Kerens won a huge district game against Dawson as both teams entered with 2-0 records in district. Kerens is still unbeaten after a four-set win, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22.
“This was one of the best teams we have played this year,’’ Kerens coach Kristen Lynch said. “Dawson hustles all over the court and they never gave up. They made us work for everything we got. It was a great, competitive match.
Lynch was especially proud of her senior captains Marqueshia Kelly and Taylor Ames.
“Marqueshia stepped up and led the team at the net,’’ she said. “Marqueshia was everywhere and hit for her best game all season with 22 attacks and 22 kills. She also had six blocks and five digs on defense.
“Taylor is like a quarterback on the football team,” Lynch said. “She sets up all the plays and directs traffic on the court. She had 46 assists and kept us going at the net. And she was 17 of 18 serving with five blocks and five digs.
Kerens also had big games from Tinesha Tolliver (16 of 20 serving, 5 aces, 4 kills, 5 blocks, 5 digs) and Breanna Baxter (30 for 30 serving, 6 aces, 16 kills, 12 blocks, 6 digs).
“Breanna was the difference maker in Games 1 and 3 with her serves,” Lynch said. “Dawson could not stop her serving. She was 100 percent serving.”
Emmanuella Armant (8 for 8 serving, 8 kills, 8 blocks, 12 digs) and Kayla Kilcrease (8 for 8 serving, 1 ace, 13 digs) also had big days for Kerens.
Mildred beats Buffalo in 4
The Lady Eagles opened district play with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-12 over Buffalo and faces a big game on Tuesday against Rice.
Callie Bland had 25 assists. 11 digs two aces and a kill to help lead Mildred along with JOanna Tapley, who had 21 kills, one blck, three assists and 15 digs and Savannah Pritchett, who had nine kills, six blocks 14 digs, and a save. Shelby Anderson (5 kills, 2 blocks 1 assist), Morgan McCreary (8 assists, 11 digs, 1 ace) Abbie Burnham (3 kills, 1 block) and Ella Watts (1 kill, 2 aces) all had big nights for Mildred, which is 10-16-1 for the season.