Volleyball roundup: Bulldogs start 21-5A with sweep

Published 1:00 am Saturday, September 14, 2019

Nederland finished its non-district slate strong, and the newfound strength has carried into District 21-5A play.

Behind Kaylee Adams’ 19 digs and Karley McGill’s 11 kills, Nederland opened league volleyball play at home Friday with a 25-6, 25-9, 25-14 victory over Port Arthur Memorial. The win is the fourth in a row for the Bulldogs and their second straight sweep, coming off a convincing win over 5A 14th-ranked Goose Creek Memorial.

Kamren Savarino reached 30 assists, Hannah Hickey totaled nine kills and six aces and Katie Perez totaled six kills, three aces and four digs for Nederland (18-12). No statistics were available for PA Memorial.

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Nederland will visit Barbers Hill on Tuesday, while PA Memorial takes a bye Tuesday and visits Barbers Hill next Friday.

Port Neches-Groves had the district off date Friday.



In Burkeville, Joanna Smolsky totaled five aces and three kills, and Brooklyn Dixon added seven aces and three kills in a 25-10, 25-7, 25-22 win Friday.

Sabine Pass will visit West Hardin on Friday.

— I.C. Murrell




Opening the New Mexico State SpringHill Suites Invitational with a strong offensive performance, Lamar University (5-3) took down Grambling State University (1-6) 25-18, 25-18, 25-11 on Friday afternoon.
The Cardinals were paced on offense by double-double performances from Abigale Nash (13 kills, 11 digs) and Port Neches’ Kaitlyn Gil (11 kills, 11 digs). Nash earned her seventh double-double in eight matches played this year, and Gil earned her first career Cardinal double-double. Dannisha House (nine kills, three blocks) and Malaysia Murdock (seven kills, two blocks) continue to be a force to be reckoned with, hitting at over .350 and combining for five blocks, and Annika Slovak had 39 assists for Big Red, a personal-best. LU hit .320 for the match with 46 kills as a team, and held possession 56.8 percent of the match with a 68.8 sideout percentage.

Lamar returns to action today with the final two matches of the NMSU SpringHill Suites Invitational, playing the University of Portland (5-2) at 2 p.m. Central and the tourney host, New Mexico State (6-0) at 7 p.m. Central.

— Lamar sports information


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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