GALENA PARK HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL NEWS

 

SEASON HONORS

Congratulations to the following varsity Lady Jackets for earning 21-5A All-District Honors for the 2015 season.


Junior, MacKenzie Swanson earned “Setter of the Year” honors.  This is MacKenzie’s third year as a varsity starter for the Lady Jackets.  She received 2nd Team All-District honors her freshman year and played very well early on during her sophomore year until an ACL injury cut the season short for MacKenzie.  MacKenzie is the glue that holds the Jacket offense together, her decision making and setting were an essential part of the team’s success.  The speed of the Yellowjacket offense caught many an opponent off-guard this season and much of that was due to MacKenzie’s understanding of the game and her setting decisions.  MacKenzie played in all 109 games this season, served 91% with 99 service aces; she had 373 digs, 25 blocks and 688 assists out of 2641 attempts.

 


Junior, Alana Perez received 1st Team All-District honors.  This is Alana’s second time earning 1st Team honors.  Alana is a third year varsity starter who is the pulse of the Lady Jackets’ team.   Alana spent her off-season building strength and agility which brought added power to her potent outside hitting game.  Not only does Alana win points with her attack game she also keeps the team in rallies with her defense and service passing.  Alana has a tremendous understanding of the game and her maturity is only going to make her better.   Alana played in all 109 games this season, served 91% with 42 service aces.  Alana was served 680 times on the season and 41% of the time she passed a perfect pass.  She had a 91% passer rating; she had 879 attack attempts 269 of which ended in kills; she had 550 digs and 19 blocks.

 


Senior, Taylor Dearing received 2nd Team All-District honors.  Taylor earned Honorable Mention honors last as a sophomore.  Taylor is a 3rd year varsity starter who blossomed as a full time outside hitter this season.  Taylor began the season with a bang as she dominated Sam Rayburn and kept that momentum all season.  Not only is Taylor a solid attacker, but she is a dominating server and a tremendous defensive player.  The coaching staff intentionally created the line-up so Taylor was either the first or second server because of the momentum her serves created early in matches.  Taylor played 108 out of the 109 games, she served 95% for the season and had 58 aces; she had a 92% passer rating, 733 attacks with 202 kills as well as 375 digs and 4.5 blocks.

 


Junior, Christina Herrera received Honorable Mention honors.  Christina is a 3rd year varsity starter who played the dynamic and defensive middle hitter position.  Christina was the first line of defense against the best hitters the district had to offer and she did very well.  More importantly, Christina improved as a back court defender and server earning herself time in the back court.  Christina played in all 109 games, she served 86% and served 61 aces; she had 422 attacks 146 of those ended in kills and she led the team with 41.5 blocks.

 

 

 

 


Senior, Stephanie Sarmiento received Honorable Mention honors.  Stephanie is a 2nd year varsity player who was by far the most improved player on the team.  Stephanie played the setter position toward the end of the season last year and began this year ready to compete for a starting position.  Stephanie worked hard in the off season on her defense and the time paid off as she earned a defensive spot and never gave it up.  Stephanie was an integral part of the quick offense the team ran and many times her digs led directly to Yellowjacket points.  Stephanie played in 108 of the 109 games, she served 91% and had 49 service aces; she had a 90% passer rating where 41% of those passes were perfect passes and she had 227 digs.

 

 


The 21-5A District also recognizes those who maintained a 90% or above during the entire season.  Congratulations to the following ladies who earned Academic All-District Honors: seniors, Taylor Dearing, Anne Bamba, and Katera Johnson; juniors, Alana Perez, Christina Herrera, Angelica Torres, Jailene Salinas, Jossie Enriquez and MacKenzie Swanson.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - CROSBY

The Lady Jackets traveled east to Crosby, Texas for their final 2015 season match against the Cougars of Crosby High School. 


Freshman Team:
The freshman team battled through 3 sets to lose to Crosby 15-25, 25-23 and 17-25.  The young Lady Jackets have improved so much this season.  Leading the team on the net was Astrie Fuentes and anchoring the team with her all-around play was Jasmine Salinas.  The coaches are excited about working with these young ladies in the off season getting them ready to compete at the next level.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team owned Crosby in the last meeting but struggled to find a rhythm Tuesday night.  Crosby defeated GP in two sets 23-25 and 18-25.  Julia Vazquez came off the bench during critical situations in both games and made solid plays.  Yesenia Hidalgo also came off the bench and gave the Yellowjackets some momentum with her defensive play.  Captain and outside hitter, Jen Ramirez led the team with 5 kills and was the “rock” as always. 


Varsity Team:
The varsity team lost to Crosby 15-25, 19-25 and 20-25.  The Yellowjackets never seemed to get their offense rolling putting them on the defensive all night.  Passing difficulties and hitting errors plagued the team the entire match.  Despite the self-imposed obstacles, the team had a few bright spots; Katera Johnson played a fantastic game allowing season long setter MacKenzie Swanson an opportunity to hit.  MacKenzie capitalized on that opportunity by putting down 7 kills against Crosby’s defense.  The other bright spot was the back court play of middle hitter, Christina Herrera.  Christina has only played her defense while she was serving, but last night Tina played all 6 rotations and had a phenomenal night.  Coach Kellner was excited about her development and is looking forward to having her play all the way around next season.


On Deck:
The Lady Yellowjackets will be dedicating themselves to improving their skills, strength and speed as they head into their off season program.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - C.E. KING

The Lady Jackets hosted the Panthers of C.E. King for our final home game of the 2015 season.  The Lady Jackets also honored the time and support of our parents in a short recognition ceremony. 


Freshman Team:
The freshman team defeated the Panthers in a 3 game match of 18-25, 25-19, and 25-23.  Kylah Evans came off the bench and provided a spark for the Yellowjackets in game 2 and 3 with her stellar serving.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team also beat the Panthers in a 3 game match of 25-19, 21-25, and 25-15.  Alyssa Lopez led the team with 5 kills and Gloria Pulido’s all-around play earned her MVP honors for the night.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team defeated the Panthers in a quick 3 game match.  The scores were 25-21, 25-8, and 25-7.  Kudos to senior Katera Johnson as she had a fantastic serving game in both games 2 and 3; and she played solid defense and ran a quick offense in both games.  Senior, Taylor Dearing served 100% on the night and she served off 7 “rockets” for aces.  MacKenzie Swanson led the team in assists setting a perfect 6/6 all ending in kills in game 2, and she recorded a 58% attacker rating for the match.  Alana Perez again led the Jackets in kills with 10 kills and a single hitting error on the night.  Alana recorded a 53% attacker rating for the match and was perfect in both games 2 and 3.


On Deck:
All three teams will face Crosby High School on the road next Tuesday, October 27th.  The freshman will begin the evening at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - KINGWOOD PARK

The Lady Jackets played host to Kingwood Park High School Tuesday, October 20th on a night where the hard work and dedication of 4 amazing seniors was also recognized.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team tried to play aggressive but they struggled scoring off of our serve and struggled with the Kingwood Park attack.  The Yellowjackets lost in two games 15-25 and 19-25.  Laila Gonzalez and Mackenzie Dearing led the Yellowjackets with their serving while Adriauna Chatmon and Kim Gutierrez held down the backcourt defensively.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team played a solid game but failed to take advantage of the few opportunities the Panther’s made.  The Kingwood team is disciplined, skilled and fast which had the Yellowjackets on the defensive all night.  GP lost in two 17-25 and 14-25.  Gloria Pulido and Alyssa Lopez were the kill leaders with 2 each and Yesenia Hidalgo came off the bench and played solid defense.


Varsity Team:
The night began with a tribute to four of Galena Park’s best and brightest.  The Yellowjackets coaching staff, program, parents and fans recognized the 4 years of dedication from our seniors.  Katera Johnson, Stephanie Sarmiento, Anne Bamba, and Taylor Dearing are not only terrific volleyball players but they are outstanding students and role models.  The coaches are so proud to call them Yellowjackets!  Once the love and affection was out of the way GP stepped on the floor and performed well.  Kingwood Park beat GP in 3 games, but the Yellowjackets played well and gave nothing away.  Kingwood Park won 25-13, 25-21, and 25-16.  Junior, Alana Perez led the team with 9 kills and played a very smart game.  Senior, Taylor Dearing had 8 kills, had a perfect digging night and put down a block.  Junior, MacKenzie Swanson once again quarterbacked the team with her setting and calming presence.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets will host C.E. King Friday. October 23rd for their final home game.  The Lady Jackets wish to thank our parents for all their love and support between the varsity and JV games.  Please come and cheer on the Lady Jackets and applaud their parents Friday night.  The varsity game will begin at 4:30 pm followed by parent’s night recognition then the JV and freshman games.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - PORTER

On October 16th the Lady Jackets traveled to New Caney Porter High School to do battle against the Lady Spartans.  Unfortunately, the Spartans prevailed over all three teams.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team couldn’t seem to get themselves on track after waiting for the upper classmen to play.  They started off game one slow losing to the Spartans 9-25.  The young Yellowjackets battled in game 2 but hitting and defensive errors kept the team from building momentum and points.  The Spartans won game 2 as well by a score of 25-17.  Libero, Laila Gonzalez and setter Mackenzie Dearing were the players of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
In the last match up against Porter the JV team was the only team to put a check mark in the win column, and the team was determined to sweep Porter this season.  As the team loaded on the bus Eli Gallo (middle hitter) was called away as her mother went into labor.  The team wished her and her family well and headed north with a new game plan as Kim Osorio would have to fill in for Eli.  Kim did a fantastic job moving from the right side to the middle blocker position on short notice and no recent practice.  The Jackets fought tooth and nail but fell short in both games losing 23-25 and 27-29.  The ladies never gave up and played to win every point.  Coach Swanson was very proud of all of her young players.  Four players all had 4 kills on the night; Jen Ramirez, Gloria Pulido, Bailey Richey, and Stephanie Garcia.  Bailey Richey, Jen Ramirez and Kim Osorio earned MVP honors for the match.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team stepped on the floor with potential play off destiny in their hands, but alas the fates were not in the Yellowjackets favor as Porter won in 3 games.  Porter controlled the match from the first whistle to the last as GP suffered offensive and defensive miscues.  Porter won 25-21, 25-18, and 25-22.  Alana Perez led the team with 8 kills and setter, MacKenzie Swanson earned MVP accolades for the night.


On Deck:
The Lady Jackets will be at home next Tuesday, October 20th against Kingwood Park High School.  The freshman game will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and finally the varsity games.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - NEW CANEY

The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted the New Cane Eagles for our Homecoming game.  The Eagles came in wanting revenge for the 5 game loss they suffered earlier in the season, but Galena Park had other plans.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team battled in both of their games and came up with some big hits in crucial moments, but they just couldn’t seem to put it together for the entire match.  New Caney defeated GP 23-25 and 21-25.  Mackenzie Dearing made some spectacular plays on the net, on defense, and as setter.  Kyla Evans served well and played a solid all-around match.  Laila Gonzalez hit some crucial serves in game 2 that put GP within 3 points of the Eagles.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV battled hard in a 3 game loss to the Eagles.  They started off allowing the Eagles to take the first game 12-25.  In game two the Eagles went up quick on the Jackets and it looked like it might be a replay of game 1, but Jen Ramirez stepped back to serve with the score GP 12 to New Caney’s 19 and the tide began to turn.  Jen and Julia Vazquez served the Jackets back into the match and some gutsy play gave GP the 27-25 victory.  Galena Park won serve and started off game 3 in control, but some indecision and mental break downs let New Caney back into the match.  New Caney ended up with the 21-25 win but the Yellowjackets fought hard every point and played to win every point and that is what competition is about!  Junior, Stephanie Garcia led the team with 6 kills, and Stephanie and Eloisa Ruiz were the players of the game.


Varsity Team:
The last time GP competed against the Eagles, New Caney struggled with the hot serve of senior, Taylor Dearing so Coach Kellner strategically placed Taylor as the first server in each game.  The formula proved to be successful as Taylor served 21/21 on the night and put GP in control in every game.  Following Taylor was another power server in MacKenzie Swanson who served 30/31 on the night and had 11 aces.  Add that to the outstanding setting from MacKenzie, the “no ball hits the floor” defense by Taylor, the “every ball down your throat” hitting by Alana Perez, and the “not on my net” blocking by Christina Herrera and the equation equaled a VICTORY by GP.  Galena Park won game 1 25-18, game 2 25-22, lost game 3 28-30 and finished off the Eagles in game 4 by a 25-19 score.  Junior, Alana Perez led the team with 15 kills, followed by Taylor Dearing’s 12 kills and Christina Herrera’s 10 kills and 3.5 blocks.  Junior, MacKenzie Swanson had 43 assists out of 96 set attempts, 4 kills of her own and 23 digs.


On Deck:
Galena Park will be off next Tuesday but will be back in action next Friday, October 16th.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - HUMBLE

On October 6th the Lady Jacket volleyball program took the swarm on the road and annihilated the Wildcats in a 3 team sweep.


Freshman Team:
Humble High School hosted the young Yellowjackets in a loud and raucous gymnasium as the Wildcat fans were hoping for a feeding frenzy that was not to come.  The Lady Jackets quickly hushed the crowd as they defeated the Wildcats in a quick two game match.  The scores were 25-11 and 25-19.  Adriauna Chatmon had a solid game defensively at the cross court position and setter Giselle Marroquin again ran a quick and deadly offense.


Junior Varsity Team:
Despite a slow start and some serve receive errors early, the JV team managed to fight back and steal game 1 from the furry paws’ of the Wildcats.  Aggressive serving by Jen Ramirez put the Yellowjackets up and that was all it took to finish off the game 25-21.  Game 2 began with solid serving by Alyssa Lopez giving the Yellowjackets a solid 5 point lead and they just continued to build on that lead all game.  The Yellowjackets took the second game 25-13.  Gloria Pulido had another outstanding night on offense leading the team with 6 kills and another perfect attack game.  Players of the game were the setters, Shelby Loya and Bailey Richey who made fantastic decisions and kept the Wildcats on their heels all match.


Varsity Team:
Humble fell to GP earlier this season in 3 straight sets and had spent the interim time developing a new game plan.  Early in games one and two the plan didn’t seem to make much difference as spectacular passing by Jossie Enriquez, smart setting by MacKenzie Swanson and fantastic hitting by Anne Bamba and Alana Perez pushed GP to two 25-18 victories.  Game 3 started off with Breanna Garza putting GP up early with some solid serving, but Humble moved some hitters and changed their attack game which put GP behind and in a battle early.  A quick time-out by Coach Kellner and some defensive adjustments put GP back in the driver’s seat and the tide turned.  Galena Park ripped game 3 from the jaws of the Wildcats by a score of 25-21.  Alana Perez and Anne Bamba each put up 8 kills on the night.  Stephanie Sarmiento and Jossie Enriquez earned MVP honors with their outstanding defense and passing keeping the offense in system and on point.


 On Deck:

The Lady Jackets will host the New Caney Eagles this Friday, October 9th for Homecoming.  The Lady Eagles are out for blood as they lost a tough 5 game match to the Yellowjackets earlier this season.  Yellowjacket fans put on your mums and garters and come cheer on the Lady Jackets before you head over to the football game.  The varsity game will start at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and freshman games.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - DAYTON

The Lady Jackets traveled to Dayton High School for their second match-up against the Lady Broncos. 


Freshman Team:
The freshman team ended the evening with a huge 2 game battle that ended with a victorious Yellowjacket squad.  Game 1 was a point for point battle that went all the way to 30 and exhausted the Lady Jackets allotted substitutions.  Galena Park held on and defeated Dayton 30-28.  Game 2 was all Galena Park.  The young Yellowjackets took the momentum from the 1st win and rolled over the Broncos in game 2 by a score of 25-18.  Coach Isom credited the victory to an entire team effort with some exceptional play by Giselle Marroquin, Adriauna Chatmon, Kim Gutierrez, and Laila Gonzalez.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team started their night struggling as junior setter Shelby Loya was called for multiple lifts that stifled the Yellowjacket offense.  Shelby made adjustments as an experienced setter should, but the deficit was more than could be made up and the Jackets lost game 1 by a score of 16-25.  Game 2 was better as the team dealt with a mid-game adjustment to a 5-1 offense and battled to steal the 27-25 victory from the Broncos grip.  Captain, Jen Ramirez won the coin toss for game 3 giving GP first serve and momentum.  Game 3 was a tight game but every player did her job which resulted in a 25-22 Galena Park game 3 victory.  Coach Swanson selected the entire team for outstanding play honors as the victory took all 11 players.  Sophomore middle, Gloria Pulido played exceptionally well leading the team with 7 kills and 0 attack errors.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team stepped onto the floor for the 4:30 pm start, but never seemed to find any rhythm or energy.  Galena Park dropped the match to Dayton in 3 tight games of 23-25, 25-27, and 21-25.  Junior, Alana Perez managed to put down 11 kills and a big solo block despite not feeling well and spending most of game 1 and game 2 on the bench.  Stephanie Sarmiento played at a high level, communicated and played solid defense all evening.


On Deck:
Tuesday, October 6th the Lady Jackets will be traveling to Humble.  The freshmen have the early game at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and ending with the varsity.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - BARBERS HILL

The Barbers Hill Lady Eagles came to Galena Park this Tuesday evening for a second round district match-up.  The Eagles came into the night 8-0 with a high flying, big hitting offense.  Despite the power and speed the Lady Jackets managed to hold their own at the freshman, JV, and varsity level.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team began the night with a hard fought two game match.  The Eagles managed to take the victory, 25-17 and 25-20 but not without a fight.  The young Yellowjackets battled every point and made several outstanding plays ending some long rallies.  Mackenzie Dearing played an outstanding game controlling the offense with her setting decisions and attacking the opposing defense with her hitting.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost game one 25-20 after missing 5 serves in the set.  With the exception of those 5 missed opportunities to put points on the board, the Yellowjackets were playing point for point against the Eagles.  The Eagles controlled game 2 after the Yellowjackets committed too many unforced errors on offense.  Galena Park lost game 2 17-25.  Gloria Pulido, Eli Gallo, and Kimberly Osorio were the kill leaders with 2 kills each and Kimberly and Eli earned “Player of the Game” accolades as they kept themselves in the offense the entire match and made intelligent attacking decisions.


Varsity Team:
The last time the Yellowjackets faced off against the Eagles it was a shooting gallery with the backcourt defenders the ducks on the pond.  Barbers Hill pretty much hit wherever they wanted as the GP blockers struggled to find the Eagle hitters.  Tonight Barbers Hill saw a better prepared and a much improved Galena Park team.  Barbers Hill won the match in 3 sets 20-25, 16-25, and 9-25 but the level of play by the Yellowjackets impressed the Barbers Hill fans and coaching staff.  The defense was much improved at all levels and the speed and aggressiveness of the GP offense kept the Eagle hitters at bay.  Alana Perez was the kill leader with 8 kills and hit a perfect game in set 2.  Mackenzie Swanson ran the offense like a pro giving her hitters opportunities to place the ball on the floor.  Alana Perez kept the Eagle defense on their toes with her aggressive attacks.  Taylor Dearing and Jossie Enriquez stepped up and anchored the Lady Jackets with their big defensive plays and solid passing off serve.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back on the court at Dayton High School on Friday, October 2nd.  The varsity will be the opening game at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and then the freshman.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - CROSBY

On September 25th, the Lady Jackets hosted the Crosby Cougars in a contest to decide who will begin the second round of districts holding 4th place and a chance to move into playoffs.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team was coming off a Thursday night tournament with some confidence, some momentum, and a little fatigue.  Crosby took it to GP in game 1 controlling the game and winning 25-14.  Then the Lady Jackets found a rhythm and battled hard to take game 2 25-22.  Game 3 was a back and forth, point for point battle to the end with Crosby edging out the Yellowjackets by a score of 25-23.  Setter, Giselle Marroquin was the player of the game and Jasmine Montemayor was the team mate of the game.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team played a terrific game Friday night.  The team was in control from the first whistle until the last.  The JV team played a complete game as a complete team with all 11 players contributing.  GP defeated Crosby in 2 games of 25-17 and 25-17.  Sophomore, Jen Ramirez was the kill leader with 5 kills and the entire team earned players of the game honors. 


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started the night with a gym full of fans sporting their black and gold, and some very cute mini-foam fingers.  Game 1 and 2 started with strong offense by GP as we took the lead in both games, but errors serving and on the net gave Crosby opportunities and the Lady Cougars capitalized on the GP errors.  Crosby came back and defeated the Jackets 25-23 in game 1 and 26-24 in game 2.  Game 3 started off with a huge hit by junior, Alana Perez that was called off by the R-2 who seemed to see a net violation that just didn’t happen.  The Lady Jackets bounced right back feeding Alana again for another kill.  The Yellowjackets battled every point, but the errors were just too much to overcome and Crosby won in the 3rd 25-20.  Junior, Alana Perez was the kill leader with 8 kills and junior, Jossie Enriquez earned player of the game honors with her solid defense and passing off serve.  The Lady Jackets want to thank all the fans that came to support them Friday night.  It was awesome to play in a gym so loud and electric.  We are still in the playoff hunt and hope to continue to see huge crowds at our games.


On Deck:
All three teams will play Barbers Hill, Tuesday, September 29th at Galena Park High School.  The freshman will begin the night at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity teams.

 

 

GAME ARCHIVES

 

GAME UPDATE - C.E. KING

The Lady Jackets got back into the win column this Tuesday night in the beautiful new facility at C.E. King High School.


Freshman Team:
The freshman set the tone of the evening by systematically dismantling the Panther game plan with a 25-17, 25-22 victory!  This was a much needed win as the youngsters have been struggling to find their identity.  They played solid all night with fantastic speed and team play on every point.  Middle hitters, Astrie Fuentes and Destiny Morales totally dominated on the net both defensively and offensively earning them “Player of the Game” honors.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team came out on fire in game 1, crushing the C.E. King team 25-10 behind the 11 point serving run of Bailey Richey.  Game 2 should have been a repeat of game 1, but the Yellowjackets played sloppy and slow allowing King to take a the lead and keep the lead.  C.E. King forced the match to a 3rd game with a 17-25 win in game 2.  Game 3 started off slowly as GP missed some early serves, but some solid serving by Gloria Pulido and smart plays by the setters allowed GP to pull away and finish off the match with a 25-18 game 3 win.  Kill leaders for the night were Jen Ramirez and Eli Gallo with 5 kills each, and Bailey Richey earned MVP honors with her serving and setting decisions as did Eli Gallo with her all around solid play.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team made quick work of the Panthers defeating them in 3 games of 25-9, 25-17, and 25-14.  Aggressive serving by Taylor Dearing and MacKenzie Swanson early in the games gave GP a cushion to work with against a much taller C.E. King team.  Junior, Christina Herrera had a huge night on the net showing her team and the competition that she is a force to be reckoned with.  It was an all-around great team win as everyone stepped on the floor and contributed.  Juniors, Jailene Salinas, Breanna Garza and Angelica Torres all came off the bench and contributed to the win as did senior, Katera Johnson.  Christina Herrera was the kill leader with 8 kills out of 16 attempts and only 1 hitting error.  Christina also led the team with 2.5 blocks and she got 3 digs earning her MVP honors for the night.


On Deck:
All three teams will face Crosby High School at home this Friday, September 25th.  The varsity will play the early game at 4:30 pm and is currently tied with Crosby in district play.  The Lady Jackets want all our fans to come out strong a support the team this Friday night helping us push passed the Cougars for a solid 3rd place standing in district.  We will also be handing out mini-foam fingers for all those attending the game.  Come and support these ladies as they make Galena Park proud!

 

 

GAME UPDATE - NEW CANEY PORTER

The Lady Jackets traveled to Kingwood Park High School Friday, September 18th to do battle with the Lady Panthers.  Unfortunately, the night would belong to the Panthers as none of the Yellowjackets’ teams performed well.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team failed to get anything going as Kingwood Park dominated GP from the serving line.  Galena Park lost the match in two games 5-25 and 3-25 putting forth very little fight against the Panthers.  Jasmine Montemayor came off the bench and provided a bit of a spark with some good digs and she made her serve over the net.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV fell behind early in game 1 but battled back to tie the game behind the serving and backcourt defense of sophomore, Eli Gallo.  Despite Eli’s play and an outstanding dig off a huge hit by Eloisa Ruiz, the Yellowjackets couldn’t keep Kingwood Park out of system and K. Park won game 1 25-18.  Game 2 was a horrible step backwards as Kingwood Park earned a point on side out and served GP into the ground.  Galena Park lost game 2 3-25 only serving twice in the game.  Sophomores, Eli Gallo and Jen Ramirez were the kill leaders with 2 kills each and Eli Gallo was the player of the game.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team suffered the same hardships as the freshman and JV teams; they couldn’t seem to pass well enough to run a quick tempo offense.  Galena Park had a sub-par performance off serve and on defense keeping their setter running all over the floor and giving Kingwood too many free-balls.  Kingwood Park used those opportunities to pick apart the Yellowjacket blockers and defenders taking the match in 3 games with scores of 16-25, 7-25, and 14-25.  Despite the tough week, the Lady Jackets remain at .500 in district and are still very much in the mix for a playoff berth. 


On Deck:
All three teams will be back in action Tuesday, September 22nd at C.E. King High School and again at home Friday, September 25th.  The freshman game starts at 4:30 pm at C.E. King High School and the varsity game will start at 4:30 pm on Friday against Crosby.  The football game next week is not until Saturday and the Lady Jacket Volleyball program will be handing out mini-foam fingers Friday night at the game.  Come get you a finger or two and support the Lady Jackets in this crucial home match against the Cougars.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - NEW CANEY PORTER

The Lady Jackets hosted the New Caney Porter Spartans in their 5th district game of the young season.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team struggled to get anything started against the Lady Spartans.  The Yellowjackets lost to Porter in two games by scores of 13-25 and 15-25.  The players of the game were Cristal Reyna and Gisel Marroquin.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV dominated the Spartans making up for their less than stellar performance last week against New Caney.  The team played quick, defended staunchly, hit hard, and served deadly all match.  The game started with Galena Park serving an ace from Alyssa Lopez and GP never looked back.  Galena Park rolled over the Spartans in game one by a score of 25-11.  Game 2 showcased a battle as Porter took a 1 point lead late in the game, but the Yellowjackets stayed focused and hungry putting ball after ball down.  With Porter up 23-23 Coach Swanson made a strategic substitution putting setter Bailey Richey in on the front row.  Porter would win the next serve on a setting error by Bailey, but she remained undeterred and set the next ball perfectly which ended in a Yellowjacket kill and side-out.  Then Bailey stepped back to serve with the game tied 24-24.  Bailey served the first point hard taking Porter out of system and giving GP the point.  Then she served the final serve for an ace as GP defeated Porter 26-24.  The kill leader for the game was Jen Ramirez with 7 kills and the player of the game was Bailey Richey whose aggressive serving kept the Spartans out of system all night.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team stepped on the floor with the intention of proving to Porter the Galena Park is a force to be reckoned with.  Last year Porter dominated the Yellowjackets, but that was the past and the new Yellowjackets have the skills and the players to compete with the best in this district.  Galena Park began game 1 with senior, Taylor Dearing starting the game off with some aggressive serves.  GP took the early lead and never relinquished it beating Porter 25-14.  Game 2 and 3 were both Porter’s games as Galena Park failed to get the offense in system and suffered too many errors.  Porter won game 2 25-19 and game 3 25-18.  The Lady Jackets came out in game 4 with some desire and fought hard to rip game 4 from the Spartans by a 25-22 score.  The match fell to the deciding game 5 and Galena Park again had Taylor Dearing back serving.  Porter would earn the side-out and take the lead never giving it back.  Galena Park fell to Porter after a scrappy battle by a score of 15-10.  The kill leader for the match was senior, Anne Bamba and the player of the game was junior, MacKenzie Swanson.


On Deck:

All three teams will be back in action Friday, September 18th at Kingwood Park High School.  The varsity team will start the night with the 4:30 pm game time followed by the JV and then the varsity.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - NEW CANEY

The Galena Park Lady Jackets took their volleyball show and 2-1 district record on the road Tuesday, September 8th to face the Eagles of New Caney.

 
Freshman Team:
The freshman team started the night on fire as they took the early lead in game one behind the 8 consecutives serves of Jasmine Salinas.  However, the Eagles maintained composure and fought back into the game as off passing and hitting errors by the Jackets.  Despite the early lead, Galena Park lost game 1 by a score of 20-25.  Galena Park again took control in game 2 and again the serving of Jasmine Salinas was key.  This time GP never relinquished control and won the second game 25-19.  New Caney took early control in game 3, but aggressive net play by Astrie Fuentes and Mackenzie Dearing put GP in a position to pull out the win.  Alas, it was not to be, New Caney made some crucial plays in the last few points of the game and won 25-23.  Jasmine Salinas earned player of the game honors with her aggressive and consistent serving.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team struggled finding their rhythm all night against the Lady Eagles.  Game 1 was all New Caney as they served themselves to a 25-12 win.  Game 2 was a better showing for GP, but not enough to pull the Lady Jackets from their volleyball woes.  New Caney won game 2 by a score of 25-20.  Sophomore, Gloria Pulido led the Yellowjackets with 6 kills and sophomore, Eli Gallo earned player of the game honors with her perfect attacker rating and her 2 big kills in game 2.


Varsity Team:
Last year New Caney defeated Galena Park in both district matches and the Lady Jackets have been carrying that bitter taste of defeat around for a year and Tuesday night VICTORY was sweet!  The Yellowjackets rolled over the Eagles in game 1 defeating New Caney 25-13 behind the aggressive serving of senior, Taylor Dearing and the quick offense led by the setting of MacKenzie Swanson.  The Yellowjackets switched sides and fell into a funk as New Caney switched their game plan.  New Caney took game 2 25-21.  Game 3 was once again the Taylor serving show as she made the supposed defense specialist of New Caney look silly.  GP took game 3 25-21.  Game 4 was all New Caney (25-17) as GP had too many service and hitting errors to finish.  With the match tied a 2 games each the Lady Jackets and Lady Eagles were set for the 5th and deciding game.  New Caney opted to receive and choose the side they wanted leaving Galena Park with the serve and Dearing behind the service line with the ball.  Game 5 was epic, GP lost the first point on side-out but fought right back to earn the next serve and battled to a 15-7 victory.  Junior outside-hitter, Alan Perez was the kill leader with 22 kills and the entire team earned MVP honors.  It was truly a team victory!


On Deck:

All three teams will be off this Friday but back in action Tuesday, September 15th versus New Caney Porter High School.  The freshman game starts at 4:30 pm followed by a 5:30 pm JV start and a 6:30 pm varsity start and all games will be played at Galena Park High School.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - SANTE FE

The Yellowjacket varsity volleyball team competed in the Santa Fe Labor Day Tournament this last weekend.  It was a long week for the Lady Jackets as they played 3 matches on Thursday, September 3rd, 1 match Friday night, and another 2 matches Saturday.  At times the level of concentration and play looked very zombie like, but as the tournament progressed play improved.  The Yellowjackets lost their first game to district foe, Crosby in 3 games, then won the next two matches against Sam Rayburn and Humble.  Saturday morning began with an early morning match against Pasadena that ended with a GP victory and a spot on the winner’s side of the bracket.  The final game of the day was against Lamar High School.  The battle was a hard fought 3 game match that Lamar won in the end.  Despite some inconsistent play the Yellowjackets came from behind and nearly took the match.  Junior, Breanna Garza played the libero position Saturday and had a stellar day.  Junior, Alana Perez led the team in just about every statistic with the exception of assists and serving. 

 

 

GAME UPDATE - HUMBLE

On September 4th the Lady Jacket’s hosted the Wildcats of Humble for the second match up in less than 24 hours. 


Freshman Team:
The freshman team began their game a bit shaky giving Humble a 6 point head start, but then middle hitter, Astrie Fuentes stepped back to serve and the tide turned.  Astrie served GP back into the game and gave the Yellowjackets the lead behind 7 aces.  GP won game 1, 25-20 and then dominated Humble in game 2 with a fiery offense and aggressive serving.  Galena Park won game 2, 25-12 and won the match in 2 games.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV began their game slow and confused as two players were out for the night’s game.  Humble won the first game 24-26 after the Yellowjackets gave up a lead.  After an offensive switch in game 2 GP came out with more energy and fight taking the game 25-15 led by the aggressive serving of Jen Ramirez and Gloria Pulido.  Game 3 was a re-run of game 2 as GP defeated Humble 25-15 again taking the game and the match.  Sophomore, Gloria Pulido was the kill leader with 6 kills.  Sophomore, Kim Osorio’s dominating play at the net in games 2 and 3 earned her player of the game honors.  Junior, Eloisa Ruiz was in complete control of the defensive backcourt in games 2 and 3 also earning her player of the game honors.


Varsity Team:
Galena Park played Humble on the 3rd at the Santa Fe Labor Day Tournament beating them after struggling with the very athletic and very big block that Humble put up.  Friday night would be a re-match of Thursday’s battle.  The game began with Galena Park struggling to get an offense that worked against the imposing net play of the Wildcats.  After two key timeouts by Coach Kellner and some aggressive serving by the Lady Jackets GP was able to pull off the 25-22 victory.  Game 2 and 3 were all Galena Park.  Humble still slowed the Yellowjacket offense down some, but not enough to keep points off the board.  Aggressive serving by junior, MacKenzie Swanson and all around solid play of senior Taylor Dearing forced the Wildcats into a corner they couldn’t escape.  Juniors, Jailene Salinas, Breanna Garza, and Angelica Torres came off the bench bringing some fire to game 3.  Galena Park defeated Humble in game 2 by a score of 25-12 and game 3 by a 25-15 score.  Taylor Dearing was the kill leader with 7 kills and she led the team defensively with 15 digs earning her co-player of the game honors along with MacKenzie Swanson.  MacKenzie served 22/22 with 7 service aces, had a perfect attack percentage and had 17 assists.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back in action Tuesday, September 8th at New Caney High School.  The freshman will play the 4:30 pm game followed by the JV and the varsity teams.  This will be the only game next week as Friday is the Lady Jacket’s bye date.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - DAYTON

The Lady Jackets hosted the Dayton Broncos, September 1st and earned their first district victory.


Freshman Team:
With a significant host of fans in the stands the freshman team started off the evening with a 2 game victory of the Broncos of Dayton.  The game started with some aggressive serving by Mackenzie Dearing putting the Yellowjackets up 5-0 early.  After some changes in serve the Dayton team was able to string together a serving run of their own taking back the lead.  The Yellowjackets remained undaunted and played every point hard as they stole game 1 with a 25-22 victory.  Game 2 started with Dayton running off a few serves, but GP sided out and held serve.  The game continued in a back and forth manner until 21-21 when Galena Park took control and finished off the Broncos 25-23.  Coach Isom gave post-game kudos to the entire team as everyone played exceptional.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team came started a little rocky for GP as missed serves plagued the team early.  The lack of focus put the Broncos up by 6 but after two early time outs the Lady Jackets were able to manifest offense and fought back to at 22-21 lead that quickly yielded a 25-22 win for GP.  Both team traded serves early in game 2 until outside hitter Jen Ramirez rotated back serving off 5 straight points that gave Galena Park the lead that was never relinquished.  The Lady Jackets hold off Dayton 25-21 taking the match in two games.  Sophomore, Jen Ramirez was the kill leader with 5 kills while junior, Shelby Loya earned player of the game honors with her offensive decision making.


Varsity Team:
Last year Dayton beat Galena Park both times, but this is not last year and this is NOT last year’s team.    Game 1 started off with a bang as setter, MacKenzie Swanson served some rockets that rocked the Dayton passers to the core.  Tremendous passing, digging, blocking, setting, and attacking made quick work of Dayton as they fell 25-18.  Game 2 was much like game 1 as aggressive serving by Swanson and Alana Perez as well as Alana’s nearly perfect passing game had the team running hot.  Despite a mid-game scare as middle hitter Destine Skinner twisted her ankle the team and Destinie managed to find a Zen state and finish game two 25-17.  Game 3 was a sloppy game as GP struggled with consistency and Dayton seemed to dig up everything.  Even with the lull, GP managed to stay in the game and after falling behind 21-23 the team battled back behind the clutch serving of MacKenzie who served off 3 aces in a row the final of which scored the game winning point.  GP won game 3 25-23, won the match in 3, and won their first district game.


On Deck:
The varsity team will be back in action at Santa Fe High School for the Santa Fe Labor Day Tournament.  The first tournament game will be Thursday, September 3rd at 9:40 am against Crosby High School.  The entire Lady Jacket program will be back on the floor hosting Humble High School Friday, September 5th.  The varsity will play the 4:30 pm game followed by the JV team and then the freshman team.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - BARBERS HILL

On August 28th, the Lady Jackets traveled east to Barbers Hill High School for the first district match of the 2015 season.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team played last and epitomized the phrase “save the best for last”.  The freshman battled in a point for point game 1 that the Eagles ended up winning 27 to 25.  Then the Lady Jackets battled back from a deficit to tie game 2 at 16 – 16 and fought hard, but lost the 2nd game 19-25.  The young Jackets played amazing.  They were communicating, attacking, serving strong, and they hustled.  The entire team gets a smiley face from Coach Isom.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost to Barbers Hill in 2 games, 12 – 25 and 9 – 25.  The score doesn’t really tell the story, as the JV girls had some brief moments of greatness.  Consistency and defensive errors just kept the ladies from ever putting together multiple points.  Juniors, Eloisa Ruiz and Stephanie Garcia played well and were the leaders of the young team.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team started off the evening determined to show Barbers Hill they could compete.  However, Barbers Hill proved to be more than the Yellowjacket’s blockers could handle.  The Lady Jackets competed hard but the Eagle’s attackers were disciplined and skilled at finding holes in the blocking and the defense.  Barbers Hill took the match in 3 games, 25 – 17, 25 – 17, and 25 – 9.  As disappointing as it was to be handed the first district loss, the Lady Jackets will look at the match as a learning experience and work to improve on the exposed weaknesses.  Sophomore, Destinie Skinner led the team with 6 kills and setter MacKenzie Swanson was the player of the game.


On Deck:
All three teams will be back on our home court against the Broncos of Dayton High School.  The freshman match will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity matches.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - GALVESTON BALL

On August the 25th the Lady Jackets faced off against the Tors of Galveston Ball for an epic battle.  The Yellowjackets managed to withstand the hurricane force winds the Tors brought and defeated Ball in 5 games.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team had their first game after a full day of school and sadly they didn’t fare well.  Both games began with Ball and GP trading points but the Yellowjackets just couldn’t stay focused.  Ball defeats GP 25-19 and 25-14.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team came out and dominated the Tors in game one beating Ball 25-14.  In game two the Tors found their service groove and made some plays on defense keeping the Jacket’s offense at bay.  Despite some strong serving and some positive moments Ball took game two 25-18.  The offensive struggle in game two was compounded in game three and GP never really took control.  Ball wins the match by beating GP in game three by a score of 20-25.  Sophomore, Gloria Pulido was the player of the game and the kill leader with 5 kills.


Varsity Team:

The varsity team played like they were Ray Lewis in his final Super Bowl!  They had decided to win and were leaving everything on the floor.  Galveston Ball started game one with serve and a perfect pass, quick set and kill gave GP the ball and a point on side out.  From that point on, game one was a clinic of quick offense, smart defense, and aggressive net play by the Jackets.  GP wins 25-16.  Game two was a back and forth contest that Ball won by a score of 26-24.  Galena Park replayed the winning side-out from game one to begin game three and made quick work of ball winning 25-19.  Game four ends up being a replay of game two as Ball battles back and wins 25-23.  That brought the match down to game five to 15.  This was the first five game match of the young season and the Lady Jackets were prepared.  The six long, hot weeks of speed and strength camp paid off as the Jackets defeat Ball 15-13.  The Lady Jackets served 100%, had only 1 attack error, and 11 kills in the final game.  This was a complete team effort, no one player stood above her team mate; instead they each held her team mate up so the team could relish in victory.  Junior, Alana Perez and sophomore, Destinie Skinner both had 11 kills.


On Deck:
The Yellowjackets will travel to Barbers Hill this Friday, August 28th for their first district match.  The coaching staff is excited to build on the pre-season success and Tuesday’s win at an always tough Barbers Hill.  We are building a winning culture and invite all our fans to join us in SUCCESS!  The varsity team will play first at 4:30 with the JV and freshman games following.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - PASADENA

The Yellowjacket volleyball team traveled south to Dickinson for part two of the Dickinson Invitational Tournament Saturday, August 22nd.  The Yellowjackets were placed into a bracket based on Thursday’s standings and began the morning with a 9:00 am match against a district foe.


Bracket Match 1 versus Humble High School:
The morning began with a look at district opponent, Humble.  The Lady Jackets played with poise and focus making quick work of the very inconsistent Humble team.  GP won in 2 games with scores of 25-11 and 25-6.


Bracket Match 2 versus Alief Taylor:
The momentum from the earlier match was carried right into the 12:00 pm match where GP defeated Alief Taylor in 2 games as well.  The game scores were 25-17 and 25-13.  This placed GP in the championship game.


Bracket Match 3 versus Texas City:
The championship game of the GP bracket was against an old rival from Texas City.  Three years ago both Texas City and Galena Park had young teams loaded with freshman, so we were anxious to match those now juniors against Texas City’s juniors.  Unfortunately, Texas City prevailed as GP just couldn’t score points on serve.  The offense grinded to a halt and TC simply put more balls down then GP did.  Galena Park lost 17-25 and 22-25 taking home the 2nd place plaque from our bracket.


Player of the day was setter and one of those juniors, MacKenzie Swanson.  MacKenzie was 30/30 serving with 9 aces, she had 18 digs, was 20/22 attacking with 13 kills and a 55% attacker rating, she had 1.5 blocks and 34 assists.  Junior, Breanna Garza stepped off the bench in crucial moments passing well and serving well for the Yellowjackets.

 

 

 

GAME UPDATE - PASADENA

Last Friday evening the Yellowjackets made the short trip through the Washburn Tunnel to Pasadena High School for a battle against the Eagles.  When the night was over all that was left of the Eagles were feathers.


Freshman Team:
The freshman team started the attack with a two game victory over Pasadena.  The team was aggressive, cohesive and victorious over Pasadena 25-19 and 25-16.!  Every player who stepped on the floor made a contribution in some way and the team looked confident and strong.  Freshman, Destiny Morales played a superb game 1 dominating the net and tallying blocks, attacks, and kills next to her name.  Jasmine Salinas also played solid throughout the match.  She served well, played solid defense and was a quiet force on the net.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team was on fire in game 1 of their Friday match up.  Sophomore, Alyssa Lopez started the team off with 8 quick points off of serve.  Then Shelby Loya placed the ball in her hitters’ hands and the rest was history.  GP wins game 1 25-10.  Game 2 was won by Pasadena (25-20) as hitting errors and poor decisions slowed the Yellowjacket offense and allowed the Eagles to go on the attack.  In between games the Jackets re-hydrated and re-grouped finding the aggression and focus of game 1.  The Yellowjackets held off a late surge by Pasadena to win the game 25-15 and take the victory.  Player of the game was junior, Shelby Loya whose decision making as the setter was on point allowing the offense to make some big plays.  Sophomore, Jen Ramirez was the kill leader with 8 kills.


Varsity Team:
The stage was now set for a battle between a veteran GP team and a young, scrappy Eagle team.  Galena Park started off with some strong serving by MacKenzie Swanson and Tina Herrera, but the feisty Eagles managed to battle back in with some strong serving of their own.  The game continued to go back and forth with both teams hustling all over the floor; finally the Yellowjackets took the reins and finished off the game 25-23.  Game 2 was all Pasadena as they built a 20-11 lead before Coach Swanson (interim coach for the match) called a time out and reminded the Jackets that they are a team with focus, skill, and lethality which needed  to be imposed on the opposing team.  Coming out of the time out Angelica Torres was substituted for Taylor Dearing and the tables turned.  GP sided out making the score 20-12 and junior Alana Perez stepped back to serve, and serve she did!  Alana served off 8 serves, 3 of which were aces to put GP back in the contest.  Pasadena didn’t know what hit them as the Lady Jackets stole the game 25-22.  Now GP had momentum and smelled the blood; the Eagles were simply too wounded to battle any longer.  Alana Perez ran off another 6 serves and the GP machine just ran over the Eagles winning 25-15.  Kudos to juniors, Angelica Torres and Breanna Garza who came off the bench in tight situations and they were clutch!  Player and kill leader of the game was Alana Perez.  Alana was 22/22 serving, had 4 aces, had 18 digs, was 26/27 attacking with 10 kills, and she recorded 16 passes off serve.


On Deck:
The Yellowjackets will be at home Tuesday, August 25th against Galveston Ball High School.  The freshman match begins at 4:30 followed by the JV then the varsity matches.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - DICKINSON TOURNAMENT

The Yellowjacket volleyball team traveled south to Dickinson for the Dickinson Invitational Tournament Thursday, August 20th.  This tournament is a huge tournament with 40 teams and 7 courts playing all day.  The Lady Jackets got their first look at some very high caliber teams.


Match 1 versus Friendswood High School:
The Lady Jackets began the tournament playing the always skilled and talented Friendswood.  Game 1 was atrocious as GP couldn’t get anything to work losing 5-25.  In game 2 the Jackets stepped on the floor with some determination and a great deal more energy and battled with Friendswood, but just couldn’t defend their quick offense consistently.  Friendswood took game 2 25-17.  Junior, Breanna Garza came off the bench adding a spark to a struggling serve receive game while junior, Jossie Enriquez stepped up in the backcourt digging well in both games.


Match 2 versus Nederland High School:
Match 2 against Nederland was hardly worth the effort it took to tie shoes.  GP played flat, quiet, and slow dropping both games 12-25 and 16-25.  The bright spot of the game was sophomore, Destinie Skinner’s aggressive net play earning her 4 kills and a perfect attack rating for the game.


Match 3 versus South Houston:
After waiting nearly 80 minutes for the final match to start GP finished the day with a 2 game win over South Houston.  Game 1 was much closer than it should have been as GP struggled putting the Trojans away, but prevailed with a 26-24 win.  When game 2 began GP finally played a complete game defeating South Houston 25-13.  Juniors, Alana Perez and MacKenzie Swanson made some unbelievable defensive plays that resulted from pure hustle and guts.  Junior, Tina Herrera had a phenomenal serving game going 9/9 with 2 aces.


On Deck:
Galena Park will be back at Dickinson, Saturday August 22nd for the second round of bracket play.

 

 

GAME UPDATEW _ MANVEL

On August 18th the Lady Jackets hosted Manvel High School for their second home game of the young 2015 season.  Manvel is a big, fast, and aggressive team but the Lady Jackets didn’t back down from the challenge.

 

Freshman Team:
The freshman team struggled early as some aggressive jump serving by Manvel threw the young Jackets for a loop.  The young team found some moments of success, but just couldn’t put together enough consistent passes to compete.  The freshman team lost to Manvel 7-25 and 16-25.  Astrie Fuentes was the player of the game as she stayed aggressive on the net throughout the match.


Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team lost to Manvel in 2 games by scores of 10-25 and 13-25.  The scores don’t speak for the level of play that happened on the floor.  GP had several solid blocks, took Manvel out of system many times, and attacked the ball well, but GP simply failed to remain consistent.  Junior, Stephanie Garcia was the player of the game as she controlled the net on defense with her superb blocking.  Sophomore, Bailey Richey led the team in kills with 3.


Varsity Team:
The varsity played a stellar game 1 controlling the tempo of the game from the whistle.  Manvel attempted to intimidate the Jackets but we were not having it taking them 25-22 in game 1.  Game 2 was an exact replica of game 1 except Manvel was able to pull away from a 22-22 tie to beat GP 22-25.  Then games 3 and 4 were all Manvel as their size and speed proved too much for our defense.  They took game 3 11-25 and game 4 10-25.  Junior, Alana Perez was the kill leader with 8 kills and anchored the defense with 14 digs earning her co-player of the game accolades.  Alana’s partner as co-player was junior MacKenzie Swanson who served 100% on the night and ran down every ball to put a set up for her offense.  She ended the match with 88 set attempts and 18 assists.


On Deck:

The varsity will be playing at the Dickinson Tournament Thursday, August 20th with a tournament opener versus Friendswood High School.  Then all three teams will travel to Pasadena High School Friday, August 21st and the varsity will be back at Dickinson on Saturday the 22nd.

 

 

GAME UPDATE - HUFFMAN TOURNEY

The Lady Yellowjacket varsity team competed in the Huffman Volleyball Tournament the 13th and 15th of August.  The tournament proved to be a good measure of where the Yellowjackets want to be when district play begins.


Pool Match 1 versus LCM:
The Lady Jackets began the tournament playing LCM in their first pool match.  The match went 3 games, with the Lady Jackets clenching the victory 25-21, 22-25, and 25-21.  Junior, MacKenzie Swanson was the player of the game with her 5 service aces, 14 digs, 4 kills, and 20 assists.  Junior, Alana Perez led the team with aggressive net play and 13 kills.


Pool Match 2 versus Caney Creek:
GP came out strong in the second match against Caney Creek defeating them 25-17 in game 1, but struggled with passing and hitting errors in games 2 and 3.  Caney Creek wins games 2 and 3 25-17 in both games.


Pool Match 3 versus Danbury:
Galena Park dominated Danbury finishing them off in 2 games of 25-20 and 25-13.  Junior, MacKenzie Swanson started the match with strong serving setting the tone for the rest of the team.  Senior, Taylor Dearing was the most consistent attacker for the match and junior, Alana Perez controlled the game with outstanding defense.


Bracket Match 1 versus Huffman High School:
The Lady Jackets began their bracket play on Saturday, August 15th against Huffman.  Huffman is a strong team and the Yellowjackets were out for revenge from last year’s defeat.  A slow start and poor passing on serve receive led to a 17-25 loss to Huffman in game 1.  The Jackets then battled back into game two behind the strong serving of juniors, MacKenzie Swanson and Tina Herrera to tie the game 24-24.  Despite opportunities to steal the victory the Lady Jackets fell short losing 27-29 in game 2.  Junior, Alana Perez had 13 digs in the match and stellar serve receive stats while Tina’s confidence and attacking earned her player of the game honors.


Bracket Match 2 versus Channelview High School:

GP took game 1 of the second match of Saturday’s play with a 25-17 victory, but fell in game two after inconsistent play hindered the offense.  The Yellowjackets battled valiantly in game 3 but lost a tight game 24-26.  Juniors, Tina Herrera and MacKenzie Swanson had solid performances throughout the match and sophomore, Destinie Skinner rocked the opponent with 5 solo block and 2 assist blocks for the match.


Bracket Match 3 versus Orangefield High School:
The final match of the tournament was against a much bigger Orangefield team.  The Lady Jackets battled hard but lost game 1 after being plagued by passing errors.  The Jackets traded points in game 2 finally capping off the victory with a score of 26-24.  GP left it all on the floor in game 3 putting the Orangefield team away with a 25-21 victory.  Setter, MacKenzie Swanson controlled the offense with great decisions allowing GP to be aggressive throughout the game.  Senior, Taylor Dearing played outstanding late in the game showing her leadership.  MacKenzie was the player of the game with 10 service aces, 15 digs, 2 kills and 11 assists.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Victorious in Pasadena Tourney

The junior varsity Lady Jacket volleyball team competed in part 2 of the Pasadena ISD JV Tournament this Saturday, August 15th.  Despite a rocky start the Lady Jackets managed to find their groove and take 3rd place.


Bracket Match 2 versus Pasadena High School:
Just like Thursday morning the Yellowjackets found themselves across the net from a scrappy Pasadena team.  Game 1 of the match was a back and forth contest showcasing solid defensive play from both teams.  However, defense just wouldn’t be enough as the Eagles pulled away beating GP 25-22 in the first game.  The second game was all Pasadena as GP never found any rhythm losing to the Eagles 15-25 and moving into the consolation bracket against a big and strong La Porte team.


Bracket Match 3 versus La Porte High School:
The Bulldogs of La Porte were big, strong, and seemed very fast which set the stage for an ultimate “David versus Goliath” showdown.  In Game 1, GP took the floor playing the role of David stepping out against the Philistines.  Unlike the biblical version of the story David didn’t fare so well losing to La Porte 14-25 without even making the other team work hard.  In between games, the small but fierce Yellowjackets gathered their stones and regrouped preparing to give La Porte a fight.  Galena Park shot out to an early 10-1 lead and battled off a late surge by the Bulldogs to win game 2  25-18.  Game 3 was another knock down drag out as both teams exchanged points but in the end GP played with more heart and determination beating La Porte 25-23 and won the 3rd place trophy.


GP had several players that performed extraordinary throughout the day.  Sophomore, Bailey Richey was the player of the day with her 30/30 serving, 7 aced serves, and 6 kills.  Helping out Bailey with experience and aggressive net play was junior, Stephanie Garcia who also had 6 kills and 21 attacks with only a single hitting error.  The rest of the team played well, it was truly a team victory with all 11 players contributing mightily.


On Deck:
GP will be back on the hardwood next Tuesday, August 18th hosting Manvel.  The freshman match starts at 4:30 pm followed immediately by the JV and the varsity matches.

 

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Travels to Pasadena

The Lady Yellowjacket junior varsity team traveled across the ship channel to Pasadena to compete in the Pasadena ISD JV Tournament at Sam Rayburn High School.  The pool games were played Thursday, August 13th and GP made a statement coming out of their pool in 2nd after losing a tie-breaker decision to Pasadena by 1 point.


Pool Match 1 versus Pasadena High School:
Tournament pool matches are only played to 15 and only two games are played regardless of the outcome.  It was difficult for both the players and the coach to adjust to the rules early resulting in a tight contest between the Eagles and the Jackets.  Galena Park won the first game 15-13 after relinquishing a lead and having to battle back into the game.  Game two was just a re-run of the first game as GP took the lead only to let Pasadena fight back into the game.  Pasadena pulled out the win 16-14 in the 2nd game.


Pool Match 2 versus Alvin High School:
Pool match 2 pitted the Yellowjackets of Alvin against the Yellowjackets of Galena Park.  The GP ladies were certain that any Yellowjacket team that is burnt orange and white has no business on the floor with “real” Yellowjackets!  The problem was no one told Alvin they aren’t real Yellowjackets.  Game 1 was a back and forth contest that ended with Galena Park finishing off Alvin 20-19 as we reached the scoring cap first.  Alvin just didn’t have anything left in the tank after game 1 and GP made quick work of those ugly orange Jackets winning 15-6.


Pool Match 3 versus LaMarque:
A very green LaMarque team put forth a valiant effort, but just couldn’t create a consistent offense or defense.  In the end, GP made quick work of LaMarque defeating them in 2 games with scores of 15-4 and 15-9.


Bracket Match 1 versus Baytown Lee High School:
After losing a tie-breaker decision to Pasadena, Galena Park was seeded 2nd from our pool and faced the 3rd seeded team from the other pool.  That team was the Lady Ganders of Baytown Lee High School.  Baytown Lee had some powerful hitters, a big back row attack, and some hard servers but the Yellowjackets were confident and were ready to win.  Galena Park battled hard through the entire first game taking it down to the wire and finally putting the nail in the coffin with a 25-23 win.  Then it was the Lady Ganders at the helm and they took control early and didn’t let up taking game 2 by a score of 25-19.  After Coach Swanson emphasized the importance of being “attackers” rather than “reactors” the Lady Jackets took the floor for game 3.  The game started with Jen Ramirez serving off 7 straight points and Lee never got within striking distance again.  Galena Park dominated game 3 winning 25-16.


On Deck:

GP will be back at the Pasadena ISD JV Tournament this Saturday, August 15th at 10:00 am against Pasadena High School.

 

 

GPHS Volleyball Hosts Sam Rayburn High School

On August 11th the Lady Jackets hosted the Texans of Sam Rayburn High School for the 2015 season opener and what a night!  All three teams took down the Texans starting without losing a set!


Freshman Team:
The freshman team started a bit apprehensively as it was their debut as high school volleyball players, but once the nerves settled they took care of the young Lady Texans.  The Lady Jackets won in 2 sets 25-19 and 25-19.  All 12 young Jackets put some time in on the floor and contributed to the win.  Laila Gonzalez had an exceptional night playing solid defense.

   
Junior Varsity Team:
The JV team was out for revenge as they were the only team who lost to Rayburn last year and revenge is sweet.  The JV team took control from the first serve and never let up the entire match.  The Jackets won 25-10 and 25-11 led by the all around aggressive play of sophomore Jennifer Ramirez.


Varsity Team:
The varsity team began game one struggling getting the offense running, but once the passing improved the hitting became potent.  Junior, Alana Perez kept the Jackets on point with her stellar defense and senior Taylor Dearing crushed the Texans with her 8 kills earning her player of the game honors.  GP defeats Rayburn 25-21, 25-15, and 25-14.


On Deck:
The JV will be at Sam Rayburn for a tournament August 13th and 15th while the varsity will be playing at Huffman’s tournament those same days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game News Archive: 2014 Season

Game Update Archive: 2014 Season