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Volleyball Action from Labor Day Weekend

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By Will Johnson                                                                                                                                                       Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS – While the vast majority of people enjoyed an extra day off, the girls of the volleyball court were in action over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Palestine LadyCats participated in the Brownsboro Tournament and brought homme the Consolation Trophy in the Blue Bracket.

During pool play on Thursday, the LadyCats played three games and went 1-2. Palestine lost to the De Kalb Lady Bears by scores of 24-26 and 21-25. Their second game was against the JV Lady Wildcats from Rains and Palestine took them down in two sets, 25-22 and 25-13. In their third match of the day, the LadyCats took on the Alba-Golden Lady Panthers and lost by a score of 2-1 (25-21, 18-25, 15-25).

In bracket play, Palestine lost their first match with the Mineola Lady Yellow Jackets by a score of 10-25 and 23-25. They turned things around, however, in their second match and defeated De Kalb 2-1 (12-25, 25-19, 25-19). They also defeated the Jacksonville Lady Indians 2-0 with scores of 25-17 and 25-22.

Faith Newman was selected to the All-tournament team.

Palestine’s season record now stands at 9-14. Following the LadyCats victory over the Lady Indians, Coach Kym Chapa commented, “We have officially won more games than we did last year! YAY! This was a good tournament for us. We learned a lot about our team and improved in all areas. I am very excited about the rest of the season and getting into a mid-season routine.”

The Westwood Lady Panthers took on the Oakwood Lady Panthers on Friday Sept. 2 and won in three 25-15, 25-15 and 25-15. Coach Janae Evans said, “Janzel Baroy led the team from the serving line with 6 aces. Katelynn Hutchens led the offense with 11 kills and added 5 aces from the serving line. Shamaya Downie and Jordan Carter each had 5 kills. Avrey Jenkins has 19 assists and led the defense with 10 digs. Makenzie Nettles had 9 digs.”

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.