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WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL REPORT: McCollum seizes 28-5A lead with two key wins

Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.

Holy Cross tops rival; Edison wins pair

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston, South San.

Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.

Holy Cross junior Victoria Gonzalez produced seven digs against rival Providence.

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In a week that could shape the District 28-5A race for the rest of the season, McCollum (14-8, 6-0) rose to the challenge and snared sole possession of first place.

The Cowboys handed Highlands (16-10, 5-1) its first district loss 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-11 Friday at McCollum. McCollum won 25-16, 15-25, 25-15, 25-12 Tuesday at Brackenridge (8-20, 5-1).

Freshman Miranda Rich led McCollum with nine kills against Highlands. Other big hitters were Victoria Yzaguirre (8 kills, 7 aces, 4 digs) and Neyda Sanchez (6 kills, 4 blocks). Savannah Borjas had a team-high 17 assists and Alysia Garcia supplied 11. Emily Solis served six aces and tallied six assists.

As a result of the loss, Highlands shared second place with Jefferson (19-5, 5-1).

The Owls were led by Jazmine Jackson with 12 kills and two blocks. Sara Denton also contributed two blocks. Analisa Garza distributed 20 assists and served two aces. Genesis Garcia also added two aces. Kiara Pesina made 22 digs.

Against Brackenridge, McCollum received nine kills, six aces, six digs and three blocks from Yzaguirre. Rich again led in kills with 10, while Sanchez pounded eight. and Cassandra Maldonado and Celeste Ramirez each finished with six kills. Borjas (21) and Garcia (16) were the assist leaders.

Jolicia Shelton-Brown led the Eagles with nine kills, nine digs and two blocks. Eshe Malone (4 kills) and Courtney Hansford also made two blocks apiece. Jacky Nevarez served four aces and made three digs. Junior Skyler Reyna made eight digs and Kathy Sifuentes added seven. Marquanique Freeman (17 assists) and Anesha Kincheon each had five digs.

Holy Cross/Providence

Holy Cross (24-12, 7-1) won two of three matches last week, including a TAPPS District 4-4A win over rival Providence (13-12, 4-3) 25-12, 25-18, 25-12 Tuesday. The Knights only loss was an impressive one, falling in five sets to powerful Boerne (25-5) Friday.

The Knights finished the week with a three-game sweep of Texas Military Institute. At Holy Cross, the hosts won by three identical scores of 25-18 Saturday.

In the Providence match, Victoria Gonzalez (7 digs, 3 aces, 2 blocks) and Henrianna Ibarra (19 digs, 3 aces) hammered 13 kills apiece. Erin Torralva added 4.5 blocks. Kimberley Butcher dealt 12 assists and Autumn Lopez (7 digs) was credited with 11. Daisy Flores finished with six aces and six digs.

For the Provets, senior Mital Patel notched a team-high 12 digs. Jazzmyne Williams produced seven kills. Sophomore Juliet Alanis dealt six assists.

In Friday’s match, the Knights got stronger as the match at Holy Cross went on. However, Boerne won 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 26-28, 16-14.

Three Knights put up big numbers.Ibarra made 33 digs, had 26 kills, made four blocks and served two aces. Gonzalez recorded 20 kills, 20 digs and five blocks. Junior Anna Zuniga finished with 22 assists, 17 digs, six blocks and five kills.

Providence finished the week Saturday with a 4-4A win at Laredo St. Augustine 25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20.

Williams led Providence with 24 kills and 30 digs. Mia Ybarra also contributed 30 digs. Freshman Baleigh Creighton distributed 32 assists. Junior Emily Pearson (2 blocks) and freshman Jessica Banelos each supplied four aces.

Edison

The Golden Bears (10-17, 3-3) registered two wins and ascended to a fifth-place tie in 28-5A with Harlandale (11-12, 3-3). The Indians also won two matches .

Edison downed Burbank (6-19, 0-6) 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 25-13 Friday. The Golden Bears also stunned Sam Houston (11-12, 1-6) 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 Tuesday. Both matches were played at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Kalani Wood led Edison with 10 kills and five blocks against Burbank. Marissa Cortinas added 23 assists. Lauren Gutierrez had a team-best 19 digs.

For the Bulldogs, Katherine Regalado made a match-best 27 digs. Savannah Casiano finished with 10 blocks and 10 kills. Jessica Molina dished 10 assists and served two acess. Felicity Meskah also served two aces.

The Golden Bears received 18 assists and six digs from Cortinas. Gutierrez supplied a team-high 10 digs Elizabeth Robledo chipped in with seven. Wood (2 blocks) finished with seven kills and Samantha Garza added five.

Karisma Mitchell led Sam Houston with seven kills and five blocks. Rita Davis added 10 assists. Senior Dajah Thomas made seven digs.

Harlandale/Lanier

The Indians (11-12, 3-3) pushed past Sam Houston 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 Friday in a District 28-5A match. Harlandale also defeated Lanier (3-16, 0-6) 25-8, 25-15, 25-10 in a district match Tuesday.

Harlandale’s Dominique Delgado (7 digs) served four aces and Kianna Sandoval (12 assists) delivered three against Sam Houston. Alicia Garcia contributed 11 assists. Madeline Mendez led the Indians with seven kills. Other top hitters were Kassandra Munoz (9 digs) and Angel Huron with five kills apiece and Keana Ramos with four.

Natalie Coburn led Sam Houston with two blocks and 15 digs. Mitchell pounded nine kills. Thomas provided 11 digs. Tiaria Mackey added six assists and served two aces. Davis (4 assists) had eight digs and Jasmine Darden provided five.

Against Lanier, Garcia distributed 17 assists for the Indians. Up front, the leaders were Huron (8 kills), Valeria Stokes (7 kills, 2 blocks) and Tanya Ramos (5 kills, 2 blocks). Delgado led with 12 digs and Breanna Soto was credited with five. Sandoval added five digs, four assists and two aces.

For the Voks, Emily Huerta had a team-best 10 digs. Rae Ann Douglas dealt four assists. Jackie Juarez served two aces.

Lanier defeated Fox Tech (5-24) 23-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-19 Friday at the Buffaloes’ gym.

Carla Ponce led Fox Tech with eight kills and seven assists. Melody Gutierrez had a team-high18 digs. Lilliana Capistran contributed 12 assists. Mercedes Villarreal added five kills, three blocks and two aces. Deanna Rodriguez added five digs.

Lanier statistics from the Fox Tech match were unavailable.

South San

The Bobcats (14-13) swept Laredo LBJ 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 Friday in a non-district match at South San.

Lauren Estrada led the Bobcats with 13 kills, four digs and three blocks. Miranda Gonzalez also finished with four digs. Clarissa Ruiz led South San with four aces. Erica Jimenez recorded 18 assists.

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About Mike Considine (1244 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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