Saturday Volleyball Roundup: Tyler Lee, Lindale, Beckville, Troup + Bullard Shine in Tournament Play
LONGVIEW -- Lindale contended for the Lady Lobo Tournament championship Saturday and advanced to the title game against Tyler Lee before falling, 25-22, 25-19 against the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Eagles' stint in Longview ended with a second-place finish and Saturday wins against Beckville and Longview.
Kamryn Pilkinton led Lindale in the championship game with eight kills while Travicia Acy chipped in five kills and two blocks. Brittany Birdsong and Rajel Flores came up with a combined 17 digs in the effort.
Stats from Lee's side were not submitted as of Saturday night, but the Lady Raiders defeated Rusk and Pine Tree on the way to the early season tournament crown.
Lindale's day started off very dangerously against Beckville. It faced elimination after two sets before pulling out the second set with extra points and ultimately won, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20.
Rhyan Rand had a very strong performance in the come-from-behind win. She put up nine kills and saved eight Beckville points with digs in addition to one assist in the match.
Acy and Pilkinton added seven and six kills, respectively.
Birdsong got into the double digit dig figure with 14. Kristin Arnold and McKenna Cox combined for 26 assists.
Beckville was led in the match by Cassie Elizondo's six kills. Kassidy Alexander recorded 10 of the Lady Bearcats' 16 assists.
Lindale advanced to the tournament's championship game with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 win against Longview.
Acy and Rand recorded 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Cox had 18 assists and Birdsong saved 12 points with digs.
The Lady Eagles (5-1) are off until Tuesday when the squad will host Tyler All Saints at home.
Carson Blair Named To All-Tournament Team + Beckville Tops Marshall and Henderson
LONGVIEW -- Beckville's Carson Blair was named to the all-torunament team at the Lobo Tournament after putting up 26 kills in three games Saturday alone.
Blair also had six aces Saturday as Beckville went on to beat Marshall and Henderson in consolation play after the loss to Lindale.
The Lady Bearcats defeated Marshall, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18.
Blair recorded four aces and 14 kills in the match in addition to 12 assists. She also had a team second-best 11 digs with Stacie Brevard's 12. Kimber Wesner had 11 digs as well.
Beckville then topped Henderson, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 to wrap up its day.
Blair put up 10 kills in this match, followed closely by Elizondo's eight kills. Wesner recorded a team-best 14 digs and Alexander played a huge role with 29 assists.
Troup Wins Gary Tournament Over Bullard
GARY CITY -- Troup and Bullard went head-to-head twice Saturday with the Gary Tournament championship on the line the second time around.
The Troup Lady Tigers took down the Lady Panthers in a three-set championship match with extra points being played in the final two sets, 25-18, 27-29, 27-25.
Troup also won a pool game against Bullard, 25-16, 25-20, earlier in the day.
Josee Ross led the way for the Lady Tigers in the championship game with 15 kills, two aces and 21 digs while Caitlyn Vickers put up 18 assists.
Kenzie Fish had 15 kills for the Lady Panthers in addition to 12 digs. Katie Cole was a defensive star with 26 digs.
Troup (7-2) additionally defeated Elysian Fields, 25-21, 25-23, on the way to the tournament title.
Bullard (8-2) earned a 25-21, 25-23 win against Gary to begin its bracket run and then knocked off future district opponent Kilgore 25-7, 25-10, to clinch its championship game berth.
John Tyler Goes 1-2 In Garland Tournament
GARLAND -- The Lady Lions played three games Saturday and wrapped the day up with a 1-2 record.
Gilmer defeated John Tyler, 25-15, 25-17, and Mesquite narrowly got the best of the Lady Lions, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22.
The Lady Lions did have success against North Garland in the middle match of the day, however.
Chenique Baxter had six kills and one ace and Kandice Jackson had a big match with 16 assists, four kills, three blocks and an ace.
The performance against Mesquite also had high performers despite the outcome.
Shakendra Tilley recorded 14 kills. Baxter and Johnetta Preston scored eight kills each and Baxter led the way defensively with 16 digs.