Senior outside hitter Hadlee Morris and senior middle blocker Tobi Phillips both hammered 14 kills and senior setter Gabby Phillips dished out 40 assists to lead the Alvin Lady Yellowjackets to a five-set victory over Elkins on Friday in Missouri City. 

The scores of the games weren’t available at press time. The Lady Jackets were coming off a 25-17, 25-12 and 25-12 sweep at Pasadena on Aug. 21 behind Phillips’ 11 kills and six aces by Morris. 

Alvin next hosts Lutheran South Academy on Tuesday at 6 p.m. 

In other area volleyball action from last week, the Manvel Lady Mavericks regrouped in their District 24-5A volleyball opener Aug. 21 and came out swinging with a 25-18, 25-16 and 25- 18 sweep over AISD rival Shadow Creek at the MHS Competition Gym. 

The Lady Mavs (13-5) started the Dickinson Tourney on Aug. 9 with victories over Pasadena, Texas City and Alvin, only to drop matches against both Richmond Foster (who’s also considered the favorite in the new 24-5A alignment) and Clear Brook Aug. 11 in the third place contest. 

However, Manvel rolled to its 66th straight district victory and never trailed Tuesday behind Gator Classic All-Tourney selection Cecilia Harness’ 31 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Aryn Johnson blasted 16 kills and senior middle blocker/right-side hitter Macy Witt-Nobles added 10 kills and 16 digs to join Harness in the double double department. 

Junior outside hitter Halle Sanders and junior middle blocker Arianne Renaud paced the Lady Sharks with seven and six kills, respectively. 

“That felt good, because we had a rough weekend,” Lady Mavs’ head coach Susan Kennedy said. “We did really good Thursday and then beat Dickinson in five Friday, but went back to the Dickinson Tourney on Saturday and played bad all day long. 

“I pretty much had one hitter that was on and wasn’t sure about what we were going to do. We just put our nose to the grindstone yesterday (Monday) and worked on earning our points with different rotations. We were definitely ready to play and the fans really packed the house with full stands.” 

Harness (four aces) and sophomore outside hitter Haily Turner (six aces) appeared to rattle Shadow Creek’s defense on the left side with three aces in their initial two service possessions to pave the way for an early 6-3 Lady Mavs’ lead. Johnson joined Witt-Nobles, Turner and junior middle blocker Morgan Smith with kills to increase the margin into double digits at 20-9. 

Sanders delivered a pair of floor shots to bring the Lady Sharks within seven at 21-14, but Witt- Nobles split the Creek defense with a game-ending shot down the middle a few moments later. 

“I had noticed that she (Shadow Creek coach Whitney Hilton) had a different libero than she did last weekend (at Dickinson), so I figured she was still experimenting to see who was playing libero for her,” Kennedy said. “So I thought let’s try her out a little bit and it definitely worked for us in the beginning. 

“They have some big hitters. We were trying to make them pass, before they could hit the ball.”

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