Young Lady Jacks improving as district approaches

RICHARD NELSON

editor@dibollfreepress.com

The Diboll Lady Jacks traveled to Onalaska on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for a non-districtvarsity volleyball matchup.

The match was a back-and-forth, edge-of-your -seat affair that went Onalaska’s way in five games, 13-25, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 12-15.

“The crowd at Onalaska was hostile and very, very loud, but we kept our composure very well,” said Diboll Head Coach Ron Horton. “This game was something that these girls needed – a loud, hostile environment, pressure-type atmosphere – because, come district, that is what every point will be like. And, if we can overcome those obstacles now, then they will easier to hurdle when we approach them in district. These girls couldn’t even hear each other on the court calling the ball or calling a set because it was just that loud. It was definitely a learning experience and hopefully we ‘learned’ from it.”

Standouts for the game were Kameri Mott, 6 aces, 6 kills, 13 digs; Lexxus Hamilton, 4 aces, 13 kills, 6 digs; Shayla Hubbard, 1 ace, 2 kills, 20 assists; and libero Desiny Oliphant, 18 digs.

Diboll is now 11-15 and will play host to Jacksonville on Tuesday, Sept. 21. All matches for the next two weeks will be played at H.G. Temple Intermediate because of bleacher installation at the high school.

Shepherd game

The young Diboll Lady Jacks volleyball team defeated Shepherd in four games Friday, Sept. 6, and are now 11-14 on the season.

The Lady Jacks are now made up of two seniors, one junior, five sophomores and two freshmen.

“These girls are starting to get their groove on and figure out their role on the court,” said Holton said. “They will be ready when district rolls around September 20th.”

Diboll lost Game 1, 19-25, but came back to win the next three games, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23.

Standouts for the match were Lexxus Hamilton 2 aces, 16 kills, 11 digs and 2 blocks; Kyla Cunningham, 1 ace, 4 kills, 12 digs and 5 blocks; and Shayla Hubbard, 2 aces, 1 kill, 17 assists and 5 digs.

Corrigan tourney

Bookending the Woodville game, the Lady Jacks took third place in the Corrigan tourney on Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 7.

Diboll defeated Shepherd 23-25, 25-11, 15-2. Leaders were Chloe Presnall, 4 aces, 5 spikes; Mya Ward, 5 kills; Jypsy Rosales 3 assists.

Diboll come up short against Huntington, 15-25, 21-25. Leaders were Shardena Rayson, 3 kills, 4 digs; Darbie Parks, 2 kills, 4 assists; Ashley Pantoja, 5 digs.

Diboll defeated Timpson 25-7, 25-21 to take third. Leaders were Liz Martinez, 3 digs; Karina Palomimo, 4 digs; Brandion Taylor, 4 spikes; and Aileen Robles, 2 aces, 3 spikes.

Woodville match

After going to the Centerville tourney two weekends ago, and playing top-notch teams in the state, the varsity girls got back on the winning track Sept. 3. They played a grueling 5-set match against Woodville and pulled a late Game-5 comeback to win the match.

Diboll traded wins in the first four games, 25-16, 14-25, 25-23, 11-25. The Lady Jacks trailed 7-12 in Game 5, but rallied for a 15-13 victory.

Standouts for the match were Mia Williams, 4 aces, 6 kills and 13 digs; Tiffany Simmons, 2 aces, 4 kills and 15 assists; Lexxus Hamilton, 2 aces, 11 kills and 6 digs; and Kyla Cunningham, 12 digs, and 11 blocks – just one short of tying her own blocking record per match.