PHOTO / CHARLES CARLSON

Jaclyn Leyva puts up a wall in the 4-set win over Devine.

PHOTO / CHARLES CARLSON

In varsity action, Jessica Gruber extends for a kill against Devine.

Hondo puts away Devine, drops match in Cuero

 

By Jeff Berger

Anvil Herald Publisher

 

     Hondo picked up its second volleyball win over Devine on Friday afternoon, Sept. 11,` in the HHS new gym, defeating the Arabians in four sets. The Owls came away with a 25-21, 25-19, 17-25, 25-17 win.

     Hondo never trailed in the opening set, and was never behind in the second set beyond a brief 4-3 Devine lead.

     On four occasions in the first set, the Owls led by as many as eight points, before Devine closed within three of the Owls at 24-21.

     With Emory Brandon serving, kills from Lindy Berger and Jessica Gruber, bookended around an ace, lifted the Owls to a 7-4 lead. From then on, Hondo never trailed in set 2, leading by as many as six points, with kills from all over the lineup, from Erin Magers,  Brandon, Anna Schultz and Jaclyn Leyva.

     The third set belonged to Devine, as the Owls’ final lead came at the 4-3 mark. The Arabians owned the third set, eventually pulling away to win it 25-17.

     Devine grabbed the early lead in the fourth set as well, but the Owls chipped away, tying it at 9-9, and taking their first lead at 12-11.

     With Berger serving, Hondo scored consecutive kills from Leyva, Schultz, Leyva (again), and Mager, followed by an ace for a 17-11 lead.

     The score was never closer than five points after that, as the Owls finished the set at 25-17.

Owls suffer loss at Cuero

     On Tuesday night, the Owls made the 150-mile (one way) trip to Cuero, and were dealt a loss in four sets. The Lady Gobblers picked up the win, 25-14, 24-26, 25-22, 25-19.

     Hondo was a little bus-lagged in the first set, but got their legs under them to rebound for a win in set 2. 

     But communication and passing errors plagued the Owls throughout the night, as they fell to 5-5 on the season.

     This Friday, Hondo will travel to Somerset for a 4:30 p.m. match. Their scheduled home match for this coming Tuesday against St. Anthony was canceled by the visiting team. Coach Alicia Gonzales is searching for a replacement opponent for the Sept. 22 date, which is Hondo’s final playing opportunity before the start of the District 30-4A race on Friday, Sept. 25, at home against Carrizo Springs.

     One change has taken place in the district volleyball schedule, in that all district  home matches  for the Owls will now be played in the new gym. Tuesday home events will begin at 5 p.m. with the freshmen, followed by JV and then varsity. Friday home matches will begin with the varsity at 4:30, followed by JV and then the freshmen.