GPHS Volleyball Game Updates

  • Friendswood
    All three teams traveled to Friendswood for a volleyball showdown against the Lady Mustangs.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team lost 10-25 and 13-25 to a solid Mustang team.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost in two sets but kept it close in the first set losing 20-25 and 14-25 in the second. Jenna DeLaCruz led the team with 5 kills. Jenna, Monse Villalobos and Josiara Hernandez were the players of the match.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team lost in three sets to a dominating Mustang team. The scores were 7-25, 9-25, and 1-25. Alexa Quiroga was the kill leader and Aniya Eason played great on defense.

    Galveston Ball
    The Lady Jacket varsity team hosted the Lady Tors of Galveston Ball High School on Friday, October 19th.

    Freshman Team:
    Friday night was the first time the young Jackets got to compete against the Tors since the first round match-up was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Lady Jackets played well but struggled finding their offense. Galveston Ball was able to use the lack of offense to control both sets winning 25-20 and 25-22. Saray Banda was the player of the match for the Yellowjackets.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team also stepped on the floor for the first time against the Tors and dominated them in a two set victory. G.P. won 25-15 and 25-20. Eleven players suit up for the JV team and eleven players played a role in the victory. Monse Villalobos led the team in kills, assists, digs, and serving. Jenna DeLaCruz had 6 service aces in set one.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team lost in three sets 25-6, 25-9, and 25-16. Aniya Eason led the team in digs and served 100%. Mia Flores and Jazlynn Estrada also served 100%.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will travel to Friendswood next Tuesday night. The freshman will start the night with a 4:30 pm game, JV at 5:30 pm, and varsity at 6:30 pm.

    Santa Fe
    The Galena Park Lady Jackets hosted the Santa Fe Lady Indians for the last match of the first round of district play Friday night.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team battled and played a terrific match winning in three sets, 22-25, 28-26, and 25-17. The young Jackets played some really solid volleyball with all ladies contributing to the win.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost their first district game to a solid Santa Fe team. Despite the loss the Lady Jackets fought hard and made Santa Fe earn the match. The first set was a tight match until Santa Fe put together some late plays to take the 22-25 set. Set two was a replay of the first set but with a 25-22 G.P. win. Set three featured some early G.P. plays for points, but the team struggled to find consistent offense and Santa Fe took the third set 25-14. Julissa Fematt and Josiara Hernandez were the players of the game; Julissa anchored the offense with 6 kills and 3 aced served while Josiara anchored the defense with 7 digs and 20 good serve receive passes.

    Varsity Team:
    Galena Park started set one playing point for point against the Indians. Solid passing by Aniya Eason and aggressive offensive play by Zoie Garcia and Natalie Macias kept the team in the set. Unfortunately, Santa Fe’s serving and a big, left-handed, right-side hitter kept the score out of reach. Santa Fe won in three sets, 16-25, 9-25, and 12-25.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets will begin their second round of district play on Tuesday, October 8th at Crosby High School.

    Texas City
    The Lady Jackets traveled to the orange and black clad Stingaree reef for another district match Tuesday night.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team struggled getting their offense on track as they seemed to be playing on their heels all match. The reactive rather than attack mentality ended in a two set loss to Texas City, 18-25 and 23-25.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team entered the evening undefeated in district play and the young ladies were anxious to add another notch to their win column. That being said it appeared that the streak was about to end as Texas City trounced on the Lady Jackets 13-25 in the first set. Galena Park didn’t seem to be making any more progress in the third set as Coach Swanson called a time out down 6-17. Coach asked them if they wanted to let their streak slip through their fingers or whether they wanted to grab on and fight. They choose to FIGHT! The young ladies came out of the time out earned serve and battled back into the set. Linisa Hernandez started the come-back with aggressive serving and speedy defense. The Yellowjackets fought back and won the set 25-22. Captain, Monse Villalobos won serve in the third set and the Jackets took control early. It was still a point for point battle but the momentum was all G.P.’s as the won set three 25-23. What a TEAM WIN! Julissa Fematt led in kills with 10, Linisa Hernandez led in serving with 2 aces and 16/16 serves as well as leading the team with 17 digs. Monse Villalobos led in assists with 13. Jossie Hernandez and Jenna DeLaCruz led the team on serve receive.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team was down a setter due to injury, a defensive specialist due to illness, and a middle hitter due to family concerns so it was a difficult night. Texas City won in three straight sets, 25-5, 25-9, and 25-5. Aniya Eason played hard, hustled and never gave up earning MVP honors for the match.

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

    Goose Creek
    On September 27th, the Lady Jackets hosted the Patriots of Goose Creek Memorial to end a long week packed with matches. Due to Irma and her moisture, Galena Park had two make-up matches squeezed into the regularly scheduled matches this week. A grand total of four matches were played in five nights!

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team started the night off with a two set, 22-25 and 18-25 loss. The young Lady Jackets had some solid moments of play, but just couldn’t maintain the level of play needed to win points. Jackie Galvan served well and played some solid defense as the defensive specialist for Coach Baggett.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team came out hot running their offense and controlling the tempo of the match from the first whistle. Galena Park finished off the Patriots in two sets 25-18 and 25-18. It was a great team win led by the attacking of Jenna DeLaCruz, Julissa Fematt, and Linisa Hernandez who each had 3 kills.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team played like they were at the end of the marathon week of volleyball. The team tried to put points together but exhaustion and injuries provided a barrier that the Jackets couldn’t get around. Galena Park lost in three straight sets, 13-25, 12-25, and 13-25. Haven Hernandez earned the MVP honors as she played the most consistent and led the team in kills.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will play at Texas City on Tuesday, October 1st. The freshman will start the night at 4:30 pm followed by the JV team and then the varsity team.

    Friendswood
    Wednesday night was another bad weather make-up match against Friendswood High School.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team lost in three sets 14-25, 9-25 and 14-25 and despite the lop-sided scores the Lady Jackets performed extremely well. Friendswood is a big and quick team but the Yellowjackets stood their ground and battled every serve. Natalie Macias led the team with 6 kills and 12 digs. Zoie Garcia and Jacky Diaz served aggressively scoring some points on service aces. Aniya Eason had 21 receptions off serve and 8 digs, and Avalynn Estrada and Mia Flores moved the ball around giving the attackers opportunities to make plays.

    Baytown Lee
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team won in two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-15. Coach Baggett was pleased with her team’s play as each player contributed to the win. Gabby Munoz led the team with 6 kills while Daisia Cearcy and Genesis Heinaman pushed point from the service line.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team kept their district win streak alive with another two set victory over the Lady Ganders. The first set was a battle but the Yellowjackets prevailed 26-24. Set two was all about the Jackets as freshmen Linisa Hernandez and Andraya Brosig served off 17 of the team’s 25 points. Julissa Fematt led the team with 5 kills, Belinda Lopez led the team in blocking, and Monse Villalobos earned MVP honors with her leadership on the floor.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team started strong taking an early lead against the Ganders, but a hitting drought late in the first set allowed the Ganders to fly back into the set. Baytown Lee took the first set 23-25 and then controlled the next two sets 9-25 and 17-25. Senior, Alexa Quiroga was the kill leader with 5 kills and Natalie Macias earned a player of the game nod as she anchored the team for all six rotations.

    Galveston Ball
    The Lady Jacket varsity team traveled to Galveston Ball for a bad-weather, make-up game; one of two this week.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team does not play in make-up games.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team does not play in make-up games.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team played like they hadn’t been on the floor in 5 days; a type of play that is better left unspoken. Galveston Ball won in three sets 15-25, 12-25, and 16-25. Zoie Garcia led with 4 kills, Natalie Macias led the defense, Jazlynn Estrada led the team in serving and Avalynn Estrada led the offense from the setter position.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will play at Baytown Lee Tuesday, September 24th starting at 4:30 pm with the freshman team. The varsity will make-up last Friday’s game on Wednesday, September 25th at home at 6:00 pm. Then all three teams will play at home on Friday, September 26th against Goose Creek Memorial.

    Crosby
    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team had a tough time finding their groove Friday night.  They had moments of strong play but failed to string together enough rallies to ever take the lead.  The Jackets lost in two sets, 13-25 and 20-25.  Kimberly Nieto and Gabby Munoz played well on the net getting some blocks while Daisia Cearcy played consistently all match earning her player of the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team came out on fire and battled to a three set victory over a very, very good Crosby team.  Jenna DeLaCruz gave G.P. the momentum early serving off two quick aces.  The first set was a point for point affair as both teams fought for the lead.  The set ended with a 25-27 Crosby win.  The young lady Jackets took a breather between sets knowing that they were in for a fight, but also knowing they were up to the task.  Set two was a replay of set one, except G.P. took the set 27-25.  The third set was all Galena Park.  The Yellowjackets took the momentum off the first serve and never relinquished it winning 25-22 in the third set.  Coach Swanson could not have been more proud of the TEAM as every single person played a role in the victory!  Monse Villalobos led the team with 7 kills, 21 assists, 6 aces, 23 digs, and 16 points scored.  Josiara Hernandez led the team on serve receive passing 24/29 with 12 perfect passes; Leslie Vasquez didn’t get served to as much as Josiara but she was 8/8 with 6 perfect passes.  Belinda Lopez led the team on the net as she dominated Crosby with 4 solo blocks.  Linisa Hernandez had 4 kills at timely moments and she scored 10 points off her serve.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team seemed to feed off the energy of the JV game as they came out swinging early putting Crosby back on the hind paws.  Zoie Garcia introduced herself as MIDDLE BLOCKER as her presence made the Crosby hitters second guess and make errors.  Crosby did manage to take advantage of Galena Park’s smaller blockers and pulled out the first set 19-25.  The second set was all Crosby as the Yellowjackets never found their footing losing 12-25.  G.P. play improved greatly in the third as they fought hard but fell just a little short losing 20-25.  Zoie Garcia was the MVP her presence both on the net and on defense gave Crosby pause.  Haven Hernandez led the team in kills with 5 and in blocking with 2 blocks.  Aniya Eason led the team on receive with 21/24 receptions, 15 of which were perfect passes.  Julie Rojas had 7 digs and 6 assists.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets will travel to Galveston Ball on Tuesday, September 17th.

    Nimitz
    The Lady Jackets volleyball program went to north to Nimitz High School to take on the Lady Cougars. 

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team began Friday night’s match with a new setter who has been playing middle blocker up to this point in the season.  Anamin Rivera stepped into the setter’s spot Friday night and did a fabulous job leading the team to victory.  The freshman defeated the Cougars in three sets, 19-25, 25-20 and 15-13.  Anamin was the player of the game as she managed the offense with one day’s notice.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team continued the winning with a three set win over the Cougars by scores of 25-21, 17-25 and 15-13.  The Lady Jackets were led in kills by Julissa Fematt with 9 kills and by Monse Villalobos’ 15/15 serving streak and 9 assists.  Jossie Hernandez got the offense started with 21 passes off serve while Belinda Lopez led the team with 4 aces.  Ilana Esparza anchored the team with 10 digs and only one digging error.  Ilana Esparza and Julissa Fematt were the players of the game.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team lost to Nimitz in four sets by scores of 15-25, 25-21, 18-25, and 26-28.  Middle blockers, Zoie Garcia and Haven Hernandez earned coaches accolades as they dominated at every facet of the match.  Zoie had 9 kills, scored 16 points, 12 digs, 2.5 blocks, and was 16/17 on serve receive.  Haven Hernandez had 8 kills, served 100% with 5 aces and had 8 digs.  Aniya Eason served 100%, was 35/43 on serve receive with 20 perfect passes while Julie Rojas served off 4 aces, racked up 10 digs and 17 assists.

    On Deck:
    Galena Park has next Tuesday evening off and will begin the first round of district play against Crosby High School on Friday, September 13th.  The freshman game will begin at 4:30 and Galena Park High School Competition Gym.

    Dayton
    Galena Park traveled to Dayton this Tuesday evening where the Broncos sent all three GP teams home with a loss.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team started slow losing set one 12-25. They picked up their play in the second set but couldn’t finish off the Broncos losing 21-25. Daisia Cearcy was consistent for six solid rotations earning her the player of the game recognition.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team started slow as well struggling with a change in the line-up which ended with a 10-25 Dayton domination. The Lady Jackets looked more like themselves in set two winning 25-22. Set three was a battle that went point for point until the end when Dayton pulled out the upset 21-25. Julissa Fematt led the team with 8 kills and dominated on the net! Monse Villalobos served a perfect 10/10 followed by Linisa Hernandez’ 9/9 and Jossie Hernandez’ 12/13 with 5 aces. Julissa Fematt was the player of the game as her blocking and attacking kept the Jackets alive!

    Varsity Team:
    The Yellowjackets welcomed Zoie Garcia back to the starting line-up after a short hiatus to rest a sore shoulder. Unfortunately, the welcome wasn’t very pleasant as Dayton’s big middle hitter pummeled the Yellowjackets leading her team to a three set victory. GP battled in set one trying to make a game of it losing 17-25. Sets two and three were all Dayton as they won 13-25 and 12-25. Julie Rojas and Zoie Garcia both led the team in kills with 4 each. Julie Rojas led the team in digs with 12, served 10/10 with 2 aces and 6 assists. Natalie Macias and Alexa Quiroga also earned some recognition for their energy and consistent play.

    On Deck:
    The Lady Jackets will travel to Aldine Nimitz Friday, September 6th. The freshman will play first at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and varsity teams.

    Santa Fe Tournament
    The Yellowjacket varsity volleyball team competed in the Anna Marie Milligan Labor Day Classic in Santa Fe, Texas this last weekend.  The tournament began Thursday morning with three matches versus Boling High School, Crosby High School and Nederland High School.  Galena Park lost all three matches: 9-25 and 14-25 to Boling; 8-25 and 9-25 to Crosby; and 19-25 and 14-25 to Nederland.  Libero, Aniya Eason was the consistent bright spot of the day as she dominated in digs and on serve receive.  In fact, Aniya was error free on serve receive against Nederland!  The Lady Jackets returned to Santa Fe Saturday morning for bracket play starting the day against Bay City High School.  The Yellowjackets won in two straight sets 25-22 and 25-17.  Aniya Eason and Natalie Macias were huge on defense chasing balls into the bleachers and out of the rafters.  Their energy and defense gave the Yellowjackets opportunities to turn hustle into points.  Haven Hernandez led the team in kills with 5, served 100% with 5 aces and led in blocks.  Aniya Eason also served 100%, was error free on serve receive and passed 64% of her passes with perfection.  The win put G.P. on the winner’s side of the bracket where they faced Brazosport High School losing a match they should have won.  The Lady Jackets continue to struggle finishing plays on the offensive portion of the game.  Brazosport started strong winning the first set 20-25.  Galena Park took an early second set lead behind the serving of Julie Rojas and Natalie Macias which they never relinquished, winning 25-23.  The third set was all Brazosport as poor execution plagued the Jackets resulting in a 7-15 loss.  Julie Rojas led the team with 6 kills.  Natalie Macias led the team in scoring with 9 points, served 16/16 with 5 aces, recorded 8 digs and 2 kills.  Aniya Eason was again the rock on serve receive tallying 27 passes with 1 error and 16 perfect passes.

    Marshall
    The Lady Jackets volleyball traveled south to Marshall High School Tuesday, August 20th to take on the Lady Buffs.

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman team put together a complete match with all the young guns firing on all cylinders as they stole two sets and the match from the Wild Buffalos of Marshall.  The freshman was victorious over Marshall winning 25-16 and 25-16.  Sophia Portillo served off 6 aces earning her player of the game honors.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team continued their great team play anchored by team chemistry.  Galena Park won 25-19 and 25-12 led solid serving and aggressive offense.  Monse Villalobos and Jenna DeLaCruz led the team in kills with 3 each.  As with the previous games it was a total TEAM win!

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team started off on fire taking it to the Buffs with a 25-17 win in set one.  Problems putting the ball down on offense and miscommunications led to a 16-25 set two loss.  Set three was a battle that ended with a 26-28 loss and set four was Marshall’s from the first serve.  Marshall won the fourth set 16-25 and took the match.  Haven Hernandez and Zoie Garcia each racked up 8 kills.  Haven earned MVP recognition with her strong serving and exceptional defensive play off the net.  Aniya Eason also got an MVP nod as she anchored the offense with 31 passes off serve and 18 digs.

    On Deck:
    All three teams will be back on our home court versus Channelview High School.  Games will begin at 4:30 pm with the freshman followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

    Spring
    The Yellowjacket volleyball team traveled north to the Spring ISD Varsity Tournament this Thursday evening where they played three pool matches.

    Bracket Match 1 versus Jersey Village High School:
    The Lady Jackets began bracket play against Jersey Village who won in two sets 11-25 and 16-25.  Galena Park led through the first 6 servers then fell behind.  Alexa Quiroga led the team in kills with 3 kills. 

    Bracket Match 2 versus Westfield High School:
    Westfield was a team that the Yellowjackets should have dominated and did in the first set win of 25-16.  But then a lack of focus and effort culiminated in a 26-28 and 3-15 two set loss.  Zoie Garcia led the team with 6 kills.

    Pasadena
    The Galena Park Lady Jackets traveled to the Pasadena Eagles this Friday night for some more pre-district volleyball.  Even though the sub-varsity teams suffered losses the varsity team capped the night off with a knock-down-drag-out five set win.

    Freshman Team:
    After a win on Tuesday night this week the freshman team suffered a two set defeat (22-25 and 13-25).  The match had moments of solid volleyball, especially from defenders Jackie Galvan and Genesis Heineman, but the team still made youthful errors.  Coach Baggett doled out kudos to Jackie for her stellar defensive play throughout the match.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team continues to play solid volleyball despite losing to Pasadena, 17-25, 25-11, 20-25.  The match was full of long rallies, great hustle plays, big hits and solid serving.  The team was anchored by sophomore; Monse Villalobos whose experience provides a foundation for the team’s successes.  Monse led the team with 7 kills.  The entire team contributed Friday night and Coach Swanson is looking forward to watching this young team continue to develop.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team has had a plethora of matches in the last 10 days and Friday night was their 16th match of that time frame.  Match 16 proved to be a lucky match as GP lost 22-25 and 14-25 before rallying 25-15, 25-23, and 15-12 for the five set win.  Sets one and two went to Pasadena as the Jacket defense struggled getting the offense started.  Coach Kellner made a strategic hitting substitution putting freshman Jazlynn Estrada on the outside hitter spot and her energy seemed to turn the tide.  The Yellowjackets controlled the third set from the first served, battled through the fourth and despite an early deficit in the fifth managed to rally and put an end to the Eagles hopes for a win.  Zoie Garcia and Julie Rojas led the team with 9 kills and Zoie was the player of the game as her leadership and poise kept her team focused!

    On Deck:
    The varsity will be back in action at the Spring ISD tournament August 17th.  Then the entire program will travel to Marshall High School on Tuesday, August 20th.  The freshman will take the floor first at 4:30 pm followed by the JV then the varsity matches.

    Heights
    The Lady Jacket Volleyball program hosted Heights High School on Tuesday, August 13th for some more pre-district volleyball action.

    Freshman Team:
    The youngest members of the swarm took control early and stung the Bulldogs, winning in two sets (25-12 and 25-16).  Daisia Cearcy was the player of the game with her aggressive play for a full six rotations.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team followed suit, defeating Heights in two straight sets as well.  The entire team played well and everyone contributed to the team win.  The first set was 25-11 GP and the second 25-13.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team continued to struggle with inconsistency but had several stellar moments throughout the five set loss to the Bulldogs Tuesday night.  The Yellowjackets played hard but suffered from lapses of focus during the first two sets.  The first set was 19-25 Heights and the second was 25-27 Heights.  The momentum swung in the Jackets’ favor in sets three and four as the ladies found a rhythm winning 25-20 and 25-18.  With the momentum and some much needed confidence, the Lady Jackets scored the first points of set five and seemed to be on the road to a set win and a match victory.  Then the doubts and nerves rolled in like a summer squall, tossing the Lady Jackets overboard without a lifeboat.  Heights managed to drowned the hopes of GP with a set five 10-15 win.  Alexa Quiroga led the Lady Jackets with 11 kills and Haven Hernandez earned MVP honors with her aggressive net play, hustle and timely digs!

    Spring
    The Yellowjacket volleyball team traveled north to the Spring ISD Varsity Tournament this Thursday evening where they played three pool matches.

    Pool Match 1 versus Spring High School:
    The Lady Jackets began their pool play against Spring High School and dominated the team for the first 16 points of the set. Then the young Jackets struggled with passing and finishing plays leading to a 19-25 loss. Set two was more inconsistent play by GP ending in a 13-25 second set loss. Aniya Eason was the MVP as she led her team demonstrating hustle, grit and communication.

    Pool Match 2 versus Cy Park High School:
    Cy Park was a team with big, athletic, quick hitters that proved to be a huge obstacle for the Yellowjackets. Cy Park won both sets (12-25 and 8-25). Jacqueline Diaz was the MVP as she kept Cy Park off balance with hard serves and timely digs.

    Pool Match 3 versus Grand Oaks High School:
    Grand Oaks was another big, athletic, quick team loaded with an outside hitter built like a bulldozer! Grand Oaks dominated GP winning 8-25 and 7-25. Zoie Garcia and Andrea Rivera played hard and weren’t intimidated by the power and speed earning kudos from the GP coaching staff.

    Huffman
    The Lady Yellowjacket varsity team competed in the Huffman Volleyball Tournament the 8th, 9th and 10th of August.  The tournament was an opportunity for the Lady Jackets to play a great deal of volleyball and get many young players an opportunity to prove their worth.

    Pool Match 1 versus Heights:
    The Lady Jackets began the tournament playing Heights High School in their first pool match.  After a tight first set that ended with a 21-25 win for Heights the Lady Jackets struggled through a second set that ended with a 13-25 defeat.  Defensively, Natalie Macias and Aniya Eason kept their composure and fought to give their offense a chance to score.

    Pool Match 2 versus Grand Oaks:
    GP struggled mightily against Grand Oaks High School losing in two quick sets, 8-25 and 9-25.

    Pool Match 3 versus Channelview:
    Galena Park battled in a hard-fought first set to defeat Channelview 27-25 but then struggled with consistency and offensive output in the following sets.  Channelview finished the Lady Jackets 8-25 and 8-15 in the second and third sets.  Zoie Garcia led the Lady Jackets with 8 kills out of 23 attacks while Mia Flores led the team with 2 service aces, 13 digs and 6 assists.

    Pool Match 4 versus Willowridge:
    GP returned to Huffman on Friday, the 9th for the fourth of six pool matches.  Match four was against Willowridge High School.  The Yellowjackets played a solid first set winning 25-14 behind hard serving and some aggressive offensively play.  Set two was a closer affair as Willowridge pulled out a 23-25 win at the end of the set pushing the match to a third set.  GP played hard in the three sets but in a set to 15 points a few errors make the difference.  Those few errors resulted in a 12-15 loss of the set and the match.  Zoie Garcia led the team with 6 kills, Jacky Diaz led the team with 11 digs, and Mia Flores was 11/11 from the service line with 2 aces.

    Pool Match 5 versus Magnolia:
    Magnolia High School played a very quick tempo offense in the fifth match which GP hasn’t seen much of thus far in the season.  The lack of practice and youth was glaring as Magnolia won 11-25 and 8-25.  Haven Hernandez stood out as she had no service errors, no receive errors, and no attack errors.

    Pool Match 6 versus Spring Woods:

    The final pool match on Friday was against Spring Woods High School.  They Lady Jackets saved the best for last as they finished off Spring Woods in two sets, 25-21 and 25-16.  Zoie Garcia led the team with 6 kills, Julie Rojas led with 11 assists, Aniya Eason led on serve receive with a perfect 11/11 and 10 of those passes rated as perfect passes.

    Bracket Match 1 versus Aldine:
    The Lady Jackets began their bracket play on Saturday, August 10th against Aldine High School.  Galena Park built on the positive play of Friday to take the first set 25-15 against Aldine.  Aldine forced GP to step up and play a difficult set two that fell to Aldine 23-25.  Set three continued to be an obstacle for the Jackets as they fought but succumbed to errors losing 8-15.  Julie Rojas was 13/13 serving, racked up 5 digs and 11 assists in the endeavor.

    Bracket Match 2 versus Spring Woods:
    GP continued their earlier dominance over Spring Woods defeating them in two straight sets, 25-16 and 25-19.  Haven Hernandez dominated leading the team in serving with a perfect 11/11 and 1 ace, 9 digs with no errors, and a 33% attack percentage.

    Bracket Match 3 versus Nimitz:
    The final match of the tournament was against Nimitz High School which also went three sets.  Nimitz took set one 23-25 in a close match up, lost the second set to GP 25-19.  The third set curse continued as GP lost 5-15.  Aniya Eason was the captain leading her team with 23 digs, 14 serve receive passes and a 40% attack percentages.

    Sam Rayburn
    The JV team returned to Sam Rayburn High School for the remaining bracket play games of their tournament early Saturday morning.  The team entered the gym with a “W” from the night before and was ready to build on the momentum set the night before, and build they did!    

    The first match was a domination over the Sam Rayburn B team led by the “nasty” serving of Linisa Hernandez.  Linisa rattled off 17 serves in the match and 7 aces.  Sophomore, middle blocker, Julissa Fematt was all about the blocking as she made the Rayburn hitters second guess every swing.  When it was all said and done, G.P. took the match in two sets by scores of 25-10 and 25-16.

    The second match was against Sam Rayburns A team and it was more of the same.  Linisa again dominated from the service line while Monse Villalobos kept everyone calm and ran the offense.  Some outstanding defense by Josiara Hernandez and some timely team hustle plays ended with the second win of the morning.  Galena Park defeated Rayburn 25-21 and 25-16.  Saturday’s two victories earned the Yellowjackets the Consolation Trophy! 

    C.E. King
    The Lady Jackets volleyball program traveled to C.E. King High School to take on the Lady Panthers on Friday, August 9th

    Freshman Team:
    The freshman seemed to have benefited from their extra day of practice yesterday as the nerves were fewer and the volleyball was cleaner.  The first set was a close back and forth affair until Anamin Rivera and Gabby Munoz took control of the service game.  The Yellowjackets managed a 28-26 win behind the serving of these two young ladies.  Set two showcased a new group of young Jackets who managed to totally lock down the Panthers with a 25-11 win.  Anamin Rivera was the player of the game for the Yellowjackets.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team continued their Tuesday night success with another two set win over the Panthers.  It was all Galena Park in set one as they took the 25-13 victory.  Monse Villalobos moved the ball around keeping the Panthers dazed and confused the entire set, while Jossie Hernandez and crew controlled the tempo with their solid defensive play.  Set two was more of the same as freshman, Linisa Hernandez served off the first 10 points after the side out. She then proceeded to finish off the Panthers serving out points 21-25.  Belinda Lopez dominated the net stuffing every hit King tried to send over the net.  It was a great evening of volleyball with the entire team contributing to a GREAT team win!

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team battled with C.E. King throughout the first set losing 25-27 after some intense volleys and play.  Sets two and three were rough as the long day of tournament play started to creep into the minds and muscles of the ladies.  Despite the fatigue and the frustration, they fought and scraped to stay in the match losing the last two sets 17-25 and 16-25.  Zoie Garcia led the team in kills and the player of the match was junior, Natalie Macias.

    On Deck:
    Galena Park will host Heights High School on Tuesday, August 13th at Galena Park High School’s Competition Gym.  The freshman match will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the JV and the varsity matches.

    Sam Rayburn
    The JV volleyball team traveled across the channel to Sam Rayburn Thursday morning for the Texan Volleyball Tournament.  The tournament began with pool games where each team played two sets to 15 against the opposing team.  The win/loss record was then used to place the Jackets in bracket play for the remaining games.  Galena Park started the morning against La Porte High School where they battled back from a deficit to take the first set 17-15 but lost the second set 13 -15.  The second match was against a solid Dobie team that defeated G.P. 11-15 in both sets.  The final match of pool play was against Sam Rayburn’s B team in which Galena Park won 15-8 and 15-8 placing the Yellowjackets in third place from their pool. 

    The first match of bracket play began after a short break for lunch and it featured Channelview High School against the Lady Jackets.  Channelview served hard and had a big hitter who placed the ball well.  The Lady Jackets had some moments but a lack of focus and youth hindered their consistency.  The Lady Jackets lost the first bracket match 18-25 and 13-25. 

    The JV team will be back on the floor on Friday, August 9th against C.E. King at C.E. King High School.  The matches will begin at 4:30 pm.  The second part of the tournament will be Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 am at Sam Rayburn High School.