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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Nederland beats Dayton in five

Following a 28-26, second-set victory, Nederland fell in its next two sets at Dayton before narrowly closing out the fifth set in a big District 21-5A match Tuesday.

Kamren Savarino’s 39 assists and Karley McGill’s 16 kills were enough for Nederland to take a 25-15, 28-26, 23-25, 21-25, 16-14 win on the road for its third straight victory. The win helped the Bulldogs (21-13, 4-1 in 21-5A) stay within a game of Barbers Hill for the district lead heading into Saturday’s Mid-County Madness home match against Port Neches-Groves. Nederland will take a bye on Friday as originally scheduled.

McGill added three blocks. Katie Perez earned a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. She and Hannah Hickey (nine kills, two blocks) each had an ace.

Kaylee Adams earned 22 digs, and Savarino was one dig away from a double-double to go with four aces.

 

Barbers Hill 3, PNG 0

In Mont Belvieu, the Rock-A-Noos (13-17, 3-1 in 21-5A) tried to shake up the district race, but a narrow first-set victory gave the Eagles (5-0 in 21-5A) enough momentum to remain in first place.

Barbers Hill earned a 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 sweep despite Liz Bolyard’s 16 kills, Breeana Riggs’ 13 assists and Halley Smith’s 14 digs. Paxton Shults earned two aces and Trista Hughes had eight digs for PNG, which had won three in a row.

PNG will host Vidor on Friday and visit Nederland for a noon battle Saturday.

 

Deweyville 3, Sabine Pass 1

Despite Jamesia Jones’ 25 digs and Yainn Zuniga’s 19 assists, Sabine Pass (13-7, 5-3 in 24-2A) could not build on a second-set victory and saw its five-match winning streak come to an end.

Zuniga also had two kills and five digs in a 25-21, 19-25, 25-10, 25-16 home loss. Joanna Smolsky had four kills, Nevaeh Jones four blocks, Charnel Jones five kills and two blocks, Jazmin Castro three aces and four digs and Kennedy LeJune five digs for the Sharks, who visit Evadale on Friday.

Also Tuesday: Cleveland swept Memorial 25-17, 25-14, 25-17; and Deweyville defeated Sabine Pass 25-21, 19-25, 25-10, 25-16.

— I.C. Murrell

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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