GALENA PARK HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL NEWS

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Post Season Honors

The Galena Park High School Athletic Program would like to give recognition to the Lady Jacket volleyball program who finished 22-16 overall, 10-6 in district play, were Bi-District Champions and who earned a bid into the Area Finalist match.  In addition, congratulations also goes to the following Lady Jackets who earned 23-5A All-District Honors for the 2016 Season.


Senior, MacKenzie Swanson earned “Setter of the Year” honors for the second straight season in a row.  This is MacKenzie’s fourth year as a varsity starter for the Lady Jackets.  She received 2nd Team All-District honors her freshman year, and Setter of the Year honors both her junior and senior years.  MacKenzie went from being the Lady Jacket’s only setter her junior year to both a setter and hitter this season where she made contributions at each position.  MacKenzie played in all 113 games this season where she averaged 4.9 assists per game and had an assist efficiency rating of 0.241.  She led the team in aced serves with 100 and served 94% for the season.  She was the team’s third leading digger with 452 digs, second in kills with 253, and had 17.5 blocks.  She led the team with the highest kill percentage at 0.392, had a passing efficiency rating of 0.914 and a hitting efficiency of 0.246.  MacKenzie is one of the many seniors whose work ethic, dedication, and game sense is going to be sorely missed as she moves on to the next chapter of her career at Adams State University.

 


Senior, Alana Perez received 1st Team All-District honors for the second straight season in a row as well.  Alana is a four year varsity starter who is the power and spark of the Lady Jackets’ team.   Alana has spent four years improving her game at every level.  Alana is by far the most intelligent attacker in the district as she moves the ball around blockers, threw blockers, off blockers and into holes left by the defense.  She can power a kill straight down the line or finesse a roll shot behind the block.  Alana played in 96 games, served 95% for the season and was second in aced serves with 58.  Alana led the Yellowjackets in kills with 303 kills and had a kill percentage of 0.313.  Alana was second in digs with 484 digs, had 18 blocks and had a passing efficiency of 0.808.  Alana does all of this and maintains the highest G.P.A on the team and the second highest G.P.A among the senior class.  Alana’s fire and leadership on the floor is going to be extremely difficult to replace as she moves on to play at the next level.

 


Senior, Jossie Enriquez received 2nd Team All-District honors.  This is Jossie’s second year as a varsity starter and her first time receiving post-season honors.  Jossie has spent two years wearing the white jersey of the libero for the Yellowjackets.  Jossie is a true warrior; she has battled back from a serious injury, battled to improve her defense and battled for respect in a district full of talent.  Jossie played 109 games and led the team with 611 digs, as any libero should, she was third in aced serves with 45 and served 87% on the year.  Jossie had a passing efficiency rating of 0.719.  Jossie was a true competitor every day, in every practice, and in every game.  Jossie not only came to make herself better but she quietly demanded that those around her compete to get better as well.  The Lady Jackets have a big white jersey to fill as Jossie graduates this spring.

 

 

 


Senior, Christina Herrera received Honorable Mention honors for the second year in a row.  Christina is a four year varsity starter and this was by far her best year.  Christina improved her serving and back court defense giving her an additional half a rotation each game; and many times her serving kept the opposition out of system and ended in points for the Yellowjackets.  Christina also improved her blocking and became a critical part of the offense.  Christina racked up 29.5 blocks, 136 kills, 42 aces, and served 90% in the 107 games she played.  Christina’s offense improved so much that she was the third best attacker with a kill percentage of 0.333.  The entire coaching staff and her team enjoyed watching her blossom into a true varsity middle.

 

 

 

 


Senior, Jailene Salinas received Honorable Mention honors.  This is Jailene’s second year on the varsity but first year with considerable playing time and first time earning post-season recognition.  Even though the 23-5A district teams just recognized Jailene’s talent, the Lady Jackets have always known she was a force.  She is so venerated by her team she has been given the nick name “Jailene 007” because she just “gets it done”!  Jailene didn’t always get to play in the back row but when she did she made an impact.  Jailene had a passing efficiency of 0.795, served 92%, 9 blocks, 117 kills, and a kill percentage of 0.253 in the 112 games she played.  The Lady Jackets are now looking for 007 two point 0.

 

 

 

 

 


Junior, Gloria Pulido received Honorable Mention honors.  This is Gloria’s first year on the varsity and her first year earning recognition.  Gloria stepped into a huge hole as the team’s second middle blocker.  Middle blocker is a tough job, especially in a district with offenses that run quick hits from every location on the net.  Gloria never backed down and had many games where she totally dominated the opposition.  Gloria led the team with 40.5 blocks; she also had 128 kills and a kill percentage of 0.272.  Gloria will be returning to anchor the Yellowjacket net next season and big things are expected of Miss Gloria.

 

 

 

 

 


The 23-5A District also recognizes those who maintained a 90% or above as All-Academic Recipients.  Congratulations to the following ladies who earned Academic All-District Honors: seniors, MacKenzie Swanson, Alana Perez, Jossie Enriquez, Christina Herrera, Shelby Loya, and Jailene Salinas; and juniors, Gloria Pulido, Jennifer Ramirez, and Bailey Richey.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Kingwood

The Galena Park Yellowjackets fell to the Kingwood Park Lady Panthers this last Friday night in three sets.  The Panthers won set one 25-13, set two 25-10 and the third set 25-11.  The lop-sided final scores are not an indication of the level of play the Yellowjackets brought to the floor.  The team played hard and aggressive every point of every set.  They played with heart, passion and dignity the entire match and made the Galena Park faithful proud.  They embodied sportsmanship as they recognized the strong play of their opponent and humbly acknowledged the tremendous support of their fans.  This team has truly been a TEAM at every juncture of the 2016 season.  Coach Kellner, Coach Swanson, and Coach Bruggeman could not be more proud of these brilliant and tenacious warriors.  Every practice, every bus ride, every match has been a true blessing and these coaches are thankful they got to enjoy the ride.  Seniors, Christina Herrera, Alana Perez, Mackenzie Swanson, Jailene Salinas, Eloisa Ruiz, Shelby Loya, Jossie Enriquez, and Stephanie Garcia will be missed but Jennifer Ramirez, Gloria Pulido, Bailey Richey and Mackenzie Dearing will take this new found success and push forward in 2017.

 

The Lady Jackets want to give special thanks to their fans; the gym was rocking and we are so very thankful our fans came to support us.  Additional thanks to Tony Gardea for the little piece of extra love he gave the volleyball program all season to Coach Handal for the breakfast and words of wisdom, and a thank you to Coach White for sponsoring the girls’ athletes so they could ride the bus to the match.  Daniel Ramos and Cynthia Troncoso deserve recognition for all their hard work and dedication keeping us healthy and rehabbing our injuries.  A great big thank you to Mrs. Teresa Perez (team mom) who bought gifts for the girls to give to the fans, took pictures, made programs, decorated tables, manned the concession stand, cleaned the concession stand, got a sink for the concession stand and on many occasions was one of a few fans in the stands.

 

The 2016 Lady Jacket volleyball program ended the season with a 10-6 district record and a fourth place finish and a 22 and 16 overall record.  Ladies, congratulations on a job well done!

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Sharpstown

The Galena Park Yellowjackets defeated the Sharpstown Apollos in three quick sets Tuesday, November 1st.  The Yellowjackets were matched up against the Apollos for the first round of play-offs and all the hard work, long hours, and preparation paid off as GP won 25-6, 25-11, and 25-8.  Mackenzie Swanson led the team with 9 kills followed closely by Alana Perez and her 8 kills.  Middle’s Christina Herrera and Gloria Pulido dominated at the net while Eloisa Ruiz, Jen Ramirez, Shelby Loya, and Jossie Enriquez controlled the back court with their defense.  Mackenzie Swanson and Bailey Richey captained the offense with their setting, and Jailene Salinas, Stephanie Garcia, and Mackenzie Dearing all earned kills!


 

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 went down in two quick sets by scores of 11-25 and 13-25.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team took the Lady Mavericks to three sets in their first meeting and lost the match.  This time the Jackets rose from the ashes and played the best volleyball of the season against one of the top teams in the district.  When the ash and dust cleared it was the Lady Jackets with the 25-22 and 25-21 two set victory.  The team served 100% for the match and played a controlled and aggressive game.  Mackenzie Dearing racked up 7 kills.  Sophomores, Gisel Marroquin, Astrie Fuentes, Destiny Morales, and Mackenzie Dearing all earned MVP honors for their leadership and outstanding play.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team came out strong and gave Manvel a battle in the first set only to fall 21-25.  Then the zombie apocalypse happened and GP became a scene out of the walking dead.  The Lady Jackets were timid, tentative and just too slow.  Manvel finished off the match with a set two 13-25 win and a set three 9-25 win.  Alana Perez and Christina Herrera each had 5 kills.  Jailene Salinas was the bright spot of the night with her 25% hitting percentage and her error free serve receive and dig game.


On Deck:
The JV and freshman teams are finished for the 2016 season, but the varsity team will be playing either the 31st of October or the 1st of November in the first round of playoffs.  Stay tuned and be sure to come out and support these hard working ladies.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Shadow Creek

The Lady Jackets hosted Shadow Creek High School for Homecoming this last Friday in a match that held playoff implications for the Yellowjackets!  The Yellowjackets were more than up to the task as they defeated the Sharks and clenched a playoff berth.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team played last Friday night after a long varsity match, a JV match, and a parents’ night they finally got on the court in a less than stellar fashion.  The team was lethargic all night and simply couldn’t get enough energy or momentum to take control.  Shadow Creek beat Galena Park 1-25-10 and 25-16.  Kassandra Pena was the player of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team took control early against the Lady Sharks only to give up the lead and lose the first set 24-26.  The second set was all Shadow Creek as they finished off the Yellowjackets 19-25.  Mackenzie Dearing was the kill leader with 4 kills.  Destiny Morales played an outstanding all-around game and Jasmine Salinas played every position on the floor as some point during the game.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started the match with a few butterflies but as the match progressed the Yellowjackets began to swarm.  Set one went to the Lady Sharks by a score of 22-25 but not without the Lady Jackets opening the door allowing the doubts to creep into the Shark brains.  Set two was a battle as the two teams exchanged point after point until Alana Perez found an opening for the Yellowjackets 1000th kill of the season and took control of the set.  Galena Park won set two, 28-26.  Set three was nearly a repeat of set two as the two teams exchanged points, but Galena Park fed the pin hitters and snagged their second win by a 26-24 victory.  Set four was all about the Jackets as they made big play after big play!  Every player at some point made some unbelievable play that just nailed the coffin lid down tighter and tighter.  Finally, Alana Perez stepped back and served a hard, well-placed serve that put the Sharks on their tail fin and forced the Shark error and the GP victory.  Set four was 25-23 Galena Park.  With this victory the Lady Jackets are fourth in the district and find themselves in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.  Alana Perez led the Lady Jackets with 22 kills, but the entire team made this win a reality!


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets will travel to Manvel Tuesday, October 25th 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 traveled to Willowridge High School this last Tuesday, October 18th for a second round showdown.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team finished off the Lady Eagles in two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-17.  The entire team played really well in both sets, but some exceptional serving and defense came from Kassandra Hernandez and Kassandra Pena.  Their play earned them “Player of the Game” honors for the night.  Alexa Quiroga and Jayleen Montano both led in kills with 4 kills each.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team finished off the Eagles in a quick two sets, 25-14 and 25-18.  The Jackets were led by the outstanding service game of Astrie Fuentes who was 16 of 18 from the service line and served 5 aces.  Mackenzie Dearing was the kill leader with 6 kills and Kylah Evans came off the bench and made some solid plays.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team stepped on the floor with a mission:  “oust the Eagles from their nest,” and it was raining Eagles all match.  Alana Perez and Gloria Pulido dominated on the attack game as neither of them had an attack error in three sets.  Mackenzie Swanson and Jossie Enriquez sent Eagles flying all over in chaos as they obliterated the Eagle nest with their serves.  Gloria Pulido and Mackenzie Swanson earned MVP accolades for their play while Alana Perez led the team with 9 kills.  Galena Park strolled out of Willowridge with a 25-12, 25-7, 25-16 victory and an early night.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back in action Friday, October 21st 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 raucous fans ready to cheer on the Lady Jackets before them all head to GPISD stadium for the football game against Galveston Ball High School. 

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Santa Fe

The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted Santa Fe on Tuesday, October 11th and the varsity team served up a hot, steaming platter of revenge. 


Freshman Team:
The freshman team lost in two sets by scores of 11-25 and 14-25.  The team struggled getting a rhythm even though they managed to run some aggressive offense at moments.  Alexa Quiroga earned the MVP honors with her strong hitting performance.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in two sets as well by scores of 11-25 and 18-25.  Mackenzie Dearing led the team with 4 kills and Cristal Reyna and Astrie Fuentes earned MVP honors for their exceptional defensive play.


Varsity Team:
The last outing against Santa Fe was like watching Space Jam; we were the Looney Tunes characters and Santa Fe was the MonStars.  Well, there was no space for MonStars on this fine evening as the Lady Indians felt the pain of the mighty Yellowjacket sting.  Set one started off with aggressive serving by Mackenzie Swanson and fantastic defense by Jossie Enriquez that set the tempo for a 25-23 win.  Set two was all GP as the Lady Jackets owned every moment of the 25-19 victory.  Set three went to Santa Fe, 19-25, as the Lady Jackets stumbled momentarily.  Jossie Enriquez stepped back to serve in set four and the Yellowjackets never relinquished control from point until the final whistle.  Galena Park won the fourth set, 25-21 and snatched the match from the Indians.  Alana Perez led the team in kills with 17, and Christina Herrera added another 8 kills and totally dominated the net.  The entire team stepped up and played every moment and every point.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets will be off this Friday but will be back on the floor Tuesday, October 18th at Willowridge High School.  The freshman will be starting the evening with a 4:30 pm start and the JV and varsity matches will follow.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Texas City

The Lady Jackets traveled to Texas City on a fine October Friday to take on the Lady Stingrays for the second time this season.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team has found their groove and that is leading to victory.  The young Jackets defeated Texas City in three sets:  22-25, 25-18 and 25-18.  These young ladies are really figuring out their abilities and the game!  Alexa Quiroga, Jayleen Montano, and Jessica Espinoza were the MVP’s for the night.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team was started their night with a first set win and control only to struggle through the next two sets and ultimately loose.  The JV scores were 25-21, 17-25, and 21-25.  Mackenzie Dearing was the kill leader with 11 kills.  Mackenzie and fellow outside hitter, Cristal Reyna were the match’s MVP’s.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was back on the floor after a marathon match against the second place Tors of Galveston Ball.  Galena Park took charge early in the first set winning 25-22.  Texas City managed to steal set two with some hard serving and some timely tip shots.  Galena Park came out in the third set with some defensive adjustments and stung the Rays 25-18.  The fourth set was all Galena Park as they steam-rolled Texas City 25-13.  Senior, outside hitter, Alana Perez led with 16 kills and was 31 for 32 from the service line with seven aces.  Alana, Jossie Enriquez, and Mackenzie Swanson earned recognition for their solid play throughout the match.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back in action Tuesday, October 11th against Santa Fe High School.  The 11th is also the Lady Jackets’ Senior Night, please come out to Galena Park High School to support the Lady Jackets and honor the four years of hard work and dedication these 8 seniors have dedicated.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Galveston Ball

The Lady Jacket volleyball program hosted the Lady Tors of Galveston Ball High School for a revenge match.  Ball has won every match against the Lady Jackets this season and despite a valiant effort there was again no sweet taste of revenge for Galena Park.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team made some outstanding plays throughout their match, but just couldn’t seem to find the consistency button.  Errors and a lack of communication plagued the young Jackets most of the match resulting in an 18-25 and 20-25 two set loss.  Middles, Jayleen Montano and Alexa Quiroga dominated the offense and the net and Kassandra Hernandez and Sophie Loya earned a coaches nod for their no holds barred net play.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team played a lack-luster match falling to Ball 12-25 and 17-25.  The team never seemed to get going and Ball controlled the entire match.  Kylah Evans and Viviana Alaniz did come off the bench and added a spark to the team, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the funk.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was in a war and they fought until the last team was standing, unfortunately that team was the Lady Tors.  The Yellowjackets lost the match in five sets: 25-23, 7-25, 25-22, 24-26, and 14-16.  With the exception of the set two anomaly the Lady Jackets played outstanding and it took everything the Tors had to defeat GP.  Mackenzie Swanson led the team with 15 kills, a solo block, 3 aces, and served 100% for the match.  Complimentary setter, Bailey Richey led with 16 assists, served 100% and scored 21 points off her serve.  Middles, Gloria Pulido and Christina Herrera combined for 7 blocks on the night and Gloria added another 7 kills to the Yellowjacket tally.  The Lady Jackets as a team had 12 blocks, which is AMAZING!


On Deck:
All three teams will travel to Texas City Friday, October 7th.  The varsity team will start the night off at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the freshman matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Elkins

The Lady Jacket varsity volleyball team maintains their standing in districts with a three set win over Elkins.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team ended the evening with a nail-biter as they had everyone on the edge of their seats for every point in all three sets.  Each set showcased two young teams battling for the necessary two points to win the set.  Set one went to Elkins 24-26, but Galena Park scraped and fought for the two point advantage in the second set winning that set 27-25.  The third set was more of the same as the two teams exchanged points until the ultimate rally as Elkins served for game and match point.  The rally went on and on as both teams defended valiantly, but a double hit call on GP gave Elkins the 24-26 win.  It was an exciting match and the entire team brought their “A” game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team dropped both sets, 20-25 and 22-25 to Elkins.  Mackenzie Dearing led the team with 4 kills and earned MVP honors with her defensive and offensive play.  Destiny Morales also earned MVP honors with her outstanding serving and dominant net play.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team controlled their match from the first whistle to the last.  The varsity defeated Elkins 25-15, 25-16, and 25-22.  Stephanie Garcia did an outstanding job blocking Elkins big outside hitter while the defense of Jennifer Ramirez and Alana Perez passed in system balls all night.  Setter Mackenzie Swanson ran the offense like the seasoned setter she is, and she put down 6 kills during her time on the front line.  Alana Perez led the team with 8 kills, but the entire team shared in the “kill fest” as the hitting distribution was nearly even among all hitters.   


On Deck:
The Yellowjackets will be hosting their nemesis, the Galveston Ball Lady Tors this Tuesday, October 4th.  The freshman match will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Marshall

On September 27th, the Lady Jackets hosted the Marshall Lady Buffaloes in the first match of the second round of district play.  The night was all about the Yellowjackets as it was a sweep by all three teams.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team started the night off with a two set, 25-23 and 25-17 win.  Aggressive serving by Kassandra Pena, great tempo passing by Hailey Sanchez and an offense captained by Vanessa Mendoza kept the Jackets in control and on the path to victory the entire match.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team came out hot shutting down an unorthodox Marshall offense by a score of 25-22, then the second set started and the JV team did as they have done most the season, they lost.  The second set went to Marshall by a score of 25-21.  Captain Mackenzie Dearing met with the official and after losing the serve chose to make Marshall switch sides.  Galena Park battled to a 26-24 victory behind the serving of Kylah Evan and the hitting of Mackenzie Dearing.  Mackenzie Dearing led with 13 kills followed closely by Astrie Fuentes’ 9 kills.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team dominated Marshall in the first set 25-9.  It was all GP as the Yellowjackets registered a single dig error late in the first set.  The second set went to Marshall, 25-22 as GP got cold and failed to finish the rallies.  The third set had GP back in control behind the aggressive serving of Christina Herrera and Bailey Richey, as well as two huge hustle plays that took the wind out of the Marshall sails.  GP won set three 25-17.  The fourth set was never in doubt as the defense of Jen Ramirez, Alana Perez and Jossie Enriquez frustrated the Marshall hitters and Bailey Richey effortlessly put the ball into her hitters hands for kill after kill.  The night ended with a 25-19 fourth set win.  The night was a complete team effort.


On Deck:
All three teams will play Elkins on Friday, September 30th at Elkins High School.  The varsity will start the night off with a 4:30 pm start time.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Manvel

The Lady Jackets finish the first round of district play hosting the first place Manvel Mavericks.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team was coming off a successful tournament round from the night before and managed to carry their momentum into Friday night’s match.  The Lady Jackets battled point for point in the first set only to succumb to the Mavericks by a score of 28-30.  The second set belonged to the Mavericks as Galena Park worked to find some balance and consistency.  Manvel won the second set 15-25.  Alexa Quiroga and Jayleen Montano were the players of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in three sets.  The first set started off in Manvel’s favor but the Yellowjackets managed to pull together some offense late in the set but it proved to be too little too late as Manvel won the first set 21-25.  The second set started off slow as well until Astrie Fuentes stepped back to the service line and put the Yellowjackets back in the set.  GP went on to win the second set 25-20.  Galena Park won the coin flip in the third set a selected to serve, but the Mavericks controlled the set from the beginning winning 15-25.  Cristal Reyna and Mackenzie Dearing each had 4 kills and they along with Destiny Morales were the players of the game.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was defeated in three sets of 12-25, 21-25, and 13-25 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 and the passing on serve was solid the whole match.  Manvel is a dynamic team and taking those small glimmers of success and building them into laser beams of destruction will be the game plan for the second round of district play.  Alana Perez was the kill leader with 10 kills.  Gloria Pulido earned MVP accolades with her aggressive hitting game and her blocking.  Mackenzie Swanson and Alana Perez also get a MVP nod as they captained the team.


On Deck:
The will be hosting Marshall High School Tuesday, September 27th.  The freshman match will start at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Shadow Creek

The Lady Jackets traveled to the brand new Shadow Creek High School this Tuesday evening to take on the Lady Sharks.  Sadly, it was a rough night for two-thirds of the program.


Freshman Team:

The freshman team built on their success from last Friday and chalked up their third district win against the Sharks.  The young Jackets were led by the serving of Hailey Sanchez and Jessica Espinoza as well as the dominating net play of Jayleen Montano and Alexa Quiroga.  The Lady Jackets won in two sets, 25-19 and 26-24.  Coach Bruggeman handed out “Most Valuable Team” honors to all the girls who worked hard this week.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV fell behind early in the first set and never managed to find any rhythm as Shadow Creek won the first set 10-25.  Mackenzie Dearing who was just released from concussion protocol came in during the second set and corrected the team’s course as they battled to a 25-23 second set win.  The third set began a bit shaky as Galena Park fell behind again, but Mackenzie and Cristal Reyna held steady keeping the Yellowjackets within striking distance.  Sadly, aggressive hitting errors at the end cost the Jackets the third set 22-25 and the match.  Mackenzie Dearing, Cristal Reyna, and Astrie Fuentes all had 4 kills and Mackenzie and Cristal were the players of the game.


Varsity Team:

The varsity team found themselves in the doldrums for another road match.  The Lady Jackets lost an error riddled three set match by scores of 20-25, 19-25, and 22-25.  Alana Perez led the team with 6 kills and Mackenzie Swanson’s perfect serving game, defense and desire earned her MVP honors for the match.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets would like to invite everyone to “Black Out” night at the GPHS Competition Gym this Friday night as they host Manvel High School.  The varsity play the early (4:30 pm) match and would love a full house.  All fans can then visit the tailgate party at the Lily Center parking lot and end the evening supporting the Jackets of the gridiron at GPISD Stadium.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Willowridge

The Lady Jackets hosted the Lady Eagles from Willowridge and turned the soaring Eagles into grounded poultry.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team finally pulled everything together and put a big check mark in the win column!  The freshman Jacket team defeated Willowridge in two sets, 25-9 and 25-13.  Coach Bruggeman was so proud of her team she elected the entire team for “Player of the Game” honors.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team finished off the Eagles in a quick two sets, 25-6 and 25-16.  The Lady Jackets were led by the fabulous serving of Jasmine Salinas who served off the first 15 and 9 aces in set one.  Astrie Fuentes was the kill leader with 3 kills and Jasmine Salinas was the “Player of the Game.”


Varsity Team:
The varsity team played the early game this Friday night and set the tone for the evening by totally dominating the Eagles of Willowridge.  All 11 players on the team played quality time and gave quality moments throughout the match.  This was a TEAM win, but Jailene Salinas gets an extra “gold” star for her outstanding net play and Christina Herrera earned extra “kudos” for her quick offense.  Alana Perez was the kill leader with 13 kills.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back in action Tuesday, September 20th against Shadow Creek High School at Shadow Creek High School.  The freshman team will play the 4:30 pm game followed by the JV and the varsity teams.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Liberty

The Lady Jackets had a night off from district play, but picked up a match against Liberty High School at the Galena Park Gymnasium.  Liberty was unable to suit a freshman team, so the night consisted of JV and varsity matches.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV started things off with a bang as Jasmine Salinas ran off 6 points on serve followed by another 3 quick service points by Gisel Marroquin.  The Lady Jackets managed to build on those 9 points and finish of the first set 25-15.  The second set started with missed serves and miscues by GP which gave Liberty the advantage and the second set by a score of 20-25.  Set three started with a side-out point by Galena Park and a smooth ride to victory with a 25-22 set three win.  The kill leader for GP was Astrie Fuentes with 11 kills.  The players of the game were Astrie Fuentes and Gisel Marroquin.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team took the floor early and after a slow start in the first set that ended in a 20-25 Liberty win the Yellowjackets hunkered down for a fight.  Set two went to GP 25-22, set three 26-24 and set four 25-18.  It was a game full of ups and downs, but in the end the Yellowjackets worked as a team and pulled out the win.  Alana Perez led the team in kills with 14 kills.  Christina Herrera led the team with 6 service aces and at 47% hitting percentage earning her player of the game honors along with Stephanie Garcia.


On Deck:

The Lady Jackets will be hosting Willowridge High School on Friday, September, 16th at Galena Park High School.  The football team has a bye week and the varsity team will be playing the 4:30 pm match.  Let’s have all the GP fans at the gym ready to make some NOISE for the Lady Jackets as they continue on the road to victory.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Sante Fe

The Galena Park Lady Jackets went back to Santa Fe this Friday evening for the third time in the last 7 seven days.  Sadly, all three teams had less than stellar performances against the Indians.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team lost in two sets by scores of 12-25 and 15-25.  Jayleen Montano and Alexa Quiroga were the players of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost in two sets as well by scores of 12-25 and 9-25.  Astrie Fuentes led the team with 4 kills and earned player of the game honors with her aggressive offense and net play.


Varsity Team:
Santa Fe stymied the Galena Park offense with some large blockers and a slow, plodding offense.  Santa Fe won in three sets 17-25, 24-26, and 15-25.  Alana Perez led the team with 9 kills followed by Christina Herrera’s 8 kills.  Christina also led the team in attack percentage and was a force on the net earning her the MVP nod from the coaching staff.


On Deck:

The Lady Jackets will host a non-district match up against the Panthers of Liberty High School.  The freshman team will start the night at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Texas City

The Lady Jackets hosted the Stingrays from Texas City this last Tuesday evening for their fourth district game.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team once again was at victory’s door but let the door slam shut on them.  The freshman team lost to Texas City in two sets of 21-25 and 16-25.  They battled back in both sets but couldn’t find consistency long enough to pull out the win.  Jessica Espinoza and Jayleen Montano were the players of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team was down their captain as Mackenzie Dearing was out with a possible concussion and Astrie Fuentes was hobbled with a sore ankle.  It didn’t help that Coach Swanson mixed up the set two line-up that resulted in the team struggling with an unusual line-up.  Texas City managed to pull out the two set victory with scores of 21-25 and 6-25.  Astrie Fuentes managed to lead in kills despite the sore ankle and Jasmine Salinas earned MVP honors with her serving and passing.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was back on the floor after a short weekend where they played 6 matches in 3 days of volleyball.  The team struggled most of the evening taking control and playing Yellowjacket volleyball as Texas City seemed to always be in control of the slow, methodical tempo.  Despite the slow pace of the game the Yellowjackets took the first set 25-22 behind the service aces of senior Christina Herrera.  Set two was still a bit shaky, but GP managed to come out on top again by a score of 25-20.  Sets three and four went to Texas City as they rattled off 9 points worth of serves taking the sets 22-25 and 21-25.  It all came down to the final set, and GP made it a game.  Texas City went up early taking advantage of some untimely errors by GP, but Alana Perez took her team on those slight shoulders and just powered them through to a 15-13 victory!  Alana Perez was the kill leader with 19 kills off of 60 attacks; she served 100% with four aces including the match winning ace!  Alana Perez earned “Player of the Game” honors for the evening’s game.


On Deck:

All three teams will be back in action Friday, September 9th at Santa Fe High School.  The varsity team will play the 4:30 pm game followed by the JV and the freshman teams.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Galveston Ball

The Lady Jacket volleyball program traveled to the island, not Gilligan’s but Galveston, for a district showdown versus the Tors of Galveston Ball.  The night was a short night, but not the kind of quick night GP was anticipating.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team struggled again against Galveston Ball; a new coach for the night and a late start added to the chaos that ended in a 20-25 and 11-25 loss.  The young ones showed a few moments of cohesive volleyball prowess, however once again they just can’t seem to keep it together for an entire match.  Jessica Espinoza was her usual hustling self but she had some help from Vanessa Mendoza’s defense and Hailey Sanchez’ in game adjustments.  Coach Bruggeman will be back with the young swarm next Tuesday where they are planning to collect another district win.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team played a lack-luster first set, a spectacular second set, and then another less than stellar third set as they tallied the loss to Ball.  Ball went up quick and dominated off powerful serving winning the first set 8-25.  Galena Park managed to find some solid ground in the second set and powered through to a 25-15 win.  The third set started with Galveston Ball winning serve and GP just couldn’t pass up anything.  Ball won set three 10-25.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team began the night firing on all cylinders as they took an early lead off aggressive serving and a power attack by Alana Perez.  However, Ball found a groove as their fourth server stepped back and systematically picked apart the Yellowjackets with a killer topspin serve.  Miscues on the block and defense added to an already difficult set.  Ball won the first set 22-25.  The errors and mistakes continued through the rest of the match leading to a 19-25 and 16-25 Ball sweep.  The Lady Jackets have no time to lick these wounds as they are back in action at Santa Fe for another round of tournament play.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back on our home court Tuesday, September 7th against the Stingrays of Texas City.  Redemption is the motto for the week as all three teams look to get back in the win column.  The freshman games will start at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Pasadena Eagles

Freshman Team:
The Galena Park freshman football team opened their 2016 season against the Pasadena Eagles last week on the 25th of August.  The conditions were less than favorable as afternoon showers made the field wet and sloppy.  In spite of the weather and field conditions the Yellowjackets played a physical game.  The Yellowjacket defense was swarming, led by the big hitting of Ivan Hernandez, Mike Gaitan, Kailen Collums and Gerardo Dimas.  Offensively, Trinidad Gallo had a solid night rushing the ball, and Patrick Hernandez made two acrobatic catches that sustained drives.  Unfortunately, the Yellowjackets couldn’t muster enough offense to seal the victory as they fell to Pasadena by a score of 8-6.


Junior Varsity Team:
On opening night at Dement Stadium the Yellowjacket JV played a stellar defensive game holding the Eagles of Pasadena scoreless.  With a defense that stymied Pasadena, the offense was able to create and finish drives with points.  Galena Park ended the first quarter with a 7-0 lead.  The defense held strong in the second and the offense managed to put another 6 points on the board taking a 13-0 lead into the intermission.  After some Gatorade and a rest the third quarter ended with another GP score putting the Yellowjackets up 20-0.  The final score remained 20-0 and the JV team tallied their first win of the young season.  The offense was led by Francisco Maldonado, Albert Henry, and Vincent Trevino who each found the end zone.  Gerardo Jimenez made some big catches that moved the chains and Aaron Mendoza kicked two extra points.  Defensive linemen, Chris Rubio and Caleb Dickerson combined for three sacks on the night.  Chris Rubio did his best impression of Von Miller causing a fumble.  John Juneau was the defensive player of the game as he could be found all over the field making play after play for the Yellowjackets.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team traveled to the other side of the channel to match gridiron skills with the Pasadena Eagles last Friday night.  The Yellowjackets jumped out to a quick 28-0 first half lead.  The Jackets held the Eagles to 14 points and added another 14 points to their total in the second half.  Marlon McDaniel had 11 carries for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns.  One of his touchdowns was 83 yards late in the second quarter.  Alec Gonzalez completed 21 of 31 passes for over 260 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The offense was stellar with over 500 total yards of offense while the defense complimented the offense by holding Pasadena to just over 200 yards of offense.  Jose Davila snagged himself two interceptions on the night.  Marlon McDaniel was the offensive MVP, Alec Gonzalez was the “Back of the Week”; Christian Cuellar was the “Offensive Lineman of the Week”; and Bryan Gutierrez was the “Wide Receiver of the Week.”  Pedro Saldana was the defensive MVP, Jordi Marroquin was the “Defensive Lineman of the Week”; Carlos Flores was the “Linebacker of the Week”; and Jose Davila and Will Hernandez were the “Defensive Backs of the Week.”


On Deck:
The Yellowjackets will be going up against the South Houston this next week.  All the Yellowjacket programs are enjoying positive seasons and can’t wait to see all those fans in black and gold cheering them to victory.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Elkins Knights

The Lady Jacket varsity volleyball team handles the Elkins Knights in a 3 set match giving Galena Park a 2-0 lead in district play.


Freshman Team:
The young Jackets continue to learn and put together a functional offense.  They have moments of brilliance, but just can’t seem to sustain their level of play for a complete match.  Elkins defeats Galena Park in two sets 12-25 and 24-26.  Isabel Alvarez served off 7 straight points in set two to put GP ahead.  Three of those points were ace serves earning her player of the game honors.  Kaylinn Neece also played aggressively in the middle earning player honors as well.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team battled in a three set match against a big, well coached Knight team.  It was a hard fought match where each team split the first two sets.  Elkins took the first set 19-25 followed by a 25-20 GP win in set two.  Galena Park took the early lead in the third set only to find themselves battling with a deficit at the end of the set.  The Lady Jackets fought hard and were aggressive, but the game just didn’t fall into place as GP lost the third set 20-25.  Astrie Fuentes was the kill leader with 4 kills and Mackenzie Dearing was the player of the game.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started off with some jitters as they hosted a big, athletic Elkins team.  The coaches didn’t know much about the Knights, but the plan was to play the same volleyball that has been winning matches up to this point.  Once the team worked out of the nerves the Yellowjackets made quick work of Elkins behind the leadership of their four year captains, Alana Perez and MacKenzie Swanson.  The Yellowjackets took set one 25-21, set two 25-22, and set three 25-21.  Outside hitter, Alana Perez led the team with 10 kills.  Alana and MacKenzie were the players of the game as their presence and composure kept the team steady while they worked through the jitters.


On Deck:
The varsity team will be traveling to Santa Fe for their Labor Day Tournament on Thursday, September 1st and Saturday, September 3rd.   All three teams will be back in action Friday, September 2nd on the island playing Galveston Ball.  The varsity game will start first on Friday at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the freshman will play last.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Channelview Falcons

The Lady Jackets take it to the Falcons of Channelview on a rainy Friday night.


Freshman Team:
After a big district win last Tuesday evening, the freshman stepped on the hardwood without intensity and focus resulting in a quick two set loss.  The Falcons took control early and never relinquished their lead in either set.  The Lady Jackets fall 16-25 and 6-25.  Jessica Espinoza again earned honors for her consistent play as the setter and for her tenacious defense.


Junior Varsity Team:
Unlike the freshman team that was looking to build on their Tuesday success, the JV team was looking for redemption from their lack-luster performance earlier in the week.  Early in set one, the path to redemption looked wide and smooth as the team’s intensity and focus ended in a 25-11 win.  The path turned rather hazardous in set two as the Yellowjackets struggled to get anything working.  The Falcons cruised to a 15-25 win.  The Channelview Falcons won serve for set three, but the Lady Jackets were determined to finish the night with a win!  Galena Park battled to a 25-20 set three win and a match victory.  Mackenzie Dearing led the team with 6 kills.  Destiny Morales had a huge game on the net and at the service line earning her player of the game honors along with Astrie Fuentes.


Varsity Team:
The seasoned varsity team shared some love with their as they threw out mini-beach balls to their fans during team introductions; then they systematically dismembered the Falcons feather by tiny feather.  Senior, Alana Perez started the night in the net warm-up smashing every ball sent her way and the coaches knew she was going to have a big night; and a big night is exactly what she had!  Alana captained her team to a three set victory despite an early five point deficit in set one.  The Falcons were up 15-10 just as Alana was about to rotate back on serve where she gave the Yellowjackets a 16-15 lead that was quickly added to by Bailey Richey and was finished off by MacKenzie Swanson.  Set one went to GP 26-24.  Set two started much like the first as GP hitting errors put the Yellowjackets behind again, but the team settled down behind some strong serving by Jen Ramirez and Swanson as they overcame the deficit to win 25-16.  Galena Park earned a quick side-out in set three and proceeded to pluck, clean, and fry the Falcons with a 25-20 set three win.  Alana Perez was the kill leader with 16 kills and the player of the game with her 13/13 serving, 1 ace, 17 digs, and was 28/29 on serve receive with 18 of those being perfect in system passes.


On Deck:
The varsity team will be back on the Galena Park hardwood hosting Elkins High School for their second district match next Tuesday, August 30th.  The freshman team will begin their match at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.  The varsity team will then be traveling to Santa Fe for their Labor Day Tournament on Thursday, September 1st and Saturday, September 3rd.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Pasadena Eagles

The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted the Pasadena Eagles for their home opener this Friday night.  Even though the sub-varsity teams suffered through some rough matches the varsity team capped the night off with a quick three set victory.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team keeps playing in some rather tight sets, but can’t seem to find that little something to push them to victory.  The young Yellowjackets fell to the Lady Eagles in two sets by scores of 21-25 and 20-25.  Hailey Sanchez and Jessica Espinoza were the players of the game.  Even though these ladies are struggling, they show glimpses of greatness and the coaching staff is expecting exceptional things from them in the near future.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team never was really in their match Friday night.  Pasadena’s aggressive and smart serving game put the Yellowjackets on their heels early.  The Jackets dug a deep hole which kept them from working back into the match.  Jasmine Salinas’ positive attitude, defense and adjustments earned her the player of the game honors.


Varsity Team:
Coach Kellner handed off her coaching duties to her assistants for Friday night’s match, as she was out dealing with important family matters.  The Lady Jackets never missed a beat as senior, setter MacKenzie Swanson started off on fire serving off six points three of which were aces.  That set the tone for the entire match as the team served 89% for the match and played a virtually error free match.  Galena Park won by scores of 25-14, 25-20, and 25-15.  Eleven Lady Jackets adorned with black and yellow stepped on the court to warm up this evening and eleven Lady Jackets contributed to the victory.  Every player played a crucial role at some point in the match and the player of the game went to no one, as the entire team earned the victory.  MacKenzie Swanson led the team with 9 kills followed closely by Stephanie Garcia’s 8 kills.  Countless passes, digs, and sets led to those 17 kills for which both ladies are grateful.


On Deck:
The varsity will be back in action at the Dickinson tournament August 20th.  Then the entire program will travel to Marshall High School on Tuesday, August 23rd 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 - Thurgood Marshall

The Lady Jackets volleyball program kicked off their 2016-2017 district season with a road trip to Thurgood Marshall High School.  The “Big Jackets” brought home the road victory and an early undefeated district record!


Freshman Team:
The freshman team put together a complete match with all the young guns firing on all cylinders as they stole two sets and the match from the Wild Buffalos of Marshall.  The freshman dominated Marshall winning easily 25-9 and 25-14.  Coach Bruggeman was extremely pleased with the confidence and teamwork that led to the victory.


Junior Varsity Team:

The JV team came out in set one and proceeded to dominate Marshall, but a mental lapse in the middle of the set spelled “doom” for GP as they lost the set 27-29.  Unfortunately, the focus never returned as Marshall controlled the rest of the match and the 17-25 win.  Sophomore, Destiny Morales was the player of the game with her aggressive and smart net play while Mackenzie Dearing led the team with 4 kills.


Varsity Team:

The varsity team struggled some trying to overcome a slow, unorthodox Marshall offense.  It was a brawl at times, and the Lady Jackets had to find their beast within, but in the end they battled to a 3 set victory.  The Lady Jackets led early in set one and battled back out of a lull in the middle of the game to win 27-25.  The Yellowjackets controlled all of set two (25-20) as the Buffalos were reeling from the tight first set.  Set three started off all GP, but some serve receive errors and some hitting errors resulted in a Marshall lead near the end of the set.  Junior, Jen Ramirez stepped back to the service line and served off some hard serves followed by aggressive team play that put GP back into the game.  Galena Park came from behind and finished off Marshall 26-24 in the third set.  It was a terrific team win, each and every person made some play at some point in the match!  Jailene Salinas had a big outside kill off serve receive in game three; Alana Perez controlled the offense with perfect passing and big hits on the outside; Mackenzie Swanson, Bailey Richey and Shelby Loya found the perfect hitter multiple times; Gloria Pulido, Stephanie Garcia, and Christina Herrera controlled the net; and Jen Ramirez, Eloisa Ruiz, and Jossie Enriquez patrolled the back court chasing down every dig.  Alana Perez and Gloria Pulido led the team with 9 kills each, and the young Gloria had 18 attacks, 9 kills, and 0 errors for a 50% hitting average on the night!


On Deck:
All three teams will be back on our home court against the Falcons of Channelview High School.  The freshman match will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity matches.  Come out the Galena Park have some nachos and cheer on the Lady Jackets.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - Pasadena ISD JV Tournament

The junior varsity Lady Jacket volleyball team competed in the Pasadena ISD JV Tournament this last Thursday and Saturday, August 11th and August 13th.  Thursday was a day full of ups and downs ending with a disappointing day one bracket loss, but Saturday ended up being a day of redemption as the Lady Jackets won both matches and brought home the consolation trophy. 

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Game Update - South Houston

After an early morning tournament on Thursday, August 11th the Lady Jackets returned to the court Friday night in a new South Houston facility.  The Lady Jackets traveled to SoHo intent on finishing the Lady Trojans in quick matches, but the plan didn’t acquiesce quite like the ladies wanted.


Freshman Team:
The youngest members of the swarm were nervous and timid on the floor.  They are a hard working group, but are still trying to find their wings.  Despite a valiant effort the youngsters fell to the Trojans in two sets 20-25 and 20-25.  Kassandra Pena earned the libero jersey this week and her defense was on point all match; for that reason Kassandra was the player of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team came back after a close set one loss, 22-25 to defeat the Trojans in the next two sets:  25-17 and 25-19.  Coach Swanson strategically moved setter Mackenzie Dearing to the outside hitter spot to create some much needed offense gambling that her young freshman setter could cover Dearing’s setter role.  The gamble paid off as Jackie Hidalgo and Gisel Marroquin controlled the offense allowing Dearing and middle Astrie Fuentes to go to work on the net.  Jasmine Salinas had a big night defensively and at the service line.


Varsity Team:
The “big swarm” hasn’t seen the Lady Trojans since these seniors were freshman.  The Trojans have a new facility that was volleyball friendly and GP showed up ready to put the swarm down on the Trojans.  It was a dirty-gritty match full of long rallies and “gut check” plays.  Set one went to the Trojans, 18-25 as the Jackets struggled with the tempo and timing of their offense.  Once the swarm was righted the team was just a bit too far behind to make up the difference.  In set two Galena Park took advantage of a small block on outside hitter Mackenzie Swanson and stole the set 25-23.  The Lady Trojans made some adjustments and some heads-up plays in the third set that put them up quick and an offense lull by GP gave the game to SoHo, 16-25.  Coach Kellner, spiced up her line-up in set four moving Gloria Pulido to the right side to set a bigger block and Bailey Richey to the outside to change up the speed of the hitting.  The change along with some “never say die” moments pulled GP even as we took the set 26-24.  Set five was all about heart, trust, and aggression as the Yellowjackets took the first serve scored and never trailed again.  They might swarm defeated South Houston in the final set 15-11.  MacKenzie Swanson was the kill leader with 19 kills and Bailey Richey was the player of the game as she came off the bench and ran the offense like a seasoned veteran.


On Deck:
The varsity and JV teams will be playing the second round of tournament play Saturday, August 13th.  The Lady Jackets will be off Tuesday, August 16th but will be hosting Pasadena at Galena Park High School on Friday August 19th.  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

On August 9th the Lady Jackets traveled to the home of the Texans to take on Sam Rayburn High School.  The Lady Jackets were led by a solid eight seniors who have been together for six years waiting for the moment to make a statement.  The beginning of that statement happened Tuesday night as the varsity team swept the Texans.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team started out nervous, but they came together and played a solid three set match.  The freshman ended up losing by the scores of 23-25, 26-24, and 20-25.  The middle hitters, Jayleen Montano and Kensie Maldonado played aggressively all night.  Jessica Espinoza controlled the tempo of the game both on defense and on the set. 

 
Junior Varsity Team:

The JV team stepped on the floor with 14 brand new faces as all of last year’s players have moved up to the varsity level.  The JV took care of Sam Rayburn in a quick two sets winning 25-15 and 25-21.  Astrie Fuentes, Destiny Morales, and Mackenzie Dearing played fantastic.  Mackenzie dictated the offense with her sets, while Astrie and Destiny finished the plays with their aggressive hitting.  Destiny and Astrie also played solid defense for all six rotations.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team was down a returning outside hitter as she was in California impressing colleges, but a swarm is a swarm no matter how many Jackets fly.  The varsity stepped on the floor as a team, played 3 sets as a team, and won every point as a team.  As a result, the Yellowjackets walked out of Sam Rayburn’s gym as the victorious team.  Galena Park defeated the Lady Texans in three straight sets, 25-18, 26-24, and 25-14.  Each player made contributions throughout the match, even our young juniors who came into set two and served us out of an 18-21 deficit to take the set 26-24.  Set three was all GP as the Yellowjackets finished off the wounded Texans.  Senior, Eloisa Ruiz played an error free game and senior, MacKenzie Swanson led the team with 11 kills.  All ten players earned honors as all ten players’ contributions were essential and fabulous!


On Deck:
The JV will be at Sam Rayburn for a tournament August 11th and 13th while the varsity will be playing at Huffman’s tournament those same days.


All three teams will be back in action at South Houston on August 12th.  The freshman will start at 4:30 pm and the JV and varsity teams’ matches will follow.

 

GPHS Volleyball Preseason

“If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far go together” is the Galena Park Lady Yellowjackets’ theme as they return to the floor for another year of floor burns, stuff blocks, ace serves, power kills, and perfect in-system passes.  The 2016 volleyball season has begun and the Lady Jackets are loaded with experience and ready to take on a new district.  Expectations are high as Galena Park has 8 returning seniors.  Leading those seniors is 4 year starting outside hitter, Alana Perez.  Alana has lead Galena Park in attacks, kills, and passing percentage for the last two seasons.  Alana is also a two-time first team all-district honoree.  Complementing Ms. Perez is her cohort on the net, Christina Herrera.  Christina is also a 4 year varsity player who anchors the Jacket net play with her explosive hitting and blocking.  Quarterbacking the offense is last season’s setter of the year, senior MacKenzie Swanson.  MacKenzie’s quickness and volleyball IQ translate into a deadly offense for the Lady Jackets.  Jailene Salinas and Jossie Enriquez are also returning varsity players whose time on the floor last season and whose blue-collar work ethic will provide Galena Park with additional weapons.  New to the varsity stage are seniors, Eloisa Ruiz, Shelby Loya, and Stephanie Garcia, but they are not to be overlooked.  Stephanie’s versatility makes her a threat from every position on the floor and Eloisa’s defense is sure to frustrate opposing attackers and Shelby’s setting gives the team more options in the attack game.   Spurring the competition will be some juniors from the sub-varsity team looking for an opportunity to make an impact

 

The 2016 season begins in earnest on Tuesday, August 9th at Sam Rayburn High School.  This group of seniors has defeated the Texans the last two years and plans to start the 2016 with a big black check mark in the win column.  Please come out to support these young women and their hard work and dedication will be on display.  The freshman game will start at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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