The Houston Middle School volleyball teams got their seasons under way last week and came away with mixed results in matches against Winona and Raymondville and at the Texas County Tournament at Cabool.
Tuesday at Winona, the eighth-grade lost in two sets, 25-16 and 25-21, but the seventh-graders won 25-17, 25-19.
The eighth-grade Lady Tigers were down 0-7 in the second set, but came back to tie the score at 21-all before Winona slipped away. Angie Smith led Houston’s effort with seven aces.
Houston’s seventh-grade squad was led by Sophia Crites, who recorded 16 aces, while Kelsey Pritchett had three kills and two blocks.
“I was proud of every single player,” said HMS head coach Juli Rogers. “They pleasantly surprised me working together as a team, and never giving up.”
Thursday at home against Raymondville, Houston swept both matches, with the eighth-graders winning 25-17, 25-8, and the seventh-graders 25-10, 25-5.
Smith notched 11 aces and three kills for the eighth-graders, while Pritchett had seven aces and Maddie Holder had five aces.
Crites led the seventh-grade squad with 21 aces.
At the Saturday tournament, Houston’s eighth-graders placed second in the four-team field, beating Summersville 25-16, 25-15; losing to Licking 25-21, 27-25; and downing Cabool 25-17, 25-11. Smith had 16 aces in the event, and Pritchett had 10 aces and 10 kills.
The seventh-graders finished third, with a 25-15, 25-15 loss to Licking; a 25-23, 25-18 loss to Summersville; and a 25-20, 25-10 win over Cabool.
Crites led the tournament with 18 aces.
Houston played Monday at Licking and travels to Summersville Thursday.