Alvin's Wright serving

Alvin Lady Yellowjacket Korrigan Wright prepares to deliver a serve during last week's match here against Texas City. Wright provided a combined 31 assists in Alvin's opening week victories over the Lady Stings on Sept. 15 and La Porte here on Sept. 18.

(Photo by Michael Edmonds)

Competing for the first time in six months due to covid, AISD sports treated their fans to a perfect volleyball opening week in their respctive match-ups on Sept. 15.

The Alvin Lady Yellowjackets outlasted Texas City by 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 17-25 and 15-8 scores at the AHS Competition Gym at the AHS Competitin Gym on Sept. 15 and swept La Porte here by 25-19, 25-19 and 25-20 scores on Sept. 18

The Manvel Lady Mavericks also went to five sets in their season and home openr on Sept. 15, edging Clear Creek by a 20-25, 25-22, 25-14, 15-25 and 15-13 count at the MHS Competition Gym.

Shadow Creek also knocked off Crosby on the road in four sets in its season opener on Sept. 15 by 25-16, 24-26, 25-17 and 25-16 scores and then swept Dobie by 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21 in their home opener on Sept. 18 in Pearland.

Alvin was led by senior outside hitter Teresa Garza’s 13 kills and 23 digs for a double double in the victory over Texas City, while Anni Shewmake also delivered a double double performance with 15 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Ana Garza added 16 digs and six kills, while Korrigan Wright provided 15 assists and senior outside hitter Marrik Hooker chipped in 12 digs and seven kills.

Senior middle blocker Hannah Webster sparked a match-ending 7-0 run for the Lady Jackets in the fifth and deciding game with a pair of aces, the first of which broke an 8-8 deadlock. Alvin also cashed in on three Lady Sting hitting miscues, while Hooker and senior middle blocker Blakeli Duckworth capped things off with back-to-back kills.

“The key for us in the fifth game was discipline and energy,” Alvin head coach Sasha Blake said following the match. “If we can our play and work our system, then we can have the energy behind it to move throughout balls to keep fighting hard and be resilient.

“They were up 4-0 I think after the first four serves. We just need to keep working and not let that defeat us.”

The Lady Jackets would need to call on the above reserves throughout the evening. Texas City jumped out to a commanding 18-10 lead enroute to winning the opening set and then threatened to take a 2-0 game cushion with a 15-8 advantage in the second set.

While batting back to even the issue at 16 apiece, Alvin soon found themselves   trailing again at 24-21 with a game point in the balance.

However, Addison Hanson came up with a clutch stuff on Texas City’s Ashlynn Lewis at the net to cut it to 24-22, while Shewmake’s service coaxed back-to-back miscues by the Lady Stings’ defense to tie it at 24-24.

After Duckworth’s spike gave Alvin its first lead of the set, Texas City was cited for double contact on another Shewmake service to even the match at one game apiece.

The third game followed almost the identical pattern with the Lady Stings seizing control early, using a pair of blocks from Veronica Victoria to build a 9-4 cushion. Alvin rallied to  take the upper hand at 15-14 on a pair of Ana Garza aces, but the lead proceeded to change hands four times before the set was decided.

Kills by Webster and Teresa Garza finally helped Alvin move to game point at 24-21 and despite the Lady Stings closing within 24-23, Garza delivered a perfect tip over the Texas City front line to give Alvin to a 2-1 set lead.

The Lady Stings dominated the fourth set behind Lewis and Haley James and also went out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Alvin ultimately tied it at 8-8 on Ana Garza’s kill, though, and Webster followed with the go-ahead ace.

In the win over La Porte, kills by Ana and Teresa Garza, Hooker and Duckworth capped off the sweep in the third set. Match totals included Teresa Garza with nine kills and seven digs, Shewmake with 20 assists, Wright with 16 assists, Ana Garza with nine digs, Duckworth with five kills and Hooker with four kills.

The Lady Jackets' scheduled dual match with Sam Rayburn and Hightower here on Tuesday was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Beta.

In Manvel’s win over Clear Creek, senior outside hitter Aryn Johnson led the way with 12 kills, 22 assists and 14 digs for a triple double performance, while adding three blocks and two aces.

Johnson also joined Alvin’s Teresa Garza on the AVCA’s 2020 All-American Watch list, which was released last week.

Hailey Turner also turned in a double double with 13 kills and 19 digs, as did Kristen Spruill with 16 assists and 15 digs. Other match totals included Bea Angeles with 25 digs, Emily Altamirano with 11 digs, Devyn Lewis with eight kills, Mary Kay Preston with seven kills and nine blocks and Turner with six blocks.

The Lady Mavs' Tuesday match at Baytown Sterling was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Beta.

In Shadow Creek’s win at Crosby, Kayla Wilson and Dominique Phills blasted 17 kills apiece and Michelle Murphy dished out 45 assists and seven digs.

Other match totals included Aria Rideaux with seven digs and Deja Benjamin and Kamryn Tate with three blocks each.

Against Dobie, Wilson hammered 10 kills followed by Phills with eight kills and Benjamin with six kills. Murphy dished out 30 assists, while Wilson added six digs and four aces, Nicole Dimingo chipped in seven digs, Haleigh Carter provided six digs and Tate had two blocks.

The Lady Sharks' match with Foster on Tuesday was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Beta.

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