Hondo senior libero Cassidy Reus, with Jessica Gruber in the background, passes to the front row during the Owls’ Friday afternoon sweep of Pearsall. The Owls host Uvalde Friday.

Hondo volleyball stays atop the 30-4A standings


By Jeff Berger

Anvil Herald Publisher


     Two more district matches and two more sweeps.

     The Hondo Owl volleyball won twice in the past week, defeating Pearsall on the road, 25-14, 25-19, 25-10, Friday afternoon, Oct. 11. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Owls began the second half of the District 30-4A schedule, sweeping Carrizo Springs, 25-16, 25-13, 25-12.

Hondo is now 5-0 in league play and has officially clinched a playoff spot. The Owls are 26-9 on the season. 

     This Friday, Oct. 15, they’ll be at home again hosting Uvalde in district play starting at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Owls will go to Jourdanton for a 6:30 p.m. non-district match.

     Friday at Pearsall, the Owls took charge early in the first set, going on a 16-5 run to take a 17-7 lead. During that stretch, Madi Sotelo, Jaclyn Leyva, Emory Brandon and Jessica Gruber all had kills. Gruber added another to end the set at 25-14.

     Pearsall led for much of the second set, taking the lead at 5-4 and carrying it to 16-15, leading by as many as five points on the way. After the score was tied once more at 19, the Owls ran off the final six points of the set, getting kills from Madi Rodriguez and Gruber, with four Lady Maverick errors in between.

     Hondo broke a 3-3 tie in the third set and led the rest of the way. A pair of kills and a block from Leyva, the same from Anna Schultz, two kills from Sotelo, and a kill from Brandon to end the match, wrapped things up at 25-10.

     Tuesday at home, the Owls and Ladycats were close up to 12-12 in the first set. At that point, Hondo pulled away for a 13-4 run to finish it out. The Owls scored seven straight points on an ace from Gruber, a push from Rodriguez, two kills from Brandon, one from Lindy Berger and a kill from Leyva to end the set.

     Hondo broke a 3-3 tie in set 2 with nine straight points, starting with an ace from Raegyn Villa, two Brandon kills and one from Rodriguez.  Pearsall scored four of the next five points before Hondo went back on the offensive, scoring seven of the next eight. Rodriguez had an ace, while Leyva, Berger and Schultz had kills to go up 20-8. The teams then traded points to 25-13.

     Pearsall kept it as close as 7-6 in the third set, but the Owls put it out of reach with an eight-point run. Kills from Schultz, Berger, Sotelo and Gruber extended Hondo’s lead to 15-6. After the Lady Mavs had cut the lead down to seven, a block from Berger sparked another run, with kills from Rodriguez and Schultz, and two aces from Rodriguez to end the match.



Anna Schultz goes for the kill over two Pearsall defenders in action last Friday at PHS. The Owl volleyball team is currently on top of the standings in District 30-4A, with a 5-0 mark, 26-9 on the year.



Emory Brandon puts it on the floor for the Owls as they record the sweep of Pearsall last Friday. Hondo will host Uvalde in district play this Friday at 4:30 p.m., and will travel to Jourdanton for a non-district match on Tuesday evening.