VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY REPORT: McCollum chasing perfection in 28-5A

Southside holds fourth in 29-5A; East Central cruising in 28-6A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Brooks Academy, Burbank, East Central, Highlands, Jefferson, McCollum, Sam Houston, Southside, Southwest.

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Burbank's Sharriah Martinez makes a dig against Brackenridge.
Burbank’s Sharriah Martinez makes a dig against Brackenridge.















Brackenridge senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown serves against Burbank.
Brackenridge senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown serves against Burbank.



















Highlands freshman setter Jazlyn Losoya (8) makes a play at the net.
Highlands freshman setter Jazlyn Losoya (8) makes a play at the net.















Sam Houston setter Rita Davis serves against Highlands.
Sam Houston setter Rita Davis serves against Highlands.






















McCollum (21-8, 13-0) is closing in on a perfect perfect District 28-5A season after recording a pair of victories last week.

The first-place Cowboys knocked off third-place Jefferson (24-8, 9-4) 25-14, 25-22, 25-10 Tuesday and fourth-place Brackenridge (13-23, 9-5) 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21 Friday. The Cowboys had three matches remianing in their district schedule, which concludes Oct. 28 at rival Harlandale.

Victoria Yzaguirre led McCollum with 11 kills, eight digs and two aces against Jefferson. Savannah Borjas added 16 assists and seven digs. Neyda Sanchez contributed nine kills, four blocks and five digs.

Catie Gonzalez logged a team-best 23 digs and Emily Solis chipped in 17 for the Cowboys. Alicia Garcia finished with 14 assists and eight digs. Celeste Ramirez smashed five kills and Cassandra Maldonado had two blocks.

For Jefferson, Cecilia Campos made 18 digs. Gabby Vasquez crunched seven kills. Madelyn Chavez distributed 11 assists. Angela Hardcastle served two aces.

McCollum is one of four area teams that have qualified for the playoffs. East Central (21-15), Highlands (24-10) and Holy Cross (34-13) also have qualified.


The Cardinals (17-14, 7-4) picked up a pair of straight-sets wins last week to hold down fourth-place in District 29-5A.

Southside swept fifth-place Laredo Cigarroa (19-19, 6-6) Oct. 14 at Southside. The Cardinals finished the week with a 25-15, 25-16. 25-10 win at Laredo Martin (1-10 in district).

Against Cigarroa, Southside junior Ashley Sanchez had a team-high 16 kills and nine digs. Alyssa Gallardo distributed 32 assists, served four aces and made eight digs. Mia Soto contributed 14 kills and three aces.

Analee Uriegas led the Cardinals with 17 digs. Klaryssa Vela supplied seven assists and four digs. Chloe Davis had four kills.

East Central

The Hornets (7-0 in district) wrapped up a playoff berth and remained undefeated in District 28-6A with a pair of victories.

First-place East Central defeated Southwest (18-16, 3-4) 25-22, 25-18, 25-27, 25-15 Oct.18 at the Dragons’ gym. The Hornets began the week with a 25-6, 25-13, 25-12 win over Corpus Christi Carroll (0-7 in district) at East Central.

Against Southwest, Hornets senior Kaylin Mills dealt an eye-popping 43 assists and served three aces — as did Madison Simon and Nichole West. Skeyler Embry notched 15 kills and Simon made 13.

Defensive leaders for East Central were Brandi Campos (22 digs) and West (20). Christie Cosper and Mills each had 2.5 blocks.

Southwest shared third-place with Corpus Christi Ray.

Megan Hernandez led the Dragons with 26 digs and two aces. Zoe Marin had a team-best three aces and Candice Kelley led with three blocks. Kassy Cruz (8 kills), Eliana Ponce and Aashlyn Sulaica (12 kills) each provided two blocks.

Angie Aguilar and Yasmine Garcia distributed 16 and 15 assists, respectively.


The Owls (12-1 in district, who have already nailed down a playoff berth, picked up two wins last week to head into their Tuesday home match against District 28-5A leader McCollum with a chance to grab a share of first.

Second-place Highlands survived a tough match against Sam Houston (14-16, 4-10) to win 15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-10, 15-4 Tuesday and Burbank (7-26, 0-13) 25-11, 25-8, 25-14 Friday.

Senior Emily Pearce led Highlands with 21 digs and nine kills. Bryten Mitchan added 13 kiills, nine digs and two aces. Jazmine Jackson contributed 13 kills, nine digs and two aces.

Analisa Garza dished 25 asssists and made six digs, as did Genesis Garcia. Angela Garcia had 10 digs and a team-best three aces. Kiara Pesina made 11 digs.

For the Hurricanes, Tiaria Mackey distributed 11 assists and served two aces. Jordyn Stewart finished with six kills and two blocks. Jasmine Darden was credited with five digs.

Brooks Academy

The Bengals (9-8, 2-6) kept themselves in the playoff hunt by sweeping Cole (6-19, 2-6) for their second District 26-3A victory Tuesday at Cole. Brooks defeated the Cougars 25-14, 25-11, 25-17.

With the win, Brooks Academy moved into a second-place tie with Cole.

No Bengals statistics were available.

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