Area volleyball teams found their respective district matches to be very demanding Tuesday night as units from Jacksonville, Bullard and Rusk all came up on the losing side of things.
In Jacksonville, John Tyler pounded the Maidens, winning 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-8).
The Lady Lions (22-9, 5-1 in District 16-4A) maintained a chock hold on second place in the conference standings with the win.
Amicia Williams fueled the Lady Lions by coming up with 12 kills, five digs and a couple of assists.
The Maidens dropped to 10-23, 0-6 with the loss.
Offensive leaders for Jacksonville were, Shelbi Laney, Gentry Hammons and Kevie Mathis who swatted six, three and two kills apiece.
Defensively, Kelly Crosby performed well for the Maidens by collecting 15 digs.
Jennifer Hunter added 11 digs, with Laney and Alayna Jeffcoat amassing nine scoops each.
In sub-varsity action, the Lady Lions beat Jacksonville 2-1 in junior varsity play, while the John Tyler freshmen earned a straight-set (2-0) triumph over the Maidens.
Jacksonville travels to Nacogdoches for a 4:30 p.m. match on Friday.
Spring Hill, ranked No. 4 in the current Class 3A poll, made quick work of Bullard in a District 16-3A
match that took place in Longview.
Spring Hill cruised to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-8) win to remain in the driver's seat in conference action.
Spring Hill is now 31-2, 8-0 while Bullard, who visits Gladewater Friday, slips to 13-21, 2-6.
The Rusk Lady Eagles saw their three-match winning streak come to a halt in Groesbeck, where the Lady Goats topped the Red and Black in 19-3A play.
Rusk (16-18, 2-3) returns home to host Fairfield at 4:30 p.m. Friday at which time Senior Night and Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness events will both take place.
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