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August 14, 2013

High School Volleyball: Bullard, Brook Hill opening night winners

Maidens, Lady Eagles get off to slow starts

JACKSONVILLE — Regular season action for Jacksonville, Bullard, Rusk and Brook Hill volleyball squads got under way Tuesday night at gymnasiums in Jacksonville and in Rusk.

Bullard's Lady Panthers were the big winners of the evening as head coach Ben Belshaw's ladies took identical 3-0 wins over both Brook Hill and Jacksonville to sweep the Jacksonville tri-match.

Bullard knocked off the Lady Guard 25-13, 25-19 and 25-16 to win town bragging rights for another year.

Junior-hitter Mackenzie Fish blasted down 10 kills, added nine digs and accounted for four blocks to propel Bullard to victory. Ashley Searcy chiiped in with five blocks while Mallory McCoy contributed nine assists.

Defensively, Madi Hodges led the way with 23 digs.

Against Jacksonville, a match that Bullard won 25-11, 25-6 and 25-6, Davis topped out with seven kills and Searcy had six blocks.

Brook Hill picked up its first win of the seaosn in beating the Maidens 3-0 (25-10, 25-12 and 25-22) in the night's first match.

Samantha Anderson (6-foot-5) controlled the front line attack for Brook Hill and registerd double-digit kills to spark Brook Hill.

Desarae Rowan and Charlie Niles were other players of impact for the Lady Guard.

Mikala Ross and Kennison Chambless played well for the Maidens, who graduated five starters off of last season's team.

"We are young and inexperienced in several positions and I think our girls were nervous," Jacksonville head coach Billie Walley said. "I think we are capable of playing better, but we just have to settle down and relax and focus on the game."

In Rusk the Lady Eagles fell in five games to Elkhart, while the Lady Eagle junior varsity and freshman teams prevailed over the Lady Elks.

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