainn Zuniga worked up 24 assists and five digs, Joanna Smolsky killed six, Jamesia Jones had four kills and two aces, Nevaeh Jones blocked three, killed three and aced two and Brooklyn Dixon spiked three kills for the Sharks, who host Spurger on Tuesday.

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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