After 14 matches, the Gonzales volleyball team is ready to start District 27-3A play tonight.
The Lady Apaches go into district play with one of their best starts in recent memory. Gonzales (7-7) goes into tonight's match at La Vernia off of a 3-0 victory at Stockdale Tuesday night.
The scores in the win over Stockdale were 25-9, 25-22, 25-19.
"I hope we can keep playing at a high level now that district play is here," Gonzales coach Kim Payne said. "We played some tough competition to prepare us for district."
In Tuesday's victory, the Lady Apaches received contributions from multiple players. Allison Raley had a team-high 12 kills to go with four blocks and two aces, while Brittney Pakebusch recorded six kills and a team-high six blocks.
Carly Bozka led with 22 digs and three aces, while Jessica Cantu led with 30 assists. Danyelle Glass recorded four kills and a block, and Shayla Simper had 16 digs, four kills and two aces.
Tonight's match against La Vernia begins at 5:30 at La Vernia High School.
NIXON - This one wasn't close at all.
The Nixon-Smiley volleyball team used 14 service aces and a plethora of Nordheim errors to pick up a convincing 3-0 win over the Lady Pirates at Nixon-Smiley High School. The scores were 25-7, 25-7, 25-5.
The Lady Mustangs actually had more aces (14) than they had kills (8) and digs (2) put together. Jessica Flores led the way with team highs in aces (5) and digs (2), and also recorded three assists and a kill.
Brooke Gordon was the leader in assists with four, while Devon Tristan led with three kills. Tristan also recorded an ace.
Hailey Boatright and Abigail Scarbrough both had three aces and a kill, while D'Laine Palacio had two aces and Kelby Henderson recorded a pair of kills. Maria Martinez also had an assist.
Nixon-Smiley (7-9) also finished fourth in the Pleasanton Tournament Saturday at the Pleasanton ISD Sports Complex. The Lady Mustangs finished third in Pool B Thursday to earn a match against Pool A runner-up Pearsall Saturday morning.
Nixon-Smiley advanced to the championship semifinals with a tightly-contested 2-0 victory by scores of 25-23, 25-22. The Lady Mustangs dropped a three-set heartbreaker to Karnes City (25-15, 25-27, 25-19) in the semifinals before losing a 2-0 decision to the Pleasanton junior varsity team (26-24, 29-27) in the third-place match.
Nixon-Smiley opens District 29-2A play at Luling tonight. The match is slated to begin at 6:30.
Serving has become a strength for the St. Paul volleyball team recently.
For the second time in as many matches, the Lady Cardinals recorded 22 aces. The plethora of aces led to another 3-0 victory for St. Paul Friday as it defeated Houston Southwest Christian in the TAPPS District 8-2A opener for both teams.
The scores were 25-15, 25-11, 25-10.
Kourtney Knesek led the way for the Lady Cardinals with 17 assists, 11 aces and a block - all team-highs. Marrisa Ynclan led the way with 14 kills and pitched in the service effort with four aces, while Alexa Schaefer led with three digs.
Madison Kurtz also had four aces, while Schaefer had two.
St. Paul (10-3, 1-0 in TAPPS 8-2A) travelled to Alvin for another district match against Livingstones Christian, but those results were unavailable at press time. The Lady Cardinals host Faith Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul High School.
The Shiner volleyball team coasted to a 3-0 victory over Kenedy Tuesday night in Shiner. The scores were 25-8, 25-13, 25-6.
Shiner (16-6) was led by Kristin Schacherl (11 aces), LaNeshia Hunt (12 kills, 6 aces), Cassie Stafford (22 assists, 3 aces), Lauren Oden (7 digs, 3 aces) and Ryah Michalec (7 digs). The Lady Comanches visit Schulenburg at 5:30 p.m. today.