Lady Eagles take consolation gold in annual tourney

Lady Eagles prepare to return Splendora’s serve at Woodville’s volleyball tournament last weekend. (Jason Drake photo)Lady Eagles prepare to return Splendora’s serve at Woodville’s volleyball tournament last weekend. (Jason Drake photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Lady Eagles hosted their annual volleyball tournament last Thursday and Saturday at the Woodville Eagle summit. Teams playing in the tournament were Woodville, Splendora, Beaumont West Brook, Diboll, Liberty, Corrigan-Camden, Deweyville, West Hardin, Coldspring, Hull-Daisetta, Huntington, Cleveland, Kirbyville, Groveton, Colmesneil and Jasper. The Lady Eagles went 3-0 on Thursday in pool play. Woodville defeated Jasper, West Hardin and Coldspring to advance to the Gold Bracket. The top two teams in the four pools advanced to the gold bracket, while the bottom two teams played in the silver bracket.

Woodville lost the first game of the gold bracket to the Splendora Ladycats 25-21, 21-25, 25-20. Shawnacy Williams led the Lady Eagles with seven kills, three blocks and eight assists. AveryTolar contributed six kills and two blocks, while Makala Kibble had four kills and eight digs. Morgan Poncho had ten assists. The second game faced the Lady Eagles against the Diboll Ladyjacks. Woodville was victorious in two games as they won 25-12, 25-23. The Lady Eagles came from a 22-14 deficit in game two to advance to the consolation game. Williams continued her excellent play with six kills and four assists. Tolar added four kills and two block and Poncho had six assists. The consolation gold game had Woodville facing West Hardin Lady Oilers. The Lady Eagles again found themselves victorious in two games 25-23, 25-17. Williams kicked in four kills, two blocks, and four assists. Tolar chipped in four kills and two blocks, while Kati Crenshaw hit four kill shots. Poncho again led in assists with four and had a game high four ace serves.

The varsity Lady Eagles will play in the Buna tournament Friday and Saturday, before hosting Groveton on Tuesday at 4:30. The Eagle football team had a strong showing against Corrigan-Camden in its opening scrimmage. Coach Mike Walde reported, "We played hard and lots of successes, but we have a long way to go." The Eagles will travel to San Augustine Thursday for its final scrimmage of the year.