Round-up: Sharks start volleyball season off with win, drop next 2 in Galveston

Published 9:41 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019

Any momentum Sabine Pass might have built from winning its season opener did not carry far in the next two matches.

In the Galveston O’Connell tournament Thursday, the Sharks defeated Houston Grace Christian 25-12, 25-23 behind Nevaeh Jones’ four kills and six blocks. Joanna Smolsky totaled six kills, Charnel Jones had five kills and two blocks, and Yainn Zuniga spiked three kills in the win.

The next two matches weren’t as kind to the Sharks (1-2). Houston Cristo Rey beat Sabine Pass 25-11, 25-22; and Houston Family Christian took a 25-18, 26-24 win. That sends Sabine Pass to the silver bracket, to be played Saturday.

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Nederland swept 3 times in Pearland

In Pearland, Nederland did not score a single set victory during the first day of the John Turner Classic.

Richmond Foster handed Nederland its first sweep defeat, 25-15, 25-12. Sydney Nelson made six assists and six digs despite the loss, Katie Perez had six digs and three kills, Karley McGill totaled four kills and Kamren Savarino had four assists.

The Woodlands gave Nederland more fits in the second match, winning 25-10, 25-5. Hannah Hickey finished with three kills and Kaylee Adams four digs for Nederland.

Georgetown won the final match 25-10, 25-19. Kaylee Adams finished with six digs, Savarino totaled five assists, and McGill and Hickey each had three kills. Hickey made a block.

Nederland has been placed in a pool with Kingwood, Barbers Hill and Pasadena Memorial for today’s action in the tournament.

Port Neches-Groves also competed in the John Turner Classic, but its scores were unavailable.

Lady Titans struggle in Woodville tourney

In Woodville, Memorial suffered three straight-set losses in a tournament there Thursday.

Woodville beat Memorial 25-12, 25-15, Kelly Catholic handed the Lady Titans a 25-17, 25-22 defeat, and Anahuac fought hard for a 25-18, 25-19 sweep.

No statistics were available. Memorial will visit West Orange-Stark on Friday and return to Woodville on Saturday.


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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