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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Gil’s 8 aces leads Rock-A-Noos; Bulldogs next

The News staff reports

Port Neches-Groves matched its win total from last season and assured itself of a chance to win No. 30 on the season at Nederland on Friday.

Kaitlyn Gil struck eight aces and registered a triple-double of sorts Tuesday in a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 sweep at Dayton in District 21-5A volleyball. The win kept PNG (29-5, 7-1 in 21-5A) in a first-place tie with Barbers Hill.

Gil’s aces came on 16 service points. The senior and last year’s 22-5A MVP made 15 kills and 14 digs as well Tuesday.

Holly Jones and Harlee Barnwell kept points going with 15 and 14 assists, respectively, for PNG. Barnwell also served nine points.

Layla Stansbury and Gil each blocked two shots. Bayja Newby totaled nine digs, Halley Smith had eight and Jones dug four. Liz Bolyard added five kills, while Maylin Louvier, Stansbury and Jones each made four.

Jones served six service points, with Smith and Louvier scoring five each.

PNG and Nederland will square off at 4:30 p.m. Friday.


Sabine Pass 3, Burkeville 0

In Burkeville, Jamesia Jones’ six aces and Anahi Gutierrez’s 10 digs led the Sharks in a 25-12, 25-9, 25-9 sweep of the Mustangs.

Jones finished with five digs. Jaizee Landry (four aces) and Nevaeh Jones (three) each had three kills, but Jones also blocked seven attacks.

Sabine Pass will visit West Hardin on Friday.

Also Tuesday: Nederland lost to Vidor 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 to drop to 19-16 and 5-3 in 21-5A. Memorial lost to Barbers Hill 25-7, 25-12, 28-26 to drop to 18-17 and 1-7 in 21-5A.

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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