The Denison Lady Yellow Jackets capped a perfect weekend by winning its tournament title on Saturday with a 25-11, 25-23 victory against Aubrey in the championship match.
Taylor Greenameyer had three kills, eight blocks and eight digs and was named to the all-tournament team, Kiara Scott added four kills and 12 digs, Courtney Gillespie finished with 13 assists and three aces and Taylor Dawes collected 14 digs for Denison (12-3), which is riding a seven-match winning streak into the Whitesboro Tournament on Thursday. The Lady Jackets will be defending their title from last season.
Denison picked up a 25-10, 25-9 quarterfinal victory over Tioga and then beat Gunter, 25-17, 25-18, in the semifinals to earn a berth in the final. This after going 3-0 in Pool C on Friday.
“We didn’t lose a set. They’re taking care of business,” Denison head coach Jana Kelly said. “They are playing well. There are still things we need to work on but the effort is there, the attitude is great. I couldn’t ask for more.”
The Lady Jackets raced out to an early lead in the opening game for a convincing win but Aubrey then bounced back by taking a 5-1 advantage in Game 2 and led until Denison pulled even at 16. It took a 6-0 run by the Lady Jackets for their first lead of the stanza at 19-18 with Greenameyer and Taryn Gaines doing damage at the net while Taylor Dawes led the way at the service line.
Denison was up 24-19 and had to hang on as Aubrey scored the next four points before Greenameyer picked up the winning kill.
In the victory against Gunter, Greenameyer had six kills, four blocks and 12 digs, Scott totaled six kills and eight digs, Gillespie had nine assists and six digs, Dawes finished with 16 digs Alyssa Pineda collected 12 digs.
Against Tioga, Greenameyer led with 10 kills and five aces, Scott was at seven kills, Hannah Bilderback chipped in five kills, Gillespie handed out 12 assists, Dawes totaled 12 digs and Kaylee Walters collected eight digs.
In pool play on Friday, Denison defeated Howe, 25-9, 25-8, Bells, 25-7, 25-13, and Bonham, 25-12, 25-17, to earn a top seed for pool play.
In the win over Bells, Greenameyer had nine kills and eight digs, Scott added four kills and eight digs, Gillespie handed out 13 assists and Dawes collected 18 digs and put down three aces.
Greenameyer put down nine kills to go with 16 kills against Howe while Drew Hayes and Pineda each had four kills, Gillespie totaled 17 assists, seven digs and four aces and Sydney Hosey collected eight digs.
In the win against Bonham, Greenameyer had eight kills and 14 digs, Scott added four kills and 12 digs, Gillespie handed out 15 assists and Dawes collected 10 digs.
“We’re doing what we’re supposed to do,” Kelly said. “We have nine seniors. I feel like when district play gets going we’ll be ready.”
Gunter def. North Lamar 2-0
The Gunter Lady Tigers claimed third place at the Denison Tournament with a 25-18, 25-20 victory against North Lamar on Saturday.
Gunter, which defeated Valley View, Mount Pleasant and Leonard to win Pool D on Friday, started the day with a 25-23, 25-20 quarterfinal win against Collinsville before a 25-17, 25-18 semifinal loss against Denison.
Camryn MacDonald was an all-tournament selection with 45 kills, 36 digs, 11 aces and seven blocks on the day, Beth Gilbreath put down 19 kills, Jacee Childers totaled 91 assists and 26 digs, Sarah Franze finished with 30 digs and 13 kills, Lakin Satre had 14 aces, 12 kills and 15 digs and Nyah Ingram collected 29 digs for Gunter (11-3).
Mount Pleasant def. Bells 2-1
The Bells Lady Panthers earned fourth place in the Challengers Bracket of the Denison after Mount Pleasant defeated Bells, 15-25, 25-21, 25-12, on Saturday afternoon.
Dezeray Poe had seven kills, Charli Waggoner added six kills and four digs, Emma Cobb put down four kills, Cheyenne Floyd handed out 10 assists and Bella Smith finished with three kills and eight digs for Bells.
The Lady Panthers lost against Valley View, 25-14, 12-25, 22-25, in the bracket’s semifinals. Waggoner had six kills, Floyd totaled five kills, 10 assists and two aces, Hali Williams handed out 11 assists and Poe, Cobb and Smith each added four kills.
Bells started the day with a 24-26, 25-19, 25-16 victory against Pottsboro. Smith had 13 kills and eight digs, Poe added six kills, Floyd totaled five kills, 10 assists and three digs, Waggoner chipped in four kills and Williams handed out 13 assists.
In tournament action on Friday, Bells went 1-2 in pool play. The Lady Panthers defeated Howe, 25-14, 25-19, to go with a 25-7, 25-13 loss against Denison and a 25-19, 25-18 loss to Bonham.
In the win over Howe, Poe put down six kills, Cobb added four kills, Waggoner added three kills and three digs, Smith chipped in four aces and Williams handed out 11 assists.
Cobb had two kills and Floyd added three assists against Denison.
Poe had four kills and two blocks, Smith added three kills and three digs, Alexyss Williams collected five digs and Williams handed out seven assists against Bonham.
Whitewright def. Pilot Point 2-0
The Whitewright Lady Tigers won the consolation title of the Challengers bracket at the Denison Tournament with a 25-22, 25-18 victory against Pilot Point on Saturday.
Whitewright started the day with a 25-23, 23-25, 19-25 loss against Mount Pleasant before beating Howe, 25-23, 25-17, to advance to the consolation final.
The Lady Tigers will host Prairiland on Tuesday night.
All Saints def. Sherman 2-1
GRANBURY — The Sherman Lady Bearcats closed out the Granbury Tournament with a 25-15, 19-25, 25-27 loss against All Saints on Saturday.
In tourney action on Friday, Sherman beat Granbury’s JV, 25-18, 25-12, and Chisholm Trail, 25-22, 25-22, to go with a 25-21, 14-25, 18-25 loss against Midland.
On Thursday, the Lady Bearcats lost against Lake Dallas, 18-25, 24-26, but beat Stephenville, 19-25, 26-24, 25-14, and L.D. Bell, 25-16, 16-25, 25-17.
Madi Gladen had 50 kills, 61 digs and eight aces in the tournament while Rylie Bernard added 43 kills, Kylie Jackson finished with 30 kills, Sarah Graham totaled 29 kills and 13 blocks, Dallas Aleman handed out 174 assists to go with 51 digs and Cameron Wecker collected 70 digs for Sherman (12-4).
North Hopkins Tournament
Rivercrest def. Dodd City 2-0
BIRTHRIGHT — Delaney Pilliod had four kills and four digs as Dodd City finished as the runner-up in the Silver Bracket of the North Hopkins Tournament after a 25-15, 25-22 loss against Rivercrest on Saturday.
Abby Weeks handed out 10 assists, Journie Hilliard added three kills and four blocks and Cassandra Woodlee chipped in two kills and two digs for Dodd City (9-5).
In a 25-6, 25-13 victory against Sulphur Bluff, Hilliard had five kills, Pilliod, Woodlee and Madelyn Underwood each put down three kills and Weeks totaled 15 assists.
Dodd City also had a 26-24, 25-19 victory against Paris Chisum. Hilliard and Woodlee contributed three kills apiece, Underwood finished with two kills and two digs and Weeks chipped in 10 assists and two blocks for the Lady Hornets.
North Hopkins def. Tom Bean 2-1
BIRTHRIGHT — Baylee Stautzenbeger had five kills and three digs during Tom Bean’s loss against North Hopkins, 21-25, 25-11, 25-27, to close out the North Hopkins Tournament on Saturday.
Lexi Williams added two kills, Jillian Beck handed out six assists and Jewel Mason collected four digs.
Earlier in the day, Community defeated the Lady Tomcats, 25-18, 25-16. Stautzenberger had four kills and Williams added two kills.
Tom Bean did go 2-1 in pool play.
Trenton def. Poolville 2-1
POOLVILLE — The Trenton Lady Tigers closed out the Poolville Tournament with a victory over the host school, 22-25, 25-12, 15-9, on Saturday afternoon.
It was the 200th career victory for head coach Sandy McMillan.
Earlier in the day, Graford topped the Lady Tigers, 25-23, 26-24, before Fort Worth North Hills topped Trenton, 25-12, 25-15.
Gracie Holden earned all-tournament honors and had 22 kills and 12 digs on the day while Maddison Lavoie totaled 13 kills and 19 digs, Bethany Nors collected 32 assists and Dalila Hernandez finished with 11 digs
In non-district action at Trenton on Friday night, the Lady Tigers defeated Texoma Christian, 25-17, 25-20, 27-25.
Holden had 16 kills, Lavoie chipped in 10 kills and seven digs and Nors handed out 28 assists for Trenton (7-9), which hosts Quinlan Boles on Tuesday night.
S&S def. Electra 3-2
ELECTRA — Payton White had 20 kills, four blocks and three digs as S&S rallied to beat Electra, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-3, in non-district action on Friday.
Leighann Wolfe added 11 kills, 12 assists, 11 digs and two aces, Colleen Billmeier put down eight kills, Halie Hicks totaled 26 assists, five aces and five digs and Riley Marshall collected 18 digs for the Lady Rams (6-2), who play at Collinsville on Tuesday night.