Providence stays unbeaten in 4-4A; Highlands wins pair
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Lanier, Providence.
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Everything started falling into place for Brackenridge (6-18, 3-0) recently, after a challenging non-district stretch of the season.
As the Eagles hit their first District 28-5A matches, senior leader Jolicia Shelton-Brown returned from a knee injury and they put their struggles behind them. After defeating Harlandale (8-12, 0-3) 13-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-9 Tuesday and Lanier (3-13, 0-3) 25-13, 25-19, 25-18 Friday, Brackenridge found itself in a three-way tie for first place in 28-5A with Jefferson (16-4, 3-0) and McCollum (10-8, 3-0).
After winning its first district match against Edison Aug. 26, the Eagles lost all seven matches they played in the Mizuno Texas Showdown last week at Smithson Valley.
Shelton-Brown notched 18 digs and six kills against Lanier. Marquanique Freeman dealt 16 assists and served two aces. Eshe Malone added two blocks.
For Lanier, Emily Huerta contributed 11 digs. Jenny Flores finished with seven kills and Rae Ann Douglas had nine assists.
In a thriller against Harlandale, Brackenridge erased a two-game deficit to win 15-9 in Game 5. Brack statistics were not available.
For the Indians, sophomore Kianna Sandoval produced 18 assists, six digs and two aces. Lizette Pedroza smashed 11 kills and Angel Huron added 10. Breanna Soto made a team-best 11 digs. Alicia Garcia added 12 assists. Valeria Stokes and Tanya Ramos (5 digs) each had five kills. Dominique Delgado produced seven digs and Kana Ramos was credited with five.
The Provets (12-8, 3-0) remained undefeated in TAPPS District 4-4A with a pair of victories this week.
Providence defeated Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 25-21, 25-19, 25-18 Tuesday and Cornerstone Christian 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 Friday.
At Providence against Cornerstone, freshman Jazzmyne Williams recorded 14 kills and 14 digs. Mia Ybarra distributed 16 assists and served three aces. Freshman Baleigh Creighton also served three aces.
In Corpus Christi, senior Mital Patel led the Provets with 16 digs. Creighton dealt 16 assists. Williams finished with 12 kills and Hannah Sasser notched four aces.
The Ows (13-9, 2-0) notched two wins in District 28-5A competition this week, defeating Harlandale 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-13 Friday in the Indians’ gym and Edison (7-16, 0-2) 25-21, 25-16, 25-12 Tuesday at the Alamo Convocation Center.
Junior Analisa Garza distributed 38 assists and senior Emily Pearce made 25 digs to lead Highlands in its thriller at Harlandale. Bryten Mitchan (15 kills) and Kiara Pesina each served two aces. Jazmine Jackson and Mitchan each made two blocks.
For Harlandale, Pedroza (13) and Madaline Mendez (12) each provided double-digit kills. Garcia (19), Brandie Herrera (16) and Soto (12) were the assists leaders. Delgado and Kassandra Munoz each added 11 digs. Ramos made six blocks and Stokes had three.
In the Edison match, Jackson led the way with 12 kills and four blocks. Pearce had a team-high 20 digs. Garza distributed 19 assists.
Edison received 13 assists and seven digs from Marissa Cortinas. Kalani Wood put down five kills. Tori Valle added four aces.
The Knights (17-11, 2-1) won four of six matches over the weekend at the St. Mary’s Hall Tournament, in addition to picking up a TAPPS District 4-4A victory over Corpus Christi John Paul II.
Holy Cross defeated Comfort 24-26, 25-17, 25-10 and Forth Worth Country Day 25-15, 25-14 Friday. On Saturday, the Knights defeated Medina Valley 25-19, 25-12 and St. Mary’s Hall 27-25, 23-25, 25-20.
The Knights only loss in the tournament were to Houston Kinkaid, 25-18, 24-26, 17-15 Friday and 25-22, 25-16 Saturday.
Holy Cross defeated John Paul II 25-13, 25-14, 25-20 behind 14 kills apiece from Victoria Gonzalez and Henrianna Ibarra. Ibarra also served five aces. Freshman Autumn Lopez finished with 10 assists. Daisy Flores chased down 21 digs.
The Hornets (12-12) split a pair of matches this week. East Central defeated La Vernia (then 6-14) 25-14, 21-25, 25-22, 25-8 Tuesday at the Bears’ gym.
Five East Central players recorded at least seven kills, led by freshman Skeyler Embry (3 aces) with 15. Madison Simon (12 kills, 25 digs, 2 aces), Lindsey Lubianski (9 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks), Kaylin Mills (8 kills, 22 assists, 10 digs) and Christie Cosper (7 kills, 2 aces) were the offensive leaders.
Brandi Campos led the Hornets defense with 32 digs. Nicole West added 16 digs, four kills and three aces. Alex Pena distributed 13 assists and had six digs. Kirstin Bradley and Montana Heald each served two aces.
Smithson Valley defeated the Hornets 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 Friday at East Central.