VOLLEYBALL Harlandale executes turnaround in winning own tourney

Memorial claims Edgewood ISD Tournament title

Harlandale entered the Harlandale ISD Tournament winless and exited it as champions.

The Indians (4-2) defeated Holmes in the semifinals and previously unbeaten Stevens in the title match Saturday at McCollum. Harlandale won its fourth-consecutive tournament match 25-27, 25-15, 25-17 over Stevens (5-1) to finish first.

Holy Cross (4-2) placed fourth, despite losing to Stevens and Holmes Saturday. The losses were the Knights’ first this season.

Tournament most valuable player Katie Neira led Harlandale with 14 kills, four digs and three aces in the championship match. Fellow all-tournament selections Sabrina Esparza (11 kills, 12 digs) and Sierra Sandoval (12 digs) also filled key roles.

Kianna Sandoval also was a standout for the Indians, finishing with nine digs, seven assists and three service aces. Erika Arredondo recorded 11 kills and two blocks. Catherine Silva dealt 20 assists and picked up seven digs. Yolanda Garcia (2 blocks), Madeline Mendez (1.5 blocks) and Kelly Landin (4 digs) contributed.

Against Holmes, Silva notched 13 assists, three blocks, three digs and two aces in a 25-15, 23-25, 25-17 victory. Sierra Sandoval was credited with 25 digs. Neira had 11 kills, four assists and two blocks. Kianna Sandoval added nine assists and five aces. Landin made eight digs. Arredondo and Mendez provided three and two blocks, respectively.

Holy Cross lost a tough match to Stevens 25-16, 25-17 and fell 25-12, 25-15 in the third-place match. Knights statistics were unavailable.

South San (5-2) won a pair of matches Saturday. The Bobcats defeated McCollum (1-4) 25-13, 25-19 and  Brackenridge (2-4) 25-13, 26-24.

Brack took a three-game win over St. Anthony in its other match of the day. Renee Osife led the way with 25 assists, 18 digs and three aces. Darlene Jackson finished with 12 kills and four blocks. Kathy Sifuentes made 19 digs. Jolicia Shelton-Brown notched 10 kills, five digs and two blocks. Ana DeLeon added six kills and two blocks. Miranda Flores also made six kills. Dominique Ramirez made nine digs.

Burbank edged District 28-4A rival Lanier 25-14, 24-26, 25-17 in its only match Saturday.

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Memorial (9-2) secured the title Saturday by winning three-game matches over Fox Tech (6-6) and Sam Houston (7-1).

The Minutemen edged Sam Houston 25-20, 19-25, 25-16 as the teams needed a third game to decide the outcome for the second-straight day. Memorial pulled out both of those matches.

Memorial was led by Miranda Puente with nine kills, nine blocks and two aces. Larissa Lopez and Sarah Trevino also served two aces apiece. Bridget Gomez distributed 14 assists. Jatziry Duarte made 11 digs.

For the Hurricanes, Tiaria Mackey recorded 10 kills. Karisma Mitchell stepped up to make five blocks. Rita Davis dealt 15 assists.

Memorial defeated the Buffaloes 20-25, 25-16, 25-20. No statistics were available from the match.

Sam Houston rallied to defeat Providence 20-25, 25-17, 25-10 and swept Young Women’s Leadership Academy (1-9) 25-17, 25-9 in its previous two matches Saturday.

Fox Tech defeated Kennedy 25-22, 25-18 and lost to Providence 25-17, 25-14 in its other matches Saturday.

Providence (5-5) also claimed a 25-15, 25-22 sweep over Eagle Pass Winn.

Kennedy (4-5) received 12 digs from Clara Lopez, four kills from Omni Garcia and two blocks from Celeste Saed against Fox Tech. The Rockets defeated Winn 25-18, 25-23 behind 29 assists and 11 kills from Ashley Garza. Lopez made 11 digs. Taylor Martinez recorded two aces. Saed again had two blocks.

Northside ISD Tournament

East Central (5-3) was victorious in two of three matches Saturday, including a 25-19, 25-13 decision over District 28-5A rival Southwest (3-6) at Paul Taylor Gymnasium.

The Hornets also defeated Pasadena Dobie 25-18, 25-15 and fell in three games to Madison 21-25, 28-26, 25-18 despite 18 digs from Brandy Campos and six kills from Kaylin Mills.

Against Southwest, Madison Simon finished with eight digs and seven kills. Nichole West added five kills. Campos made eight digs. West notched 11 assists.

For the Dragons, Megan Hernandez (11 digs) and Ashlyn Sulaica (10 digs) were defensive leaders. Softball standout Kamerie Vidales led Southwest with seven kills. Dori Martinez finished with eight assists. Melissa Garza made two blocks.

East Central was led by West with seven kills and two aces against Dobie. Simon recorded four kills and 11 digs. Campos had a team-best 14 digs. Mills dealt nine assists and Alex Pena added five.

The Dragons lost all three of their matches Saturday.

Wagner Tournament

Edison (3-6) won two of three matches on the final day of the Wagner Tournament.

The Golden Bears pulled out tough matches against 28-4A rival Highlands (0-8) 25-23, 21-25, 25-18 and Jay 22-25, 25-18, 25-15.

Edison put up a strong blocking front against Highlands with Kalani Woods recording three blocks and Paula Moreno and Elizza Torres (4 digs) adding two apiece. Karen Guerrero led with five kills. Marissa Cortinas finished with 10 assists. Amy Marcos made 11 digs and Joanna Benavidez seven.

Highlands statistics were unavailable.

In the Jay match, Cortinas and Marcos each made 17 digs. Guerrero (5 kills) recorded 13 digs and Benavidez had 10. Woods added four kills.

The host team handed Edison its only loss Saturday. Wagner won 25-8, 25-12.


VOLLEYBALL: Harlandale, Holy Cross thrive in Day 1 at Harlandale Tourney

Memorial wins three matches at Edgewood ISD Tourney

Harlandale and undefeated Holy Cross each won all four of its matches during the first day of the Harlandale ISD Tournament, which was played at Harlandale and McCollum.

Harlandale (2-2) picked up its first two wins of the season after two tough non-district matches. The Indians won a pair of close matches, prevailing 25-19, 25-21 over Jefferson and 25-23. 25-20 over Marshall.

The Indians, who will play Holmes (3-1) in their first match Saturday, received contributions from several players.

Senior standout Katie Neira supplied 13 kills against Marshall and nine against Jefferson. Catherine Silva made accross-the-board contributions in the Marshall match with 11 assists, five aces and eight digs. Kianna Sandoval added nine assists. Sabrina Esparza made nine digs and seven kills. Jacqueline Espinoza made eight digs. Kelly Landin finished with five digs.

Sierra Sandoval had a strong game against Jefferson with 12 digs and four service aces. Esparza had seven digs and four kills. Silva distributed 12 assists and provided four digs. Kianna Sandoval added four assists. Madeline Mendez made two blocks.

Jefferson statistics from the match were unavailable.

Holy Cross (4-0) will be matched up against Stevens (4-0) Saturday, after logging wins over Laredo United 25-14. 25-19 and St. Anthony 25-9, 25-18. Knights statistics from both matches were unavailable.

Brackenridge, Jefferson, McCollum and South San each won one match.

McCollum (1-3) downed Brackenridge 25-15, 25-19 before running into Stevens. The Falcons won 25-16, 25-18. No McCollum statistics were available.

Brackenridge bounced back to defeat Weslaco East 20-25, 25-9, 25-19 behind 16 assists, six digs and four aces from Renee Osife. Kathy Sifuentes made 13 digs. Jolicia Shelton-Brown made seven kills and four digs. Ana DeLeon added five kills. Alyssa Quiroz was credited with five digs.

Against McCollum, Osife distributed nine assists and made six digs. Sifuentes also made six digs. Darlene Jackson added two blocks.

South San (3-1) lost its first match of the season, falling to Stevens 19-25, 25-13, 25-8. The Bobcats recovered to defeat Laredo United 25-14, 25-16.

Jefferson defeated District 28-5A rival Burbank 25-11, 25-15.

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Memorial raised its record to 7-2 with three victories Friday.

The Minutemen defeated red-hot Sam Houston (7-1) 25-19, 16-25, 25-19 in a key match. Memorial also won over Providence 25-22, 25-18 and Eagle Pass Winn 25-20, 21-25, 28-26.

Sam Houston won 25-20, 25-21 over Young Women’s Leadership Academy and 25-12, 25-12 over the Memorial junior varsity.

Providence (3-4) defeated Fox Tech (5-4) in a three-game match, 25-19, 22-25, 27-25. The Provets also won 25-21, 25-8 against YWLA.

Fox Tech edged Kennedy 25-15, 25-18 and Winn 26-24, 25-21. Kennedy defeated YWLA 2516, 25-17.

Northside ISD Tournament

East Central and Southwest all picked up victories over Floresville in the highly competitive tournament.

East Central (3-2) defeated the Jaguars 25-16, 25-23. The Hornets were led by Brandy Campos with 12 digs. Six-foot-three sophomore Lindsey Lubianski made two blocks and served two aces. Danny Alvarez distributed nine assists. Madison Simon and Christi Crosper each finished with five kills. Nichole West added five digs.

Southwest (3-3) defeated Floresville 25-17, 25-15. The Dragons were led by eight digs apiece from Megan Hernandez and Zoe Marin. Hernandez and Kamerie Vidales each had four kills. Angie Aguilar was credited with seven assists.

Wagner Tournament

Edison defeated Southside 15-25, 25-23, 25-17 in a tournament match.

Joanna Benavidez finished with 10 digs, Amy Marcos added eight and Karen Guerrero had five for the Golden Bears (1-5). Marissa Cortinas dealt nine assists. Elizza Torres made three blocks.

Statistics for Southside (1-4) were unavailable.

VOLLEYBALL Mid-Week Roundup: Hurricanes off to strong start in Edgewood ISD Tournament

Memorial defeats YWLA for second-straight day

Sam Houston won three matches and lost only two games during the opening day of the Edgewood ISD Tournament Thursday.

The unbeaten Hurricanes (5-0) defeated co-host Kennedy 25-12, 11-25, 25-18, won 25-20, 18-25, 25-18 over Eagle Pass Winn and downed Providence 25-10, 25-17.

Sam Houston defeated Fox Tech 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 Wednesday in a non-district match. Hurricanes statistics were unavailable from that match. Fox Tech received 10 assists and six digs from Ruby Chapa. Ruby Zavala had six kills and Elisabeth Crane produced five. Brianna Campos, Elizabeth Narezo and Cassandra Salazar each contributed five digs.

In tournament matches, co-host Memorial defeated Fox Tech 25-14, 25-21 and Young Women’s Leadership Academy 25-14, 25-20.  The Minutemen also had won 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 against YWLA Wednesday in a non-district match.

In that match, Larissa Lopez, Miranda Puente and Areli Reynoso all had five kills for Memorial. Lopez also served five aces. Jatziry Duarte made five digs.

Alejandra Ramirez (8 digs), Tatiana Sorwell, Serina Trevino and Karease Williams (9 assists) all served seven aces for YWLA. Jylian Bolton made three kills.

YWLA defeated the Kennedy junior varsity 25-20, 25-10 in the tournament. No individual statistics were available for any of the tournament matches.

Kennedy defeated Winn 25-18, 25-23. Fox Tech defeated Kennedy’s JV 25-11, 25-5. Providence edged Kennedy 24-26, 25-21, 25-17.

Jefferson d. Kennedy

The Mustangs won 25-11, 25-13, 15-25, 25-7 over Kennedy behind an outstanding, 40-dig effort from senior Melanie Ybarra Wednesday at the Rockets’ gym.

Courtney Garcia finished with 14 assists and five aces for Jefferson. Krystin Garcia and Gabriella Vasquez added seven kills.

Ashley Garza led the Rockets with six kills. Alexandra Arzola distributed four assists.

Holy Cross d. Providence

The Knights claimed a victory over their former district rival Providence 28-26, 25-16, 25-13 Wednesday at Holy Cross.

Mallory Ozuna and  Henrianna Ibarra each made seven kills for Holy Cross. Julia Ibarra dealt 28 assists.  Daisy Flores served three aces.

Senior Logan Glick led Providence with nine digs, six kills and two aces. Juliet Alanis also served two aces. Hannah Sasser made four blocks. Sabrina Casares had nine assists.

East Central

The Hornets (2-0) won their first two matches of the season Tuesday in Navarro. East Central swept Lockhart 25-23, 25-13, 25-10 and defeated the host school 19-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-21, 15-10.

Nichole West led the Hornets in the Lockhart match with seven kills. Kaylin Mills finished with 12 assists and two aces. Brandy Campos recorded eight digs. Six-foot-three sophomore Lindsey Lubianski had 1.5 blocks.

East Central statistics against Navarro weren’t available.

Burbank d. Providence

The Bulldogs finally prevailed under rally scoring, edging Providence 25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 16-14.

Burbank senior Jenna Villanueva manufactured 15 kills and 12 blocks. Alejandra Martinez was credited with 32 digs. Leticia Gomez served four aces.

Glick paced the Pro-vets with 16 digs, 15 kills and three aces. Sabrina Casares distributed 22 assists. Emily Pearson produced three blocks.

FOOTBALL: Games at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex this year

Friday, Aug. 30

Brackenridge (0-0) vs. Sam Houston (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6

Floresville (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Uvalde (0-0) vs. Highlands (0-0), 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13

Kennedy (0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Devine (0-0) vs. Sam Houston (0-0), 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Del Rio (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4

Burbank (0-0) vs. Jefferson (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11

Edison (0-0) vs. Brackenridge (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18

Burbank (0-0) vs. Edison (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Somerset (0-0) vs. Sam Houston (0-0), 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25

Edison (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1

La Vernia (0-0) vs. Sam Houston (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Burbank (0-0) vs. Lanier (0-0), 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: Knights recover to defeat Jefferson in season opener

Kennedy, Sam Houston, South San and Southwest record sweeps

Holy Cross came close to putting away Jefferson in three games Monday  in the season-opener for both teams, but the Mustangs weren’t going down without a fight.

The Knights had to rally in Game 4 of the non-district match at Jefferson to claim a 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16 victory.

Senior setter Julia Ibarra led Holy Cross with 20 assists. Freshman Henrianna Ibarra contributed seven kills. Daisy Flores was credited with five digs and Mallory Ozuna served three aces.

Jefferson statistics were unavailable.

Sam Houston d. Lanier

The Hurricanes defeated Lanier 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 Monday at the Voks’ gym.

Sam Houston statistics were unavailable.

Lanier received 13 kills and four digs from junior Elizabeth DeHoyoa. Samantha Ibarra added five kills and five digs. Brenda Urbina provided seven assists and four digs. Alejandra Martinez recorded a team-high nine digs and Vanessa Trevino supplied six. Yulisa Beltran made five blocks.


Southwest defeated Edison 25-21, 25-22, 25-11 and host Southside defeated Edison 25-21, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23 Monday in a triangular at the Cardinals’ gym. The Edison-Southwest score was unavailable.

Senior libero Ariana Cisneros led Southside with 34 digs against Edison and 21 against Southwest. Senior middle blocker Cristina Guerra had 10 kills, four digs and two blocks in the win over Edison. She finished with six kills against Southwest.

Cardinals freshman Alyssa Gallardo made a splash in her varsity debut. In her first match, Gallardo added 10 assists and nine digs against Southwest. Against Edison, she produced 11 digs and 21 assists. Michelle Reyes also made 11 digs in the Edison match and five against Southwest.

In the Edison match, Southside’s Aimee Wood chipped in with eight digs and three aces. Chloe Davis made five digs and four kills.

Fox Tech-Memorial-South San

South San built momentum early to down Fox Tech 25-9, 25-7, 25-23 in a triangular  Monday in a triangular at Edgewood Gym.

Fox Tech began the day with a four-game win over host Memorial. The Minutemen won the first game 25-18. The Buffaloes prevailed in the match with 27-25, 25-13, 25-23 victories.

Junior Brianna Campos dealt 19 assists and made 10 digs to lead Fox Tech against Memorial. Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Crane led with match highs of eight kills and three blocks. Ruby Zavala offered  her support up front with five kills and two blocks.

Cassandra Salinas contributed 15 digs and served two aces for the Buffaloes. Briana Rangel chipped in five digs and four kills. Adelind-Idris Sifuentes also made five digs.

For Memorial, senior Jatziry Duarte finished with a team-high eight digs. Miranda Puente had a well-rounded match with five kills, two aces and two blocks. Bridget Gomez was credited with nine assists.

In the South San match, Salazar (8 digs) and Rangel (5 digs) were defensive standouts for Fox Tech. Crane made two blocks. Elizabeth Nareso served two aces.

South San statistics were unavailable.

Kennedy d. YWLA

The Rockets stormed to a 25-13, 25-19, 25-9 win over the Young Women’s Leadership Academy Monday at Kennedy. Statistics were unavailable from the season-opener for both teams.