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
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
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
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.