JHS volleyball finds competition tough in Van tourney


PALESTINE — Jacksonville collected its first win of the new season on Saturday in the Van Tournament by beating the Lindale JV 2-0 (27-25, 25-19).

In other bracket play games held Saturday the Maidens lost to the Van JV 2-0 (20-25, 18-25) and to Quinlan-Ford 2-0 (15-25, 22-25).

In pool play on Thursday the Maidens were knocked off by Chapel Hill in straight sets (22-25, 21-25), Mineola 2-1 (21-25, 25-15, 22-25) and by host Van, 2-0 (8-25, 15-25).

Jacksonville head volleyball coach Corrie Snider said that she was excited to see the energy and the hustle that the Maidens played with, even when trailing.

Statistical leaders for Jacksonville included Ka'Lessia Anderson (20 kills, 6 blocks, 3 digs, 1 ace), Tykeria Tilley (6 kills, 8 assists, 7 digs, 2 blocks, 2 aces), Jordyn Whitaker (8 kills, 3 digs, 3 blocks, 4 aces) and Tamia Tucker (8 kills,8 assists, 5 blocks, 4 aces).

Ashley Freeney had 32 assists, 10 digs and a trio of aces; Meagan Holliday pitched in 7 kills and 9 digs and Lauryn Johnson came up with 17 digs.

Also playing well was Stormy Willis (8 digs, 4 aces) and Kristen Gonzalez (10 digs).

The Maidens will compete in the Eustace Tournament on Thur. Through Sat. this week.