FROM STAFF REPORTS
The first annual “Jam the Gym” night in volleyball at the Lions Den was a success as the Greenville Lady Lions won 14-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7 on Tuesday over the Denison Lady Jackets.
The visiting Yellow Jackets started fast in the first set as Nicole Swindell, Kaycie Hamilton, Harley Goodin and Sara Shumaker all had big service points.
Greenville had its way in the second set as Britney Smith, Savannah Himes, Kalli Moyer and Brinkley Henson all led the way.
Greenville jumped out to a 10-5 advantage in the third set, but Melanie Garcia tied it at 13-13 with six straight service points for Denison. Hamilton then served for seven straight service points to give Denison a 20-14 lead. Denison then held on to win the set by two points.
Smith, Jamison Forst, Henson, Moyer and Savannah Himes all had big service points in the fourth set.
Greenville rolled in the fifth set to claim the match.
The Lady Lions are now 8-15 overall and 3-7 in district.
Savannah Himes led Greenville with four aces, while Tayler Cordova led in digs with 10.
Himes led in kills with 11 and Melanie Collazos and Britney Smith each had seven.
Himes was the blocks leader with five, while Forst tallied three.
Kalli Moyer paced Greenville in assists with 20 and Brinkley Henson had 10.
“I’m very proud of the way the whole team played tonight,” said Greenville coach Amanda Marek. “They adjusted well to changes and were able to pull out the win. The net play from Savannah Himes was crucial in our victory.”
Melanie Collazos was presented the Academic Athlete award for the month of September by Marek and athletic director Marvin Sedberry in pre-game ceremonies.
Greenville took the junior varsity match, 25-18, 25-21.
Denison won the freshman match, 25-10, 24-26, 25-17.
Greenville will host Wylie East Friday at 5:30 p.m. With freshman and junior varsity matches to follow.
GCS jams gym
and wins in three
Greenville Christian School celebrated its “Jam the Gym” night on Tuesday with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 volleyball victory over East Texas Christian Academy of Tyler.
GCS coach Natalie Brown said the crowd was “roaring.”
“The Lady Eagles love the GCS fans,” she said.
Lacy Sorrells put away six kills and served for 12 points.
Larissa Buchanan also managed six kills for GCS and registered four blocks.
Lynsie Brown led the defense with 17 digs.
“Our Lady Eagles are learning that hard work pays off and seeing it come into fruition,” said the GCS coach.
No. 4 Caddo Mills
CADDO MILLS — No. 4 state-ranked Caddo Mills upped its season volleyball record to 29-4 with a 25-15, 26-14, 25-19 non-district win over Class 3A Kaufman on Tuesday night.
The Lady Foxes are ranked fourth in 2A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Hallie Smith led Caddo Mills with 10 kills and three aces.
Natalee Wright set for 24 assists.
Jaylynn Gracy finished with 14 digs.
The Lady Foxes will return to District 12-2A play on Friday at Pilot Point.
Kaufman won the junior varsity match, 25-16, 25-11, and the freshman contest, 25-4, 25-11.
Boles claims two
QUINLAN — The Boles Lady Hornets swept two recent 19-A volleyball matches.
They downed North Hopkins, 18-25, 25-7, 25-15, 23-25, 15-11, and handed Miller Grove its first district loss, 25-22, 25-23, 11-25, 19-25, 15-13.
Boles hit 98 percent of its serves against Miller Grove with only two service errors. Kassi Carmichael and Jessica Susunaga both put away four kills for Boles, which also collected three kills from Katelynn Phillips and two from Victoria Monroe.
Phillips also had seven digs and three blocks. Mariah Helmberger managed five solo blocks and 18 digs. Callie Norwood had 12 digs and Susunaga finished with 22 digs. Monroe had three solo blocks and four assists and Brittany Cruse finished with three assists and six digs.
Phillips paced Boles against North Hopkins with 16 digs and three solo blocks. Helmberger had eight digs and Norwood finished with 14. Susunaga managed six kills, five solo blocks and 11 digs. Monroe had six digs and Cruse finished with five digs.