STJ Volleyball Gets Ready For Goliad Tourney

St. Joe volleyball, off to a strong start under new head coach Summer Brooks.
The Lady Flyers are 6-2, with a win at East, and what coach Brooks told me was a high point of their season, their performance at the Columbus tournament. I talked with two St. Joe girls about how their season is going early on. Said middle hitter Maiya Tillman, “We’re playing pretty well with having a new team with a lot of people that haven’t played together.We’re doing pretty good.” Said outside hitter Mikah Sloan, “Our games are starting to pick up. We’re having less practice, which is a good and bad thing. But we’re playing really good. I’m really confident.”
Third ranked Goliad and St. Joe start play Thursday in the Goliad tournament.
The host Tigerettes play three games on day one, all in their event center, against Rockport at 9:00 a.m., then against Calhoun at 11:00 a.m, and winding up against Brazos at 1:00 p.m.. Also in that building, Calhoun plays Brazos at 10:00 a.m., then the Sandies play Rockport at 2:00 p.m.
The Lady Flyers will play three games on day one in the Goliad high school gym. They start against Karrnes City at 9:00 a.m, then they play Schulenburg at 11:00 a.m., winding up against London at 1;00 p.m. Friday in the tourney at the Event Center, East and Industrial each play three games.

Sara Hughes and Summer Ross finished the FIVB World Tour Finals with a 2-2 record. Although the team did not advance from pool play, there were a lot of positives.

Hughes and Ross, who were seeded 10 th , fell to Brazil’s fourth-seeded Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado in their first pool play match, 24-22, 21-18.

The U.S. team beat the top-seeded German team of Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, 14-21, 21-19, 15-8 in their second pool play match.

In their third match, they took Canada’s fifth-seeded Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson to three before losing, 22-20, 14-21, 15-10.

Their fourth pool play match was a must-win if they hoped to advance. Hughes and Ross did beat eighth-seeded Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink of Netherlands, 21-15, 24-22, but other results did not work in their favor.

In their first season as a team, Hughes and Ross say they have learned a lot.

“We’re figuring things out still,” Ross said. “It’s cool that we have this base to work from. We just can’t wait to get better next year.”

“It’s been such a smooth transition for Summer and I,” Hughes added. “The first time we stepped on the court together, it felt really natural. It’s been very exciting. Jose Loiola, our coach, has been teaching us so much. Every tournament we’re progressing and getting better.”

MANAHATTAN BEACH NORCECA QUALIFIER

Olympians Nicole Branagh, Lauren Fendrick, Jake Gibb, Casey Patterson, Reid Priddy, April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings will be among those competing on Wednesday in the USA Volleyball NORCECA Qualifier, beginning at 9 a.m. on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Teams will be competing to qualify for the NORCECA event in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic on Oct. 4-7.

The qualifier matches will begin at 9 a.m. with finals for men at 3 p.m. and finals for women at 4 p.m.

Courtesy USA Volleyball

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