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Owls’ signs promising at Floresville tourney

Floresville -- After a forgettable tourney in Wimberley and a Tuesday dual at Medina Valley, the Hondo Owls began to spring to life, playing much better volleyball on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23, in the Jaguar Classic at Floresville.

Playing a total of seven matches in the two days, the Owls went 3-4, reaching the consolation semifinals.

In Friday’s action, where the 20 teams in the tourney were divided into four pools, the Owls went 2-2.

Hondo snapped its losing skid with its first match on Friday, beating Cole, 25-18, 25-12.

They followed that with a win over Memorial, 25-18, 25-22, but were edged out in a hard-fought match with district-rival Lytle, 25-22, 23-25, 24-26. The final match in pool play on Friday was against Corpus Christi Moody, which rolled to a 25-11, 25-19 win.

As the #3 seed coming out of the Black Pool, the Owls opened play on Saturday, against the #2 seed in the White Pool, 6A Laredo United. The Longhorns, who finished the tournament in fifth place, crushed the Owls, 25-7, 25-7.

Hondo rebounded with a straight set win over Fox Tech, 25-10, 25-12, before falling in three sets in the consolation semifinals to a solid team from San Marcos, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17. The Rattlers advanced to the consolation finals, where they beat John Jay in two of three sets.

Holmes was the overall tournament champ, beating Floresville in the finals, three sets to one.

Hondo dominates Cole

By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor

Trailing for only two out of 107 points in the match, the Hondo volleyball team put together a solid start-to-finish showing Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, in a three-set win over Cole in the Activities Center.

The Owls recorded a 25-8, 25-10, 25-14 win over the Cougars, to climb to 5-12 on the year.

Hondo will host Somerset on Friday at 4:30, then will go to Jourdanton for a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday.

Hondo cut way back on the number of unforced errors in the match, with only 10 for the game.

The Owls had steadily pulled away to a 14-7 lead in the first set, before a Maddy Ainsley service run took Hondo all the way to 22-7.

In the second set, Ainsley started off at the service line as Hondo scored the first six points. The Owls put it away with Ashley Poole serving from 13-9 all the way to 22-9.

Finally, in the third set, service runs from Poole and Kalli Gardenhire helped put the match in the books. Hondo trailed only twice on the evening, both in the third set, at 1-0 and 3-2.

Schedule change: home game Friday

A change in the schedule has added a home contest for the Hondo volleyball teams. And it creates, for the only time this season, the opportunity for Owl fans to attend varsity volleyball and football contests on the same day in the same town.

The Owls will host Somerset this Friday, Aug. 29, with the varsity starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Activities Center. The JV and freshmen will follow at approximately 6 p.m. in the AC and in the old gym, respectively.

Hondo’s football game with Boerne kicks off at 7:30 at Barry Field.

Because of communication confusion, the Owls thought they were in the Comfort Tournament this weekend, but were actually not. The matches with Somerset were added in the past week.



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