In one of the best matches of the young season, Kerens held off Frost Tuesday night in a dramatic five-game match that saw Kerens come back to win the final two games.
Both teams had their moments, but Kerens survived, 21-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-11, 15-7.
“We started out slow and finally turned on the heat in Games 4 and 5,’’ Kerens coach Kristen Lynch said.
Kerens is still unbeaten, but Frost, which was coming off winning the title in the Dawson Tournament over the weekend, showed why it may be the best team in its district later this season.
Kerens is now 4-0 and all the wins have been on the road. The Lady Cats were led at the net by Breanna Baxter (8 kills, 9 blocks) and Marqueshia Kelly (10 kills, 9 blocks). Baxter also had three digs and was 26-of-27 serving with two aces. Kelly had four digs.
Taylor Ames was 20-of-26 serving with two aces and had three kills, six blocks, four digs and led the team in assists with 22. Kayla Kilcrease was 8-for-10 serving and had 13 digs. Cambree Betts was 14-of-17 serving with an ace, and had three blocks, four digs and a kill. Tinesha Tolliver was 31-of-36 serving with four aces, and had 11 digs and three kills. Emmanuella Armant was 6-of-6 serving with an ace, and had seven blocks and a kill.
Kerens is in the Eustace Tournament on Thursday and Saturday.
Frost was led by Jae Moore, who had 10 kills, one block, six digs, and four aces, and Madison Revill, who had eight kills. Her coach Elaine Woods said, “she played a stellar game.’’
Heather Montgomery had three kills and two aces and Hillaree Schwartz did a little of everything. She had seven assists. four aces, two digs, a block and a kill.
Kaycee Bowling had 11 assists. a dig, an ace and a kill, and Maria Suaste had six digs.
Frost is now 5-2-1 and plays at Dawson in a non-district game on Friday.
The Tigers had no trouble on the road Tuesday in Red Oak, where they swept Red Oak Life, 25-13, 25-22, 25-19.
Caroline Biltz led with 14 kills and seven aces while her sister Briana Biltz led the team in assists with eight. Kim Moreno led the Tigers in digs with 16 and MaKenzie Lee led the team with four blocks.
The Tigers play in the prestigious Leon Tournament on Thursday and Saturday.
RICE BEATS MALAKOFF IN 4, STAYS PERFECT
Rice, coming off its title in the Venus Tournament over the weekend, stayed perfect and took care of Malakoff Tuesday night, 25-23, 20-25, 25-12, 25-16 at home to remain undefeated at 4-0.
Hanna Owens set up the Lady Bulldogs all night and finished with 11 assists, two aces and a kill. Briana Weaver was 23-of-24 serving and Emily Fletcher was 25-of-27 serving with two aces, an assist and a kill. Samantha Harris had four kills, a save, an ace and a block, and Sadie Gent led the way at the net with eight kills and two blocks. She also had a save and three digs. Kaman McGee had four kills and two blocks and Lauren Mays had four blocks.
Rice plays in the Eustace Tournament on Thursday and Saturday.
WORTHAM STAYS HOT, BEATS BLOOMING GROVE
Wortham has started the season on fire under new coach Johnny Ward and kept up the heat on Tuesday, sweeping Blooming Grove, 25-18, 25-23, 25-13.
Wortham is now 8-1 with its only loss coming in the finals of the Palestine Westwood Tournament to Westwood.
Kierra Busby had 11 kills and Camey Shaffer had 10 to lead Wortham on Tuesday. Sara Sessions had 22 digs and Kendle Rhodes had 20 assists.
Katie Looney nailed 20 serves, including 14 in row during Game 3. Kendle Rhodes served seven in a row to finish out Game 2 (from 18-23 to 25-23).
Wortham and Blooming Grove are both in the Groesbeck Tournament Thursday and Saturday.
HUBBARD EDGES MILDRED
Hubbard held off Mildred on Tuesday night, 22-25, 25-18, 22-25, 16-25.
Mildred, which has been playing without three starters who were out due to illness, had big games from Abbie Burnham (6 kills), Ella Watts (5 kills, 3 blocks), Kennedi Montfort (3 blocks, 2 kills) and Callie Bland (12 assists).
Mildred plays in the Eustace Tournament on Thursday and Saturday. Hubbard is in the Keene Tournament on Friday.
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