(Orange, Texas)

August 10, 2013

Volleyball season nears; schedules

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — While the football players are sweating bullets out on the practice fields, high school volleyball players have been doing the same in their respective gymnasiums.

Volleyball teams have already got a couple scrimmages behind them and will start the season for real this coming week, nearly two weeks before school starts.

Both the District 20-4A and 21-3A volleyball races should be tight once again and all of the Orange County teams should be right in the hunt, battling for playoff berths.

Over at Little Cypress-Mauriceville, long-time coach Vicki Castino will try to get the Lady Bears back into the postseason after a rare abesence last season. She will welcome back a slew of experience that should help pave the way.

The Lady Bears have a few nice hitters back in the forms of Sarah Woods, Malaysia Winbush and Jade Piper.

The Lady Bears will open the season Tuesday on the road at Hamshire-Fannett. They will compete in the Pearland, Danta Fe and YMBL tournaments and will open 20-4A play Sept. 10 at Beaumont Central.

Coach Megan Adams led the Orangefield Lady Bobcats to a superb 28-6 mark, a 21-3A title and a trip to the 3A Region III quarterfinals last year, led by a very talented groupof seniors. The Lady Bobcats will be young this year, but the cupboard is far from bare including Taylor Benoit, who was 21-3A’s Newcomer of the Year and a member of the All-Orange Leader Team.

Orangefield opens the season Tuesday against a talented Tarkington squad. They will also compete in the Vidor and YMBL tournaments. The Lady Bobcats open 21-3A action Sept. 10 at home against Silsbee.

Bridge City and long-time head coach Becca Mathews barely missed the playoffs last year for the first time in awhile and the Lady Cardinals, who were very young last year, have a ton of talent back, led by the likes of Alexus Henry as they could be a early 21-3A favorite.

The Lady Cardinals will host Port Neches-Groves and Dayton in a tri-match Tuesday. Bridge City will also participate in the Huffman, Dickinson and Santa Fe tournament. They will open 21-3A action Sept. 10 at Buna.

The West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs, led by long-time coach Gwen Kelly-Hall will crank up their campaign Tuesday at Beaumont Ozen. WO-S will also compete in the Vidor, Buna and YMBL tournaments and will start 21-3A action Sept. 10 at home against Hamshire-Fannett.


Aug. 13: at Hamshire-Fannett

Aug. 15-17: at Pearland Tournament

Aug. 20: at Silsbee

Aug. 23: at PA Memorial

Aug. 27: at WO-S

Aug. 29-31: at Santa Fe Tournament

Aug. 30: West Brook

Sept. 5-7: at YMBL Tournament

Sept. 6: at Bridge City

Sept. 10: at Central*

Sept. 17: Nederland*

Sept. 20: at Vidor*

Sept. 24: at Ozen*

Sept. 27: Livingston*

Oct. 1: Lumberton*

Oct. 4: at PN-G*

Oct. 8: Central*

Oct. 11: at Nederland*

Oct. 15: Vidor*

Oct. 18: Ozen*

Oct. 22: at Livingston*

Oct. 25: at Lumberton*

Oct. 29: PN-G*


Aug. 13: PN-G, Dayton

Aug. 15-17: at Huffman Tournament

Aug. 16: Nederland

Aug. 20: at Lumberton

Aug. 22-24: at Dickinson Tournament

Aug. 23: at Central

Aug. 27: at Ozen, West Brook

Aug. 29-31: at Santa Fe Tournament

Aug. 30: Kirbyville

Sept. 3: Vidor

Sept. 6: LC-M

Sept. 10: at Buna*

Sept. 20: at WO-S*

Sept. 24: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Sept. 27: Buna*

Oct. 1: Orangefield*

Oct. 8: Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 11: at Silsbee*

Oct. 15: WO-S*

Oct. 18: Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 22: at Orangefield*

Oct. 25: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 29: Silsbee*


Aug. 13: at Tarkington

Aug. 15-17: at Vidor Tournament

Aug. 16: at Lumberton

Aug. 20: at PN-G

Aug. 30: Nederland

Sept. 5-7: at YMBL Tournament

Sept. 10: Silsbee*

Sept. 17: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Sept. 20: Buna*

Sept. 24: at WO-S*

Sept. 27: at Silsbee*

Oct. 1: at Bridge City*

Oct. 4: Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 11: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 15: at Buna*

Oct. 18: WO-S*

Oct. 22: Bridge City*

Oct. 29: Hardin-Jefferson*


Aug. 13: at Ozen

Aug. 15-17: at Vidor Tournament

Aug. 16: Port Arthur Memorial

Aug. 20: at Vidor

Aug. 22-24: at Buna Tournament

Aug. 23: Hemphill

Aug. 27: LC-M

Aug. 30: at Central

Sept. 6: East Chambers

Sept. 5-7: at YMBL Tournament

Sept. 10: Hamshire-Fannett*

Sept. 13: Kountze

Sept. 17: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Sept. 20: Bridge City*

Sept. 24: Orangefield*

Sept. 27: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 1: at Silsbee*

Oct. 4: Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 8: at Buna*

Oct. 15: at Bridge City*

Oct. 18: at Orangefield*

Oct. 22: Silsbee*

Oct. 25: Buna*