Robert E. Lee was unable to pull out close set losses to fall behind 2-0 against Whitehouse. So to make up for that, the Lady Raiders made sure the next three sets were not close in an eventual 3-2 win over the LadyCats on Thursday at Three Lakes Middle School.

Lee was two days removed from losing in heartbreaking, five-game fashion in its home opener against Pine Tree. The Lady Raiders led that match 2-1, only to drop the next two sets. This time it was Lee that trailed 2-0 and rallied to win the next three sets, 24-26, 25-27, 25-18, 25-18, 15-7.

“I felt like we played better (against Pine Tree) and lost,” REL coach Ronda Shirley said. “But people always say don’t complain about how you get the win, just enjoy the win.”

The victory was Match 1 of a tripleheader that also featured Texas High in a dual between the three schools. Whitehouse later defeated Texas High 3-2 in the second match of the night (17-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-22, 17-15).

Lee closed out a solid day’s work with a three-game sweep of Texas High (25-12, 25-19, 25-13) late Thursday night.

The matches were moved from REL Varsity Gym to Three Lakes because of an event at the high school.

The wins moved REL over .500 to 6-5 before taking the floor later against the Lady Tigers.

Lee junior middle blocker April Brown led both teams with 17 kills and eight blocks. Senior Deja Hamilton finished with nine kills, three blocks and four aces.

Whitehouse (5-7) coach Britney Nordin said once momentum shifted in the third set the LadyCats were unable to regain it.

“Volleyball is a game of momentum and (Lee) took it and they ran with it,” Nordin said. “We started making a lot of mistakes and against a team like Lee you can’t afford to do that.

“But that is why you play these games; you learn from it and move on.”

Whitehouse was led by 10 kills and two blocks from Kaitlyn Wood and nine kills and four blocks by Sydney Malmstrom. Grace Hendricks also had eight kills for the LadyCats in the loss.

REL looked to be moments away from seizing control of the match and winning the first set, leading 24-23 after consecutive Brown kills, but a missed serve on set point tied things back up at 24-24. With new life, Whitehouse did not squander it, setting Alexis Oldham on consecutive points with the outside hitter delivering kills both times for a 26-24 LadyCats’ win.

In the second set, Whitehouse led 23-22 with a set point before committing back-to-back hitting errors to set up Lee with a set point at 24-23. REL was unable to take advantage with Whitehouse rebounding with two kills in the next four points by Mahayla Mitchell, capped by the set clincher for a 2-0 Whitehouse lead in the match.

“We were flat tonight; I think they were still mentally spent (from Tuesday),” Shirley said. “I kind of actually expected it, so I wasn’t too hard on them after the first two (set losses).

“But I think (entering) the third (set), I finally said to them, ‘You guys have to learn how to compete. The skill is there, but we’re not competing and we are not going to win games without competing, so just go out there and try to compete.”’

Lee took Shirley’s words to heart and put them into action.

The Lady Raiders trailed 13-11 in the third set when everything turned and REL did not look back. Senior Taylor Hale delivered consecutive ace serves combined with kills from Brown (2), Hamilton (2) and junior Lexi Norris (1). That gave Lee a 19-15 advantage, which REL used to go on to win 25-18.

In the fourth set, Whitehouse led 8-6 when Lee again turned it on, aided by three kills from sophomore Neely Williams. That put Lee in front and the Lady Raiders never trailed again, capped by aces on three of the last six points from Hamilton (2) and Ashley Oldham.

Whitehouse’s errors began to mount up in the fifth set, with Lee taking advantage to build a 9-4 lead before using two more aces from Hamilton and a kill by Bailey Blain to close out the match win.

Lee will next face Hallsville at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hallsville High School.




Robert E. Lee 3, Whitehouse 2

Whitehouse 26 27 18 18 7

Robert E. Lee 24 25 25 25 15

KILLS LEADERS-WH: Kaitlyn Wood, 10; Sydney Malmstrom, 9; Grace Hendricks, 8. REL: April Brown, 17; Deja Hamilton, 9; Bailey Blain, 4; Lexi Norris, 4; Neely Williams, 4.

DIGS LEADERS-REL: Taylor Hale, 11.

ASSISTS LEADERS-REL: Mallory Collins, 20; Aliyah Shirley, 17.

BLOCKS LEADERS-REL: Hamilton, 9; Williams, 4; Brown, 3.

ACES LEADERS-REL: Hamilton, 4; Hale, 3; Shirley, 1.

JV SCORE-Whitehouse d. Lee, 25-19, 25-21

FRESHMEN SCORE - Lee A d. Whitehouse, 25-17, 26-24; Whitehouse B def. Lee 25-14, 25-18

RECORDS-Whitehouse 5-7; Robert E. Lee 5-5

Robert E. Lee 3, Texas High 0

Texas High 12 19 13

Robert E. Lee 25 25 25

KILLS LEADERS-REL: Deja Hamilton, 14; April Brown, 10; Ashley Oldham, 3; Neely Williams, 3.

DIGS LEADERS-REL: Taylor Hale, 13.

ASSISTS LEADERS-REL: Mallory Collins, 14; Aliyah Shirley, 20.

BLOCKS LEADERS-REL: Oldham, 3; Brown, 2.

ACES LEADERS-REL: Hamilton, 5; Shirley, 2.

RECORDS-Robert E. Lee 6-5

NEXT UP-Arp at Whitehouse, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Lee at Hallsville, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Grace Community goes unbeaten in pool play at Eustace Tournament

EUSTACE - Grace Community went won all three of its pool-play matches on Thursday at the Eustace Tournament.

The Lady Cougars beat Palestine 25-15, 25-7, Kerens 25-11, 25-12 and Life School 25-14, 25-13.

Over the three matches, Rylan Wright led Grace with 38 assists and 11 kills. Also contributing for the Lady Cougars were Isabella Ramirez (10 aces), Alexis Saczek (18 kills), Bailey Nutt (12 kills), Summer Tennison (11 kills) and Haley Holland (25 assists).

Grace will return to Eustace to play in the championship bracket beginning 10 a.m. Saturday.


Eustace Tournament

Grace 2 Community, Palestine 0

Grace 25 25

Palestine 15 7

NEXT UP-Grace in Championship Bracket, 10 a.m. Saturday.


Grace 2, Kerens 0

Grace 25 25

Kerens 11 12


Grace 2, Life School 0

Grace 25 25

Life School 14 13


West Rusk Tournament

Carlisle 2, Henderson JV 0

Henderson JV 9 16

Carlisle 25 25

KILLSLEADERS-C: Heather Craig, 9.


ASSISTSLEADERS-C: Cheyenne Vannier, 16.

ACES LEADERS-C: Vannier, 2; Craig, 2.


Carlisle 2, Harmony 1

Harmony 22 25 20

Carlisle 25 20 25

KILLSLEADERS-C: Hayley Jordan, 10.

DIGSLEADERS-C: Callie Gray, 15.

ASSISTSLEADERS-C: Cheyenne Vannier, 26.


Elysian Fields 2, Carlisle 0

Elysian Fields 25 26

Carlisle 14 24

KILLSLEADERS-C: Hayley Jordan, 7.

DIGSLEADERS-C: Keylee Adair, 10.

ASSISTSLEADERS-C: Cheyenne Vannier, 16.


RECORDS-Carlisle 5-6.

NEXT UP-Carlisle vs. Gladewater, Saturday, West Rusk Tournament.


Big Sandy Tournament

Troup 2, Cumberland Academy 0

Cumberland 10 6

Troup 25 25

KILLS LEADERS-T: Savanna Cox, 4.

DIGS LEADERS-T: Katrina Noyola, 3.

ASSISTS LEADERS-T: Natalie Davenport, 10.

ACES LEADERS-T: Davenport, 6.


Troup 2, Leverett’s Chapel 0

Leverett’s 22 23

Troup 25 25

KILLS LEADERS-T: Kori Minnix, 10.

DIGS LEADERS-T: Jansen Reid, 8.

ASSISTS LEADERS-T: Natalie Davenport, 13.

BLOCKS LEADERS-T: Jayla Starks, 3.

ACES LEADERS-T: Alex Flora, 3.


Troup 2, Ore City 1

Ore City 25 21 22

Troup 16 25 25

KILLS LEADERS-T: Katrina Noyola, 13.

DIGS LEADERS-T: Jansen Reid, 14; Noyola, 13.

ASSISTS LEADERS-T: Natalie Davenport, 25.

BLOCKS LEADERS-T: Kori Minnix, 3.

ACES LEADERS-T: Alex Flora, 4.

Eustace Tournament

Pool Play

Grand Saline 2, Brook Hill 1

BH 25 23 14

GS 17 25 16

KILLS LEADERS-BH: Zoe Hayes, 5; Maddie Anthony, 4; Katherine Modrick, 4.

DIGS LEADERS-BH: Brianna Young, 27.


ACES LEADERS-Morgan Carpenter, 2; Anthony, 2; Hayes, 2.


NEXT UP-Team 1 at Team 4, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Team 2 at Team 3, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Brook Hill 2, ETCA 0

BH 25 25

ETCA 9 15

KILLS LEADERS-BH: Lauren Eden, 4; Katherine Modrick, 4.

DIGS LEADERS-BH: Brianna Young, 14.

ASSISTS LEADERS-BH: Eden, 10; Maddie Anthony, 10.

ACES LEADERS-Anthony, 6; Zoe Hayes, 4; Young, 4.

Brook Hill 2, Neches 0

Neches 10 11

BH 25 25

KILLS LEADERS-BH: Maddie Anthony, 6; Kay Kay Smith, 3; Katherine Modrick, 3.

DIGS LEADERS-BH: Brianna Young, 13.

ASSISTS LEADERS-BH: Lauren Eden, 5; Anthony, 5.

ACES LEADERS-Anthony, 7.


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