GPHS Volleyball Game Updates

  • GPHS vs Santa Fe
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team lost in two sets by scores of 14-25 and 15-25.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in two sets as well by scores of 8-25 and 8-25.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team lost in three sets by scores of 4-25, 13-25, and 13-25.

    GPHS vs Goose Creek
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team earned another district win in a three set 23-25, 25-14 and 25-18 win over Goose Creek Memorial on October 16th. The entire team played well making the victory a reality.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team played a solid first set winning the set 25-16 where they dominated Goose Creek the entire set. The second set was all Galena Park until the last 4 points of the match where serve receive and service errors opened to the door to Memorial allowing them a 25-23 win. The third set was in Memorial’s control from the first serve as they stole the match with a 25-17 set three win. Andrea Rivera led the team in kills with 10, Ilana Esparza led the team in digs and serve receive passes, and Mia Flores led the team in assists with 18.

    Varsity Team:
    Despite a 15-25, 4-25, 12-25 three set loss, the Lady Jackets hustled and played with heart and passion Tuesday night. Zoie Garcia led the team in kills, assists, and digs earning her the player of the match honors.

    GPHS vs Baytown Lee
    Freshman Team:
    The freshmen lost in two sets, 14-25 and 21-25. Liza Ayala was the player of the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team started slow as they dropped the first set 16-25 to the Lady Ganders. The second set was controlled by the solid serving and defense of middle blocker, Haven Hernandez. Haven’s aggressive serving and hustle in the back court propelled the Lady Jackets to a 25-15 second set win. In the third set the Ganders pulled out quickly and seemed to be in control, but the Jackets were not going to go down easy. Setter, Mia Flores started moving the ball around on offense getting her hitters involved, and aggressive serving and defense by Ilana Esparza brought the set back within reach. The Yellowjackets fought hard to pull out the 27-25 third set win and match victory. Haven Hernandez served 100%, led the team with 15 digs and 7 kills, was a perfect 9/9 on serve receive, had a 41% attack percentage and led the team in blocks. The entire team made key plays and played with determination and grit the entire match.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity struggled losing in three sets, 7-25, 17-25 and 15-25. Zoie Garcia was 12/12 digging and led the team in assists. Kensie Maldonado led the team in kills with 4.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will be back on the floor at Goose Creek Memorial High School on Tuesday, October 16th. This is the final home game of the 2018 season where the program will recognize the seniors and our parents. The freshman will start at 4:30 p.m. followed by the JV and varsity teams.

    GPHS vs Friendswood
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team lost in two sets, 25-11 and 25-13. Elaine Umana played solid defense racking up 9 digs and 8 good passes off serve.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in two sets, 25-14 and 25-14. The team played really well and went point for point with the Mustangs early in the first set. It was a significant improvement from the first outing where the Lady Jackets failed to score in double digits either set. Andrea Rivera led the team with 3 kills and Haven Hernandez and Jacky Diaz anchored the team with outstanding defense.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team was defeated in three sets of 25-5, 25-6, and 25-8 by the Lady Mustangs. Sophomore, Natalie Macias had a big game on the net as she was the only Jacket who seemed to be able to consistently put a block up against the Mustang hitters.

    GPHS vs Galveston Ball
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team earned another district win in a 26-24, 25-8 two set victory. Jennavy DeLaCruz and Isabella Castillo led the team with 3 kills each and the entire team played solid as they battled for each point.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team played a great first two sets dominating Ball in set one with a 25-18 victory behind the aggressive serving of Rocio Garza. Set two was looking to be much the same as the Jackets jumped out to a significant early lead. However, some miscues and unforced errors late in the set gave Ball the chances they needed to take the set 26-24. The third set began with Ball serving and the Yellowjackets never managed to control their offense off serve losing 14-25. It was a really well played game as the JV has been devastated by injury. Julissa Fematt moved up from the freshman team and played well while Haven Hernandez led the team with 4 kills and 3 solo blocks. Haven and Rocio each had 6 aces leading the team in earned points. Mia Flores racked up 15 assists, her highest of the season, while Ilana Esparza passed up 22 good passes off serve and 14 digs.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team struggled offensively and defensively in a 10-25, 14-25, and 10-25 loss. Destiny Morales stepped up with some aggressive play on the net and led the team with 3 kills. Zoie Garcia was solid setting the ball for the Jackets.

    GPHS vs Crosby
    The Lady Jackets started their second round of district play at home hosting Crosby High School this last Tuesday, October 2nd.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team lost in two sets, 25-15 and 25-27. The first set was controlled by the Lady Cougars but the second set was controlled early by the Yellowjackets, but some miscommunication by the Jackets allowed for the Cougars to battle back into the set. The Cougars managed to tie up the game and finally pull ahead to take the second set win. Julissa Fematt and Elaine Umana were the players of the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in two sets, 22-25 and 20-25 in two close sets. The entire team played really well as everyone stepped up after the team suffered from some injuries. Hailey Sanchez anchored the team with her quick and solid defense while Mia Flores led the offense with her setting. Rocio Garza and Monse Villalobos each registered 3 kills.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team was defeated in three sets of 8-25, 19-25, and 13-25 by the Lady Cougars. This was a better performance compared to the early season match where the Jackets struggled catching up with the speed of Crosby’s offense. Freshman, Julie Rojas stepped into a tough position running the offense for injured Mackenzie Dearing. Julie played fantastic in her first varsity start leading the team with 7 assists and some aggressive serving. Andrea Acosta helped out her offense by giving the defense a voice and some solid digs. Alexa Quiroga led the team with 3 kills.

    GPHS vs Santa Fe
    The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted Santa Fe on Friday, September 28th on a night that proved to be all about a very, very good Santa Fe team.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team lost in two sets by scores of 19-25 and 22-25. The team struggled getting a rhythm even though they managed to run some aggressive offense at moments. Iris Rojas led the team with 7 kills and Liza Ayala earned the MVP honors with her setting and service points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in two sets as well by scores of 14-25 and 12-25. Julie Rojas, Monse Villalobos and Rocio Garza all had 2 kills. Monse and Julie were the players of the game.

    Varsity Team:
    The Lady Jackets finished the first round of district play on the tough end of an 11-25, 5-25, and 9-25 loss to Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a dominant team and the Jackets held their own at moments, but in the end Santa Fe had all the answers. Destiny Morales led the team with 3 kills and Andrea Acosta earned MVP honors with her defense and positive play.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets will be back on the floor Tuesday, October 2nd against Crosby High School. All three matches will be at Galena Park High School starting at 4:30 pm.

    GPHS vs Texas City
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team once again showcased their improvements with another victory over Texas City last Tuesday evening. The young Jackets were in control of both sets winning 25-15 and 25-22. Jennavy DeLaCruz really looked strong on defense and off of serve receive. Her passes were falling right on her target allowing the setters to run an aggressive offense. Setter, Leslie Vasquez captained the aggressive offense with her decision making and her accurate sets.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team was without a middle for their match against the Stingarees but Jacky Diaz stepped in and filled the role without batting an eye. The Yellowjackets lost to Texas City 25-17 and 25-20 but played to win each point and that is all the coaching staff asks of these young ladies. Haven Hernandez, once again led the team with 4 kills and Hailey Sanchez and Jacky Diaz earned MVP honor with their outstanding play for the match.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team was back in action after a tough loss to Goose Creek Memorial on Friday. Texas City came in to G.P. and took control early as the Jackets struggled with a new line up. Despite the early confusion the Lady Jackets managed to battle back from a deficit to lose 25-17. The second set was all Texas City as they won 25-8. The third set was going the Yellowjackets’ way as they led until the final points of the match. Texas City had to scratch and claw their way back to a 30-28 win. Aniya Eason led the team with 5 kills and Kensie Maldonado was the MVP.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will be back in action Friday, September 28th hosting Santa Fe High School.

    GPHS vs Goose Creek Memorial
    The Lady Jackets traveled to Baytown, Texas to take on the Patriots of Goose Creek Memorial on Friday, September 21st.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team was coming off a tournament on the previous evening and the extra play was reaping benefits as G.P. won in three sets. The young ladies looked solid as they controlled set one behind the service aces of Liza Ayala and the net play of Julissa Fematt. The Jackets won set one by a 25-15 score. The second set was a back and forth affair as G.C.M. took an early lead and fended off G.P. for a 25-23 win. The third set was controlled by G.P. from the start as Julissa continued to control the net and the rest of the girls served strong. Galena Park won the third set 25-17 taking home the victory. Julissa Fematt was the player of the game as she led the team with 6 kills and a block. Liza Ayala had 4 service aces and Samantha Banda led the team with 8 assists.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team played a lack luster match losing in two sets, 10-25 and 17-25. Haven Hernandez led the team with 3 kills, 100% serving, and no attack errors.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team struggled from the first whistle with the speed and big hitting of Goose Creek Memorial. As the match progressed the blocker started slowing down the Patriot attack only to find the Patriot hitters able to change up their attack game. The bright spot for the night were the huge digs made by sophomore Aniya Eason. Mackenzie Dearing led the team in kills with three.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets will be at home both Tuesday and Friday of next week, Tuesday against Texas City and Friday against Santa Fe.

    GPHS vs Baytown Lee
    The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted Baytown Lee this last Tuesday night for another district match.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman started the night off with a three set loss to Baytown Lee (22-25, 25-18, and 19-25). The team continues to develop and improve, but consistency still plagues the young ladies. Julissa Fematt was the player of the game as she made several big plays and crucial moments in the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team started slow as they dropped the first set 19-25 to the Lady Ganders. The second and third sets were back and forth early, but as the sets progressed G.P. found a way to win points. G.P. won next two sets 25-20 and 25-21. Freshman, Julie Rojas anchored the scoring with her perfect serving game and her intelligent setting game. Ilana Esparza put the ball on the setter throughout the match allowing her offense to be aggressive. Andrea Rivera and Haven Hernandez both racked up 5 kills on the night.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity struggled creating a consistent attack game as they dropped another district game Tuesday night. The Yellowjackets went up early in the first set and seemed to be in control of the set until the Jackets failed to finish on some long rallies and off of serve receive. At the end of the first set, Baytown Lee fought back and won 25-22. The second match was full of errors and missed opportunities by G.P. ending with a 25-16 win by Lee. The third set started off strong and the Yellowjackets were poised for a 25-19 win, but Lee hustled keeping balls in play letting the Jackets make the errors. Both teams battled and battled but the Ganders were able to clench the final two match points winning 29-27. Zoie Garcia led the team with 8 kills and 12 assists. Andrea Acosta earned the MVP vote as she played an error free match. Andrea served 100%, dug 100%, serve received 100%, and attacked 100%!

    On Deck:
    All three teams will be back on the floor at Goose Creek Memorial High School on Friday, September 21st. The freshman will start at 4:30 p.m. followed by the JV and varsity teams.

    GPHS vs Galveston Ball
    The Lady Jacket volleyball program hosted the Galveston Ball Tors this Tuesday, September 11th for their second district match.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team earned their first district win in a 19-25, 25-21, 25-19 victory. The entire team played solid as they battled for each point.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team played a lack-luster first two sets of volleyball losing to Galveston Ball, 17-25 and 9-25. Andrea Rivera and Haven Hernandez led the team with two kills, and Lizet Cano came off the bench and spurred some scoring off her net play and serving.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team had a solid beginning to their match against the Tors as Andrea Acosta got the team started with some aggressive serving. Zoie Garcia and Mackenzie Dearing moved the ball around well as their hitters put Ball off balance. Unfortunately, the ladies had moments riddled with hitting and defensive errors allowing Ball to take the lead, and the first set by a score of 25-20. Kassie Pena and Natalie Macias kept the Ball offense predictable with aggressive second set serving while Aniya Eason and Astrie Fuentes managed to find the holes in the Tor defense. Galena Park seemed to have put everything together as the second set went to G.P. 25-21. As the Lady Jackets switched sides of the net for set three they forgot to take their brains and their desire as the next two sets were more a portrait in defeat rather than one of competition. All the steam and focus seemed to leave the young team as they lost 25-12 and 25-15 in the next two sets, losing the match. Aniya Eason played an outstanding game leading the team in digs with 14, in kills with 5, and in passing with 17 of 19 passes off serve.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will be back on our home court Friday, September 14th for Homecoming hosting Friendswood High School. The varsity game will be the early game at 4:30 p.m. followed by the JV and the freshman games.

    GPHS vs Crosby
    The Lady Jackets started district play on the road at Crosby High School this past Friday, September 7th.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team lost in two sets, 25-16 and 25-22 but played some solid volleyball against a well-coached Cougar team. The first game was full of some long, well-played rallies by both teams. Some of the rally points went to the Cougars and some to the Yellowjackets keeping the game tight until mid-way through the set. Crosby managed to take advantage of G.P. errors late and finished off the Lady Jackets 25-16 in the first set. The second set was a picture of inconsistency for G.P. through the first part of the set. Then with the score 14-18 Crosby, the Yellowjackets found some heart as they fought and scraped their way back into the set. Unfortunately, miscommunication caused some unforced errors and the Cougars held on to win the match. Iris Rojas was the player of the match, Liza Ayala led the team with 5 kills and Julissa Fermatt had 3 service aces.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in three sets. The first set started off in Crosby’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 Crosby won the first set 15-25. The second set was all about the Lady Jackets led by the defense of Hailey Sanchez in the back court and the blocking of Haven Hernandez on the net. Ilana Esparza and Monse Villalobos also made some big plays on defense giving the Yellowjackets opportunities for kills. G.P. won set two 25-21. The third set was all Crosby as the young Jackets struggled with hitting errors and passing errors throughout. Crosby took the third set 25-11 and won the match in three sets. Monse Villalobos and Rocio Garza led the team with 3 kills. Haven Hernandez and Hailey Sanchez were the players of the game.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team was defeated in three sets of 7-25, 9-25, and 9-25 by the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars were fast and aggressive offensively and from the service line keeping the Jackets on their heels all match. Crosby is a dynamic team but sophomores, Aniya Eason and Zoie Garcia played great defense while senior, Mackenzie Dearing set the ball well. These three earned MVP honors for the match.

    GPHS vs Eisenhower
    The Lady Jackets hosted Eisenhower Aldine High School’s volleyball team for their second home matches of the season.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team dominated the Lady Eagles behind some strong serving by Liza Ayala and Iris Rojas in set one. Liza ran off four aces and a kill leading the Yellowjackets to a 25-11 first set victory. The second set was a repeat of the first as all the young Jackets got in on the action. Set two went to G.P. 25-14. Liza Ayala and Julissa Fematt were the players for the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team started hot jumping out early off strong serving by Monse Villalobos and Haven Hernandez. The serving and smart play of the Yellowjackets led to a quick 25-11 first set victory. Set two was a little slower but in the end Galena Park controlled the set. Haven Hernandez served hard earning 5 aces and leading G.P. to a 25-19 win. The MVP’s for the evening were Monse Villalobos who controlled the offense from her setting position and Ashley Maldonado who stepped in off the bench and anchored the defense.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team started a little slow struggling with the off-speed offense of the Eagles. After making some adjustments and a spark by Andrea Acosta, G.P. pulled off a 25-23 win. Set two and three were all Galena Park as Zoie Garcia, Kassie Pena, and Natalie Macias knocked the Eagles from their perch with some vicious serving. Alexa Quiroga led the team with 7 kills and a single hitting error. Kassie Pena, Natalie Macias and Zoie Garcia led the team in points scored and aces.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets varsity team will be traveling to Crosby High School for the first district game of the season. The freshman will play at 4:40 p.m. followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

    GPHS vs Baytown Sterling
    The Lady Jackets traveled to Baytown Sterling this Tuesday evening.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team struggle against a controlled and fast-paced Ranger offense. The Rangers beat the Jackets in two sets, 25-9 and 25-11. Jennavy DeLaCruz was the freshman stand-out for the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team found the quick offense of the Ranger JV team difficult to adjust to in the first match as they lost 25-7. However, after a defensive discussion and some solid play by Haven Hernandez the Lady Jackets made a game of the second set. The Rangers were able to hold out and win the set 25-17 but the Jacket play was much improved.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity blockers were dazed and confused for three sets leaving the Yellowjacket defense sitting ducks against some smart hitters. Baytown Sterling made quick work of G.P. finishing off the match 25-9, 25-9, and 25-7. Despite the porous blocking Andrea Acosta and Kassie Pena worked hard digging and defending the floor while Zoie Garcia’s attacking and setting gave the offense some glimmers of hope.

    On Deck:
    The varsity will be in the Santa Fe Tournament this Thursday and Saturday.

    GPHS vs Channelview
    The Lady Jackets traveled to Channelview High School on Friday, August 24th for a Friday night match up.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team played like they had been abducted by aliens. Channelview defeated G.P. 13-25 and 13-25. Isabella Castillo was the player of the game.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team caught whatever volleyball pathogen the freshman brought to the floor playing with the same lack-luster attitude as the young ones. Channelview won in two sets 18-25 and 17-25. Haven Hernandez led the team with 3 kills and Lizet Cano was player of the game with her bench performance.

    Varsity Team:
    Sadly, the varsity fared no better than the previous two teams. Channelview defeated G.P. in three straight sets, 25-12, 25-13, and 25-13. Jayleen Montano was the player of the game and Destiny Morales was the kill leader with 4 kills.

    GPHS vs C.E. King
    The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted C.E. King for their first match of the 2018 season this Tuesday evening.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman started the night off with a dominating two set win. Galena Park won the first set behind the serving of Samantha Banda by a score of 25-3. In the second set the Yellowjackets began a bit slow, but they managed to correct their course and finish off the Panthers by a score of 25-15. Samantha Banda and Isabella Castillo earned the M.V.P honors for the evening.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team built on the positive energy the freshman team initiated by finishing off C.E. King in two sets. The Jackets stole a side out early in set one and never looked back. Julie Rojas served aggressively and G.P. earned the 25-11 win. The Jackets couldn’t hold their serve in set two and fell behind early. After a stern talking to by Coach Swanson the Lady Jackets dug in and took the lead. After stringing some points together behind Mia Flores the Jackets won set two 25-19. Rocio Garza led the team with 5 kills and earned the M.V.P honors for the night.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity struggled with consistency Tuesday night as they lost in four sets to C.E. King. The Yellowjackets went up early in the first set and seemed to be in control of the set until missed serves swung the momentum in favor of the Panthers. C.E. King won the first set 25-17. The Jackets played an aggressive second set behind the serving of Kassie Pena taking the set 25-19. The Jackets kept the second set energy through the beginning of set three, but again hitting errors and poor decisions ended with a 25-21 loss. In the fourth set King took charge behind a huge right side block winning the match 25-10. Destiny Morales led the team with 7 kills and Jayleen Montano’s steady and smart play earned her the player of the game honors.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will be back on the floor at Channelview High School on Friday, August 24th. The freshman will start the evening with a 4:30 p.m. start time followed by the JV and the varsity teams.

    GPHS vs Pasadena
    The Galena Park Lady Jackets traveled to Pasadena High School last Friday, August 17th.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team struggled finding their groove as they lost to Pasadena in a quick two sets. Pasadena won the first set 25-19 and the second set 25-8. Isabella Castillo and Iris Rojas were the players of the game.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in a very tight three sets. Pasadena won the first set 25-20; the second set went to the Yellowjackets by a score of 25-23 then they lost a very close third set by a score of 25-23. Despite the loss the young Jackets all played a really solid match.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team brought home the only win Friday night defeating Pasadena in a very long five set match. Galena Park set the tone in set one pulling out a 25-23 victory. The second and third sets both went to Pasadena (25-17 and 25-21). After a short break in action while the teams had to re-direct action to a new gym due to a faulty ceiling vent the Yellowjackets began to gel and defeated the Eagles 25-18. Once set four was in the books the Jackets were all about finishing the Eagles. Galena Park finished off Pasadena in the fifth set by a score of 15-10. The entire team played and contributed to a hard-fought victory.

    GPHS vs Heights High School
    The Lady Jackets traveled to Heights High School to take on the Lady Bulldogs. The night ended with a Yellowjacket sweep!

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team earned their second win of the 2018 season as they defeated Heights in two straight sets. Liza Ayala started the young Jackets off in set one with ten straight serves four of which were aces putting the team up 13-5. The momentum had been established and the team finished off the Bulldogs 25-10. In the second set the Yellowjackets found themselves down early, but they managed to right the ship and finish off Heights 25-23 in the second set. Liza Ayala was the player of the game.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team started hot jumping out early off strong serving by Mia Flores and Julie Rojas. The Yellowjackets rocked the Bulldogs 25-10 in the first set. The second set was a little shaky early as the Bulldogs ran off a few serves, but the Jackets settled themselves and took the set 25-17. Julie Rojas served off 8 aces, had 5 kills and was the player of the game.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team took over where the sub-varsity teams left off winning their match in three straight sets. The first set went to G.P. by a score of 25-17. The second set was 25-19 and the third was 25-21. Natalie Macias and Zoie Garcia anchored the scoring with their aggressive service game. Astrie Fuentes and Destiny Morales held the net from the middle as Astrie had 8 kills and Destiny recorded 2 solo blocks. The MVP for the night was setter, Zoie Garcia who scored 14 points, had 6 service aces, had a 50% attack percentages, and recorded 18 assists.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets varsity team will be traveling to Dickinson Tournament on Thursday, August 16th and Saturday, August 18th, while all three teams will be back on the road at Pasadena High School on Friday, August 17th. The freshman match will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the JV and varsity matches.

    GPHS vs South Houston
    After an early morning tournament on Thursday, August 9th the Lady Jackets traveled to Philips Field House in Pasadena, Texas to take on the Lady Trojans of South Houston High School. For the freshman, this was only their second match of the 2018 season while the junior varsity and the varsity had played the day before in pre-season tournaments.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team is loaded with talent and it is exciting to watch them develop as they become more comfortable with the game and their roles. The first set was a little shaky as the freshman struggled with consistency in all aspects of the game. This inconsistency led to a 16-25 loss of set one to the Trojans. In set two the girls relaxed, found a groove and defeated the Lady Trojans 25-18. The third set was a little tighter but the Jackets carried the momentum from set two into a 25-21 set three win and a match victory. Elaine Umana anchored the team in all three sets with her defense and hustle while Iris Rojas’ energy and aggressiveness put points up offensively.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team started their match on fire led by three freshman players as they dominated South Houston 25-14 in set one. The second set ended with a 23-25 loss to South Houston as the mental focus began to waiver. The third set was much like the second with G.P. losing the mental part of the game at crucial moments of the set allowing SoHo to take the third and final set 25-23. Freshman, Julie Rojas led the team with 5 kills and kept the offense churning while she set. Freshman, Monse Villalobos made some key defensive plays at multiple points in all three sets giving the team a chance to score points. Sophomore, Mia Flores is the captain and her steady personality kept everyone calm and she made some crucial setting decisions that ended in points for her team.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team played another night with youth shouldering the team. Sophomores, Zoie Garcia, Aniya Eason, and Natalie Macias are learning as they play while veterans are out due to injuries and family. The experience gap was apparent in the first two sets as South Houston dominated the Jackets 25-11 and 25-10. However, in set three G.P. began to find connections and made a game of the third set. Behind the serving of Natalie Macias the Yellowjackets battled back from a deficit to a 22-25 loss. The kill leader was Destiny Morales and the player of the game was Aniya Eason whose defense and energy made her indispensable during the match.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets will be at Heights High School, Tuesday, August 14th and away again at Pasadena High School on Friday, August 17th. The varsity will also be traveling to Dickinson High School for a tournament on Thursday and Saturday of next week.

    GPHS at Pasadena JV Tournament
    The junior varsity Lady Jacket volleyball team competed in the Pasadena ISD JV Tournament this last Thursday and Saturday, August 9th and August 11th. Thursday began with the Lady Jackets matched up against Dobie, undoubtedly the best team in the tournament. The pool play matches were only to 15 and only two sets were played regardless. G.P. lost both sets to Dobie but they were close, 15-17 and 13-15. The second match was against Pasadena who defeated G.P. in two sets, 15-7 and 16-14. The third match was against C.E. King and the Jackets split the sets winning set one 15-4 and losing the second set 7-15. The Lady Jackets were ranked 4th out of their pool pitting them against LaPorte High School in the first bracket match. The girls played hard but the long day was beginning to show and LaPorte won 25-10 and 25-17. Saturday was a new day and the girls were ready for some revenge again C.E. King. The Jackets jumped out early and dominated in a two set victory, 25-17 and 25-10. The win put the team in the consolation bracket and matched them up against Pasadena again. This match ended much like the first match with Pasadena controlling the match. G.P. lost 20-25 and 20-25 ending their day at the tournament. Since it was two long days many players showcased their abilities. Mia Flores racked up 8 aces for the tournament and scored 14 points, Monse Villalobos scored 27 points and served 8 aces, Haven Hernandez scored 20 points and served 3 aces, and Julie Rojas scored 17 points with 2 aces. Mia Flores and Monse Villalobos were the players of the tournament.

    GPHS vs Sam Rayburn
    On August 7th the Lady Jackets traveled to the home of the Texans to take on Sam Rayburn High School for their first match of the 2018 season. 

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team started out nervous, but as they relaxed their play improved despite losing the match in two straight sets, 16-25 and 17-25.  Freshman, Elaine Umana impressed the coaching staff with her passing, serving, and defensive play for the evening. 

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in three sets, 25-21, 14-25, and 18-25 but played an impressive match despite youth and only three days of practice.  Three freshman grace the JV team with their skills and all three started and held their own.  Ilana Esparza came off the bench to spark the team with some fantastic serving and solid defense while middle, Rocio Garza gave the team energy early in the first set. 

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team was down a middle hitter and a setter tonight so many young faces got their chance to show the coaches what they could do.  Sophomore, setter Zoie Garcia was one of those fresh faces and she played a stellar game running the offense for the Yellowjackets.  Zoie’s athleticism allowed her to set balls and make plays that anyone else would not have been able to make.  Junior, Kensie Maldonado brought some much needed energy in set three as well as 5 service, ace points. 

    On Deck:
    The JV will be at Sam Rayburn for a tournament August 9th and 11th 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 10th.  The freshman will start at 4:30 pm and the JV and varsity teams’ matches will follow.