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VOLLEYBALL OPENING-DAY REPORT: Provets outlast Southside for dramatic win

Holy Cross, McCollum win stunners

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Fox Tech, Harlandale, Holy Cross, Kennedy, McCollum, Providence, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, volleyball.

Southside won the first two games Monday at Providence, but senior setter Sabrina Casares (27 assists, 21 digs) helped the Provets win two in a row, including a 15-13 decision in the decisive game for an opening-day victory.

The Cardinals won the opener 25-20, but Providence recorded the equalizer, winning Game 2, 25-17. Southside was on the verge of victory, after taking Game 3, 25-21. Providence forced a final game with a 25-18 win.

Sophomore Hannah Sasser (4 blocks) and Christi Howell each posted 10 kills for Providence. Juliet Alanis served four aces for the Provets.

Junior Briana Martinez led Southside with 14 kills. Alyssa Gallardo dealt 19 assists. Sophomore Analee Uriegas was credited with 20 digs. Tyler Bolton served a match-best five aces for the Cardinals.

Holy Cross 3, Harlandale 0

The Knights opened their season with a commanding win over Harlandale Monday at their home gym.

Holy Cross swept to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-14 decision as sophomore Henrianna Ibarra hammered 12 kills.

Senior Stella Ramirez distributed 26 assists. Daisy Flores tracked down 13 digs. Megan Hernandez and Anna Zuniga each served three aces.

Tanya Ramos led the Indians with five blocks. Madeline Mendez produced eight kills. Dominque Delgado and Kianna Sandoval each made six digs. Jezell Dimas finished with 11 set assists.

McCollum 3, Southwest 1

The Cowboys won the tight games it needed to and survived the momentum swings Monday at McCollom for an impressive triumph over the Dragons.

McCollum pulled out the marathon first game 28-26. The Cowboys controlled Game 2 for a 25-15 win, but Southwest rallied to smash McCollum 25-13 in the third game. The home team defeated their Class 6A opponent

Cowboys senior leader Neyda Sanchez put down 12 kills. Fellow senior Catie Gonzalez added 13 digs and four aces. Savannah Borjas dealt 16 assists. Victoria Yzaguirre chipped in with three blocks.

Junior Brandy Martinez led the Dragons with 27 digs. Sophomore Brie-Anna Armstrong made 11 kills in her first varsity match. Angie Aguilar finished with 19 assists. Kassandra Cruz had three blocks. Megan Hernandez, who contributed to Southwest state semifinal softball team, served three aces.

Sam Houston 3, Kennedy 0

Junior Rita Davis distributed 18 assists and served two aces, leading the Hurricanes to a 25-12, 25-15, 26-24 win over Kennedy Monday at Sam Houston.

Six-foot-1 senior Karisma Mitchell and Jordyn Stewart each tallied a team-high six kills for Sam Houston. Mitchell also served two aces. Natalie Coburn recorded two blocks.

Senior Amalee Ramos served three aces for the Rockets.

YWLA 3, Fox Tech 0

The Cardinals opened the match with a hard-fought 27-25 win and kept the momentum going to sweep Fox Tech in a matchup of former district rivals.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy claimed the last two games 25-17 and 25-19 Monday at Fox Tech. YWLA statistics were not available.

The Buffaloes were led by junior Liliana Capistran with five digs, two aces, two kills and two assists. Briana Campos and Celeste Hernandez-Marquez also made five digs. Melody Gutierrez recorded a team-high 10 digs. Videlia Acosta added four assists.

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About Mike Considine (1398 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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