Volleyball roundup: Sharks put away Eagles with big fourth set

Published 12:49 pm Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sabine Pass’s volleyball team won two close sets and had to overcome a third-set heartbreak to beat Bob Hope in four Tuesday night.

Yainn Zuniga assisted on 16 points and made four kills in the Sharks’ 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 25-11 win over their former district rival Eagles. Sabine Pass improved to 5-3 with the win.

Jamesia Jones made eight digs for Sabine Pass. Coach Andie Myers said Jones played with an “amazing attitude” and did not let a ball drop.

Nevaeh Jones had nine kills, four blocks and four aces; Charnel Jones totaled three kills, Joanna Smolsky added four aces to her three kills and Jazmin Castro finished with three aces and five digs. Castro, a senior, “never gave up on the ball,” Myers added.

“A great game for both teams. They never gave up,” Myers said.

Statistics for Bob Hope (1-3) were not immediately available.

Sabine Pass will host the Lighthouse Homeschool Association at 4:30 p.m. Friday and visit the team Tuesday. Bob Hope will visit High Island on Friday and Kirbyville next Tuesday before welcoming Sabine Pass to Ninth Avenue next Friday.

Nederland 3, LCM 2
In Nederland, the Bulldogs (7-8) needed each one of Kamren Savarino’s 52 assists and two aces to avoid a complete collapse from a 2-0 set lead.

Nederland won 25-20, 25-22 but LCM came back to take 25-22, 25-20 wins before Nederland responded with a 15-10 win.

Kaylee Adams and Jenna Brekel each had 16 digs in the Bulldogs’ win. Hannah Hickey had 17 kills and two blocks, Karley McGill 16 kills and four digs, Katie Perez 15 kills, eight digs and two aces and Hannah Torres 11 kills in the win.

Nederland will host Bridge City at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Tarkington 3, PNG 2
In Tarkington, Paxton Shults’ 25 assists and Kasidee Sartin’s 20 digs were not enough for the Rock-A-Noos (7-11) in a 21-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 15-9 loss to the Longhorns.

“Tarkington is a strong group,” PNG coach Brittany Fruge said. “They played very well. We are fighting through some key injuries and focusing on getting healthy. Key players aren’t in at all or have to sit for rest in rotations they usually play. It’s been a battle for sure, but this is what preseason is for.”

Five PNG players finished with double digits in kills. Layla Stansbury and Liz Bolyard each had 15 digs, Reese Weatherford 12 and Shults 11.

Bolyard led with 16 digs and added 11 blocks for a triple-double. Stansbury’s 13 kills gave her a double-double, while Sarah Grove killed nine. Stansbury also blocked three.

“We are playing tough competition every time we step on the floor,” Fruge said. “These girls are a close-knit group. They love each other. They love this game. And they will overcome this adversity. I believe we are learning what the meaning of the word ‘grit’ is. Since we’ve started, we’ve lost 10 individual [sets] by two points. We have things to continue to work on, but the have heart and fight that our kids are showing right now makes me so proud. It will carry us a long way at the right time. I believe that wholeheartedly.”

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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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