GALENA PARK HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL NEWS

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Manvel

The Lady Jackets finish off the regular season with a loss to the Manvel Lady Mavericks this last Tuesday night.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team ended the season with one of their best matches of the season against one of the premier programs in the district.  The little Jacket larvae began the night battling to a 25-23 victory in the first set.  The second set was a bit more difficult as the team fell behind early and despite their valiant effort Manvel took set two 18-25.  The third set was all Manvel as the won 11-25.  Idaly Ramos and Rocio Garza played amazing at the net for the Yellowjackets.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost the Lady Mavericks in two straight sets, 15-25 and 23-25.  Manvel controlled the first set and most of the second set until a late surge by the Jackets put the team down 22-25 with control of the serve.  Unfortunately the unforced errors of the match stymied the Jackets comeback and Manvel won the second set 23-25.  Sophomore, Kensie Maldonado came on strong at the end of the season playing in multiple positions and improving her defense.  She earned 4 kills and she had no errors on serve receive.  Kensie and Kassandra Pena earned MVP honors for the match.


Varsity Team:

The varsity team was out-manned all evening as the Lady Mavericks made quick work of the match winning 25-12, 25-5, and 25-9.  Gloria Pulido earned 5 kills and Jennifer Ramirez held steady defensively earning a player of the game nod.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Shadow Creek

The Lady Jackets hosted Shadow Creek High School for Homecoming this last Friday in a match that the Yellowjackets found themselves outmatched at all three levels.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team played ended the night with a two set loss to the young Lady Sharks.  The first set was close for the majority of the set, until the Jackets fell to some ill-timed errors.  The Sharks took the first set 25-16.  The second set was all Shadow Creek as their first server rolled off several serves putting the Yellowjackets in a deep hole early.  Galena Park never recovered losing 25-8 in the second set.  Aaliyah Sanchez and Ilana Esparza were the players for the match.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in two sets, 25-22 and 25-15 but the scores are not indicative of the level of play Friday night.  The JV team was without a middle blocker which meant that other Jackets had to step up in new roles for the night.  Kensie Maldonado stepped into the second middle blocker position and played solid in both sets.  Andrea Rivera was asked to move from the right side pin to the left side pin and she played extraordinarily well. Setter, Jackie Hidalgo was asked to play 6 rotations and anchored the Jackets with her offense in the first set.  Aniya Eason led the team with 5 kills and was solid on defense all evening.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was simply out-manned all night.  The Lady Jackets did pass well off serve, but a plethora of hitting errors and terribly inconsistent blocking led to point after point for the adversary.  Shadow Creek won in three sets, 25-6, 25-12, and 25-6.  Jennifer Ramirez led the team with 4 kills.  Andrea Acosta earned recognition for her energy and solid back court play while Bailey Richey led the team with her setting and offensive decision making.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets will host Manvel Tuesday, October 24th for their final district game.  The freshman will be playing at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Willowridge

The Lady Jackets hosted the Lady Eagles of Willowridge High School on Tuesday, October 17th.  The Yellowjacket volleyball program also recognized three seniors for their four years of sweat, tears, laughs and dedication.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team finished off the Lady Eagles in two sets by scores of 25-9 and 25-9.  The entire team played really well in both sets, but some exceptional play came from Mia Flores and Aaliyha Sanchez earning them MVP honors for the match.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team finished off the Eagles in a quick two sets, 25-9 and 25-12.  The Jackets were led by the outstanding service game of Sophie Loya who was 15 of 15 from the service line and served 9 aces.  Andrea Rivera was the kill leader with 4 kills and a 50% attack percentage.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started the evening with a quick tribute to the three seniors, Gloria Pulido, Jennifer Ramirez, and Bailey Richey.  It was a heart-warming recognition of all these three have done for the program these last four years and for their teammates this season.  The night ended with a three set victory as G.P. finished the Eagles 25-13, 25-18, and 25-11.  Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 10 kills; Jennifer Ramirez contributed another 5 kills and 8 digs, while Bailey Richey rattled off 31 serves with 12 aces and no errors.  Bailey scored 25 points for the match had 7 digs with no dig errors and had 16 assists.


On Deck:

All three teams will be back in action Friday, October 20th against Shadow Creek High School.  This Friday is Homecoming week and the Lady Jackets play at 4:30 pm.  The team is looking forward to a gymnasium packed with fans before the football game begins at 7:00 pm. 

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Texas City

Freshman Team:
The freshman team traveled to Texas City to take on the Stingarees last Thursday, October 12th.  The first half was high octane as both teams exchange scores early in the game.  The Jackets were led once again by the legs of quarterback Gabriel Pagan and by Arturo Garcia.  Garcia took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and rushed for over 200 yards.  Pagan added another touchdown and 70 more yards on the ground.  The young offensive line showed improvement as the team was able to move the ball down the field.  Luis Sanchez and Adrian Montano grinded against the Stingaree running attack forcing two turnovers and anchoring the defense.  Jason Maldonado also stepped up with a forced and recovered fumble.

 

Despite all the scoring and tough defense the Yellowjackets fell just shy of a win as they lost 22-26.

 
Junior Varsity Team:
The Yellojacket JV team hosted Texas City Thursday night and fell to 0-3 in district with a 0-18 loss.  The defense played scrappy and the entire team played with heart but fell short at the buzzer.  Joshua Despania recorded an interception and Miguel Muniz made several tackles in the back field.


Varsity Team:
The Galena Park Yellowjackets varsity team were on the road again at Texas City High School for a Friday the 13th kickoff.  Unfortunately, the Yellowjackets were on the frightening end of a 44-0 loss.  Alec Gonzalez threw for 220 yards; Jalen Davis had 6 receptions and over 100 yards receiving; Austin Altwein led the team with 14 tackles and Eli Quintero played solid on defense.


On Deck:
The Galena Park Yellowjackets will host Santa Fe High School for Homecoming.  The varsity team will play at GPISD Stadium Friday, October 20th at 7:00 pm.  The sub-varsity teams will play on Thursday, October 19th at 5:00 pm. 

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Sante Fe

The Galena Park Lady Jackets traveled to Santa Fe on Tuesday, October 10th.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team lost in two sets by scores of 24-26 and 20-25.  The young Lady Jackets played some really good volleyball in both sets showing Coach Winzer that they are making improvements.  Aaliyah Sanchez and Ilana Esparza were the MVP for Tuesday night’s match.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in two sets as well by scores of 21-25 and 20-25.  The Yellowjackets battled back in both sets giving Santa Fe a run for their money.  Zoie Garcia led the team with 4 kills and her and Kensie Maldonado were the players of the game.


Varsity Team:
The Santa Fe varsity team is a strong and powerful team full of lefties and the Yellowjackets simply struggled against the Indian guns.  Santa Fe dominated all three sets winning the match 25-11, 25-9, and 25-12.  Gloria Pulido led with 3 kills and Mackenzie Dearing was the player of the game.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets will be back on the floor Tuesday, October 17th hosting Willowridge High School.  Tueaday night is the Yellowjacket senior night so come and help the Lady Jackets show their appreciation for the four years Gloria Pulido, Jennifer Ramirez, and Bailey Richey have given the program.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Elkins

The Lady Jacket volleyball program hosted the Elkins Knights at Galena Park Gymnasium Friday, September 29th.


Freshman Team:
The young Yellowjackets didn’t have the opportunity to play Elkins in the first round of district since Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the schedule.  Since that was the case the Jackets were not sure what to expect.  The Knights played some solid defense and served hard putting G.P. on their heels early.  The Lady Jackets bounced back in the second set making it a game but lost the match in two sets.  The Elkins Knights won 25-10 and 25-21. 


JV Team:
The JV team missed playing Elkins in the first round as well and the Yellowjackets were at the disadvantage as Elkins made quick work of them in two sets.  The Yellowjackets really struggled at everything losing 17-25 and 10-25.  The kill leader was Kensie Maldonado with 3 kills and Andrea Rivera was the MVP with her aggressive net play.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team were coming off a big three set victory against Marshall this Friday as they took the floor against the Knights.  The win translated into some early energy and confidence for the Lady Jackets as they ran off some points behind the offense of Gloria Pulido.  Unfortunately the team had a hard time finishing when it was necessary and lost in three straight sets.  Elkins won 25-21, 25-20, and 25-21.  Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 9 kills earning her player of the game honors.  Andrea Acosta led the team with 13 passes off serve and 0 errors and picked up 12 digs earning her player honors as well.


On Deck:

The Lady Jackets will travel to Galveston Ball High School on Tuesday, October 3rd to take on the Lady Tors.  The freshman match will start at 4:30 pm followed by the other matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Pasadena

Freshman Team:
The Galena Park Freshmen Team played in a tough game against Pasadena this past week.  The Jackets’ defense played a good game led by Brice Hernandez who tallied two sacks, Landon Black who broke up a couple of passes, and the toughness of Luis Sanchez and Adrian Montano.  The Jackets’ offense showed some signs of improvement as the game progressed culminating in a touchdown scored by the 42 yard run of Arturo Garcia.  It was a physical, low scoring affair that ended with the Jackets a few points short of victory (14-8).

 

Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team traveled a short distance across the channel to do battle with the Eagles of Pasadena High School this past week.  The Yellowjackets collected their first win of the 2017 season as they held onto an 18-14 until the final buzzer.  The offense and defense were running on all cylinders as Terrance Phillips ran for two touchdowns and David Estrada added a third defensive touchdown.  Joshua Despania collected an interception and Francisco Villalobos contributed with by breaking up a pass on defense.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team hosted the Eagles for their second game of the season and managed to earn a shutout and their first victory.  The defense dominated as they completely shut down the Eagles’ offense and contributed a defensive score after Elizar Torres scooped up a fumble and ran in for the score.  Donato also tallied a fumble recovery for the Yellowjacket defense.  Isaiah Sanchez had an interception and Miguel Lopez led the defense in tackles.  Quarterback, Alec Gonzalez threw for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns; Marlon McDaniel rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and received 129 yards and scored a second touchdown.  Marlon’s receiving touchdown came off an 87 yard connection between him and Alec Gonzalez.  Jalen Davis and Julian Macias each had over 50 yards receiving and scored a touchdown.


On Deck:
The Yellowjackets will start district play against Marshall High School; the freshman will travel to Marshall for a 4:30 pm start while the JV team hosts the Buffaloes at Dement Field on September 28th.  The varsity will travel to Hall Stadium on Friday, September 29th for a 7:00 pm kickoff.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Thurgood Marshall

The Lady Jackets started their second round of district play on the road at Thurgood Marshall High School this last Tuesday, September 26th.

 
Freshman Team:
The freshman team defeated the Lady Buffs in the first round but struggled Tuesday night as they lost in two straight sets.  The first set was close, 22-25, but the Jackets failed to string together enough offense to overtake the Buffs.  Set two was controlled by Marshall as they defeated G.P. 15-25.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV pulled off a district win in three sets: 27-25, 10-25, and 25-20.  The JV started off slow in both the first and second sets.  Fortunately in set one they were able to battle back behind strong serving and defense to squeak out the 27-25 win.  Marshall scored early on some aggressive serves while Galena Park had multiple errors that created a deficit too large to recover.  The third set was all Galena Park.  The Lady Jackets sided out and Jackie Hidalgo rattled off several points from the service line.  Zoie Garcia and Aniya Eason frustrated the Lady Buff offense as they dominated the net while Hailey Sanchez and Kassie Pena held strong on the defense.  The entire team made contributions and the team earned MVP honors for the night.


Varsity Team:
The varsity lost to Marshall in their district opener back in September and was looking for some revenge, and revenge was SWEET!  The first set was a tight match as both teams made some fantastic plays and some horrific errors, but in the end the Yellowjackets prevailed by a 25-23 score.  The second set looked to be all about the Buffs as they took a quick 7 point lead.  The Lady Jackets finally sided out and senior, Bailey Richey stepped on the floor to serve with the score 7-14.  Bailey served off 8 points giving G.P. the momentum and the 15-14 lead.  Marshall continued to fight but the Jackets held and took the second set 27-25.  The third set was close as well, 25-23, but the Lady Jackets were in control behind the offense of Gloria Pulido and the defense of Kimmy Gutierrez and Jennifer Ramirez.  Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 22 kills out of 43 attempts and only 7 errors.  Bailey Richey scored 13 points, 4 aces and had 23 assists.  Jennifer Ramirez had 29 digs and 16 passes off serve earning her and her counterparts MVP honors.


On Deck:
All three teams will be at home Friday, September 29th versus Elkins High School.  The varsity will start the evening with a 4:30 pm match in the Galena Park Competition Gym.  The JV team will play at 5:30 pm and the freshman will play at 6:30 pm.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Santa Fe

The Galena Park Lady Jackets had a short night after they traveled to Manvel Friday night and had to host Santa Fe early Saturday morning for a makeup match.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team lost in two sets by scores of 9-25 and 20-25.  Jimena Amezquita and Ilana Esparza were the players of the game for Saturday’s match.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team played a much better match Saturday after their less than stellar performance Friday night.  The team took an early lead behind the aggressive serving of Jackie Hidalgo in the first set.  Aniya Eason got her first taste of starting middle blocker duty and she stepped up big time.  The first set seemed to be in Yellowjacket control until some passing and defensive miscues gave Santa Fe the 19-25 win.  The second set started out well, but the passers struggled getting the ball on the setter and Aniya went out with an ankle injury leaving the Yellowjackets hobbled.  The Indians won the second set 9-25.  Aniya Eason was the player of the game.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started off strong behind some aggressive serving by Bailey Richey and some help from the low ceiling in the Galena Park gym.  Santa Fe doesn’t like the low ceiling and early on it was the 7th man for the Lady Jackets.  Santa Fe eventually found some energy behind some aggressive serving and some big pin hitting as they rolled to a 13-25 first set win.  The second set had some great hustle plays and some aggressive hitting by Jen Ramirez that kept G.P. in the set, but passing and hitting errors stymied the scoring leading to a 17-25 loss.  The third set was all Santa Fe as the steamrolled over the Yellowjackets with a 9-25 win.  Cristal Reyna had a tremendous match on defense, serving, and attacking while Jen Ramirez made some smart decisions on offense.  Jasmine Salinas also held her own on the defense keeping the sets close early on in the sets.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets are finally returning to a regular schedule as they start the second round of district play.  Tuesday night will be against Marshall at Galena Park.  The freshman team will play the 4:30 pm match followed by the JV at 5:30 and the varsity at 6:30.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Manvel

The Lady Jackets got on a bus for the third time this week to travel to Manvel for a match against the Lady Mavericks.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team was much smaller than the Mavericks but they played with passion and despite the 14-25 and 14-25 scores they fought hard.  Ilana Esparza is anchoring the Lady Jackets with her outstanding defense as of late earning her player of the game recognition.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in two sets, 13-25 and 11-25.  The traveling and long week must have taken its toll on the young Jackets as they looked more like something from Zombieland then volleyball players.  Freshman, Natalie Macias played well being aggressive as a hitter and picking up some tough hits and serves.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was defeated in three sets of 7-25, 11-25, and 9-25 by the Lady Mavericks.  Despite the lopsided scoring there were some positive moments that the coaching staff is hoping to build on for the second round of district play.  The Lady Jackets’ blocking improved as the match progressed (especially for Destiny Morales) and Cristal Reyna and Bailey Richey served aggressively.  Destiny Morales was the MVP with her two solo blocks against Manvel’s big, big hitters!

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Shadow Creek

The Lady Jackets traveled to Shadow Creek High School this last Tuesday night to take on a very athletic and powerful Lady Sharks team.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team lost in two straight sets, but played the best out of all three teams.  The first set was dominated by Shadow Creek as they won 25-10, but a defensive change in the second set made for a closer 25-19 score.  Mia Flores, Rocio Garza, Ilana Esparza, and Lily Nieto earned the players of the game honors for the night.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team was stunned by the feeding frenzy of offense the Sharks put down Tuesday night.  The Lady Jackets struggled to find any rhythm and lost in two sets (13-25 and 10-25).  Kensie Maldonado was the kill leader with 4 kills.  Zoie Garcia, Kassie Pena and Sophie Loya earned recognition for their defense and passing off serve.


Varsity Team:
The varsity looked slow and out of sorts all evening as Shadow Creek finished them in three sets (9-25, 10-25, 9-25).  Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 5 kills.  Sophomore, Alexa Quiroga was the player of the game as she tried to bring energy to the floor.  Jasmine Salinas also earned kudos with her play off the bench.


On Deck:

The Lady Jackets are on the road again Wednesday, September 20th at Texas City for a district make-up game.  The match is slated to begin at 6:00 pm.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Galveston

The Lady Jacket volleyball program hosted the Lady Tors of Galveston Ball for a Saturday match.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team struggled against Galveston Ball after a positive night versus the Willowridge Eagles.  The Tors finished the Jackets in two sets: 15-25 and 6-15.  The players of the game were Katia Flores and Aaliyha Sanchez.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team also lost in two sets to Ball but only after playing their best volleyball of the season.  The JV girls played most of each set exchanging point for point with Galveston.  A few errors and miscues were capitalized on by the Tors resulting in a 22-25 and 19-25 loss.  Kensie Maldonado was the kill leader with 4 kills.  Jackie Hidalgo’s serving and setting earned her player of the game honors along with Kassie Pena and Hailey Sanchez who were unbelievable on defense.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team began aggressively as they played a back and forth first set.  The Yellowjackets would pull ahead only to find the Tors evening the score.  Missed serves hurt the Lady Jackets as they lost the first set 22-25 and missed four serves.  The second set was more of the same, a true battle between well-matched teams, but serving and unforced errors gave Ball the 20-25 win.  Galena Park took control and the lead early in the third set but the focus dissipated in the waning points and Ball won 20-25.  The kill leader was Gloria Pulido with nine kills.  Gloria Pulido, Andrea Acosta, and Destiny Morales were the players of the game.


On Deck:
All three teams will be playing at Shadow Creek High School Tuesday, September 19th.  The freshman will start the festivities with a 4:30 pm game followed by the JV and the varsity teams.  The varsity will be playing a make-up game at Texas City on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00 pm.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Tomball

Freshman Team:
The Galena Park Yellow Jackets Freshmen football team opened their season against a tough Tomball Memorial team.  The 9th grade Jackets started strong, but failed to maintain any momentum as the game continued.  Despite the loss the Yellowjackets did have some bright spots in the game; Arturo Garcia ran the ball hard all game; Brice Hernandez and Gabe Pagan showed grit and determination all game; and James Lara had a sack and forced a fumble to provide the defense with a spark.

 

Junior Varsity Team:
The Galena Park JV team traveled to the Tomball Memorial Wildcats on Thursday evening.  The Wildcats handed the Jackets their first season loss as they shutout G.P. 42-0.  The offense did manage to make several first downs and battled every down.  The defense also had some positive moments as they slowed down the Tomball offense.  Austin Altwein received some special recognition for his second quarter interception.


Varsity Team:
After a long wait the Yellowjackets finally took the field against Tomball Memorial High School.  The players fought hard and didn’t quit.  G.P. trailed 34-6 at half but played hard in the second half allowing only 13 second half points.  Marlon McDaniel averaged over 8 yards a carry, rushing for 90 yards.  Alec Gonzalez threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns.  John Juneau led the defense with 12 tackles and Alex Gomez had a sack /fumble recovery on the same play.


On Deck:

Next Week the Freshmen Jackets will take on Pasadena at Dement Field and the JV team will travel to Pasadena High School on September 21st, kickoffs will be at 4:30 pm.  The varsity will host Pasadena at GPISD Stadium on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Hightower

The Lady Jackets traveled to Hightower High School to take on the Lady Eagles of Willowridge in their third district game.  The night ended with a Galena Park sweep as all three teams brought home a “W”.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team played a solid game that culminated in a two set win (25-13 and 25-8).  The entire team played and every girl contributed to the team effort and victory.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team also defeated Willowridge in two sets led by the offense of Zoie Garcia and the serving of Jackie Hidalgo.  The Lady Jackets won the first set 25-17 and the second set 25-16.  Zoie Garcia was the kill leader with 6 kills and no errors and was the player of the game along with Jackie Hidalgo who served 12/13 and had 5 aces.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was looking for a win tonight as the last two district games have been somewhat disappointing.  Led by the returning seniors, the Lady Jackets were able to earn their first district win.  G.P. won in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, and 25-17.  Senior, Jen Ramirez was the kill leader with 7 kills, Gloria Pulido had 6 kills, and Bailey Richey was on fire with 5 services aces and 10 assists.


On Deck:

The Lady Jackets will be playing at Shadow Creek High School on Tuesday, September 19th.  The freshman will start their game at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity teams.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Elkins

The Lady Jacket varsity volleyball team traveled to Elkins Wednesday, September 13th for their second district match of the season.  Because of all the devastation caused by Harvey the Lady Jackets have not competed since September 22nd.  Since this was a make-up match the sub-varsity teams did not play.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started off with some quick scoring behind the powerful serving of senior, Bailey Richey.  The first set started with the Yellowjackets playing aggressive and battling point for point against the Elkins Knights.  Then the Yellowjackets fell into a passing slump allowing Elkins to pull away and finish off the Jackets 25-15 in the first set.  The second set was a point for point set as well until Elkins took advantage of a few miscues snatching the set 25-22.  The third set was controlled by the Knights with the exception of the last three Lady Jacket points; shouldered by the defense of Kimmy Gutierrez and Jen Ramirez the Jackets started to make a run.  Unfortunately, the deficit was too great and Elkins won the third set 25-15.  Gloria Pulido led the team with 8 kills, Jen Ramirez had a solid hitting and defensive game, and Kimmy Gutierrez stepped up and played a tremendous defensive game!


On Deck:
All three teams will be back on the floor Friday, September 15th at Hightower High School playing Willowridge High School.  The varsity game will start at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and ending with the freshman.  All three teams will also play make-up matches against Galveston Ball High School on Saturday, September 16th at Galena Park High School.  The freshman team will start the morning at 10:00 am followed by the JV and then the varsity.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Marshall

The Lady Jackets volleyball program kicked off their 2017-2018 district season playing host to Thurgood Marshall High School.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team put together their first victory in a 3 set match against the Lady Buffs.  The Lady Jackets controlled the tempo of the first set as they took the set 25-19 behind the serving of Jacky Diaz.  The Jackets fell behind early in set two as the Buffs managed to serve off several points.  The deficit proved to be too great to overcome and the Jackets lost 12-25 in the second.  Set three was all about the Jackets.  The young team took an early lead and swarmed their way to a 25-11 set and match victory.  Jacky Diaz and Ilana Esparza were the players of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team was caught off guard early against Marshall as their unconventional play wreaked havoc on the Yellowjacket defense.  After a timeout by Coach Swanson the team managed to re-group and pull ahead.  Once G.P. took the lead they finished off Marshall 25-21 in set one.  Set two was all about Jackie Hidalgo who served 7 points giving the Yellowjackets an 8-0 lead.  The Lady Buffs were never able to catch up and G.P. won the second set 25-18.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team struggled some trying to overcome an unorthodox Marshall offense, but once everyone found their groove the Lady Jackets managed to take the first set 25-15.  The Lady Buffs took the second set 16-25 after the Jackets struggled finishing the offense with aggressive hits.  The third set started off close but the Yellowjackets pulled away and looked to have the set in the bag, but once again inconsistencies haunted the team.  The third set was close but finished with a 23-25 Marshall win.  The fourth set was all about the Yellowjackets as they jumped out ahead and served Marshall out of their offense.  Galena Park won the fourth set 25-21.  Galena Park won serve in the fifth set and had an early lead, but nerves got the better of the ladies and Marshall wouldn’t say die.  Marshall won the final set 14-16 giving the Lady Jackets their first district loss.


On Deck:
All three teams will head east to take on the Falcons of Channelview High School on Friday, August 25th.  The freshman match will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity matches.  The junior varsity and freshman teams will also be playing in a tournament at C.E. King on Thursday, August 24th and Saturday, August 26th.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Dickinson

The Galena Park Lady Jackets traveled across the channel to knock the Lady Eagles out of their nest this last Friday night.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team just came off a loss to South Houston, but it was a tightly played match.  So, Coach Winzer was anticipating some more improvement Friday night.  Sadly, the little fish were not on the same page in the play book as nerves and indecision dominated the match.  Pasadena took the match in two sets, 12-25 and 18-25.  Two bright spots for the young Jackets were Rocio Garza’s aggressive net play and Jacky Diaz’s aggressive serving.  Jacky served off six points and three aces in the second set to tie the set 16-16 before Pasadena regained control.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team struggled with a new line up in set one losing 13-25 to the Eagles.  The second set also went to the Lady Eagles, 20-25, but the Lady Jackets had settled down and played out some long rallies.  Players of the night were Kensie Maldonado, Jackie Hidalgo and Zoie Garcia.


Varsity Team:
The Yellowjackets slid on their black jerseys Friday night after a long day at Dickinson the day before; a day of extremes where they either played well or struggled with the speed of top tier offenses.  So, Friday night could have been about tired legs and tired arms, but these ladies spent six weeks this summer at speed and strength camp and tired was not an excuse.  The Lady Jackets battled point for point in set one finally putting down the Eagles 25-22.  Set two went to Pasadena 19-25 after the Jackets struggled finding their offense.  Set three was a marathon that ended 28-26 G.P. featuring the intelligent play of setter Bailey Richey and the aggressive hitting of Mackenzie Dearing.  Set four was another marathon but this time the 25-27 score was in favor of Pasadena.  Both teams were looking to exploit weaknesses and take advantage of errors.  Set five started with senior, Bailey Richey back to serve and she delivered some strong serves, but a Yellowjacket error gave the side out to Pasadena.  Pasadena took the lead as the Jackets couldn’t seem to find a groove and committed serving errors.  The Jackets battled back and rattled the Eagles as the set was nearly tied but some blocking errors and hitting errors handed the match to the Eagles.  The fifth set was 12-15 Pasadena.  Junior, Mackenzie Dearing was the kill leader with 11 kills.  Senior, Bailey Richey scored 13 points off serve and was the player of the game.


On Deck:

The varsity will be back in action at the Dickinson tournament August 19th.  Then the entire program will play host to Marshall High School on Tuesday, August 22nd for the district opener.  The freshman will take the floor first at 4:30 pm followed by the JV then the varsity matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - South Houston High School

After an early morning tournament on Thursday, August 10th the Lady Jackets were back at home Friday, August 11th to host the Lady Trojans of South Houston High School.

 

Freshman Team:
The freshman team seemed to be less nervous as they stepped on the floor for their second high school match.  They lost to South Houston in 2 sets: 22-25 and 24-26, but battled through each point.  These young Yellowjackets just keep improving with each volley and the coaches are anxious to see their growth as the season progresses.  Players of the game were Aileen Castro and Jacky Diaz.

 

Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in three sets: 25-15, 24-26, and 21-25 to the Trojans.  The JV team is young as 5 of the 13 players are freshman, but each time they play they improve.  Coach Swanson is sure that with more practice and more experience that they will be competing at the highest level by the end of tournament season.  Setters, Jackie Hidalgo and Jessica Espinoza were the players of the game as they controlled the offense and tempo of the game.

 

Varsity Team:
The varsity team traveled to South Houston last season and pulled out a 5 set win and this season was a repeat.  The Yellowjackets started off with some hard serves and an aggressive offense taking the first set 25-21.  Then in sets 2 and 3 South Houston served aggressively and the Yellowjackets struggled getting the ball to their setters.  The Trojans won set 2, 25-21 and set 3, 25-20.  The Lady Jackets regrouped during the fourth set and won 25-23.  The fifth and deciding set was all Yellowjackets as Mackenzie Dearing served off 5 points, 4 of which were aces, to take an early lead and the momentum.  Sophomore, Andre Acosta served off another 4 points at the end of the game to seal the deal.  The Jackets won the fifth set 15-6.  Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 11 points.  Andrea Acosta, Destiny Morales, and Bailey Richey were the other outstanding players for the night.

 

On Deck:

The varsity and JV teams will be playing the second round of tournament play Saturday, August 12th.  The Lady Jackets will be off Tuesday, August 15th but will be traveling to Pasadena at Phillips Gymnasium on Friday August 18th.  The varsity will also be traveling to Dickinson High School for a tournament on Thursday and Saturday of next week.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Sam Rayburn

The Lady Jackets volleyball program started the 2017 season with a home opener against the Sam Rayburn Lady Texans on Tuesday, August 8th.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team felt the nerves as they stepped on the high school hard wood for the first time in their high school careers.  The young Lady Texans were a little more aggressive and took advantage of the nerves the Jackets experienced early in the match.  The Texans won in two sets 25-15 and 25-18.  Katia Flores was the player of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team finished off the Lady Texans in a tight hard-fought battle to three sets.  The JV team has 5 freshman and 8 sophomores who all played and all contributed to the win.  The sophomores did hold the team together with their experience as all three sets ended in win by but just two points.  The Lady Jackets dropped the first set 26-24, but won the second two sets 26-24.  Maddy Flores and Sophie Loya were the players of the game.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started their 2017 season with a solid 3-1 set win over the Texans.  The first set went to Sam Rayburn (25-21) as the Lady Jackets struggled finding a groove, but sets 2-4 were the Jackets’.  G.P. came from behind in the second set to finish off Rayburn with a 25-23 win that was mirrored in the third set with another 25-23 win.  The fourth set was all Galena Park as the Jackets took an early lead off the serving of senior Bailey Richey and never relinquished the lead winning 25-21.  Senior, Jen Ramirez was the player of the game as she anchored the team defensively and stepped into a new role as a hitter on offense.  Returning senior, Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 12 kills.


On Deck:
The JV and varsity teams will be at tournaments this Thursday, August 10th and all three teams will be back at home against South Houston on Friday, August 11th. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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