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Volleyball starts off season with conditioning

It was time for conditioning and hitting the courts for local high school volleyball teams Thursday as it was the first day to issue equipment and conduct workouts.

The first day that scrimmages are allowed against an opposing team was Saturday. Aug. 3 and the first day of official matches will be Aug. 8 for all of our local teams.

Several teams will be turning towards a youth movement this year as a lot of graduated talent has moved on but there are plenty of players ready to meet the challenge.

The 2018 local volleyball season brought a ton of exciting moments, including a three-round playoff run by the Orangefield Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Bobcats finished the season with a tremendous 31-10 record as the program loved their drop to the Class 3A ranks.

Head coach Ashlee Broussard watched her team post an amazing 12-2 record in a very competitive District 22-3A loop.

That was followed by two big four-game playoffs wins over Diboll in the bidistrict round and Anderson-Shiro in the area round before the Lady Bobcats fell to a dominant East Bernard squad.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears punched in yet another playoff ticket.

The Lady Bears (24-16), who had won two straight district titles, started their district season slowly but ran off five victories in their last six matches to earn the third-place playoff berth.

Long-time Bridge City coach Becca Mathews saw her Lady Cardinals go 3-7 in a very competitive District 22-4A race. The Lady Cardinals made excellent strides, especially in the second half of district action, forcing the top seeds into tough five-game matches.

Meanwhile, the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs will look to improve with a young team after they went through a 0-12 district campaign.

Three of the teams will kick off their season Aug. 8-10 at the Woodville Tournament, including Bridge City, Orangefield and LC-M.

WO-S will crank up its season Aug. 9 at Port Arthur Memorial.

 

2019 VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULES

 

BRIDGE CITY

Aug. 8-10: at Woodville Tournament

Aug. 13: Kelly

Aug. 16: at Deweyville

Aug. 20: Orangefield

Aug. 23: Nederland

Aug. 27: Vidor

Aug. 29-31: at Santa Fe Tournament

Aug. 30: East Chambers

Sept. 3: at Sabine Pass

Sept. 6: at Buna

Sept. 10: Hamshire-Fannett*

Sept. 13: at Silsbee*

Sept. 17: Hardin-Jefferson*

Sept. 20: LC-M*

Sept. 24: at Lumberton*

Oct. 1: at WO-S*

Oct. 4: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 8: Silsbee*

Oct. 11: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 15: at LC-M*

Oct. 18: Lumberton*

Oct. 25: WO-S*

 

LC-M

Aug. 8-10: at Woodville Tournament

Aug. 13: PA Memorial

Aug. 15-17: at Aldine Tournament

Aug. 20: at Nederland

Aug. 23: West Brook

Aug. 27: Woodville

Aug. 30: at Vidor

Sept. 3: at Sulphur (La.)

Sept. 5-7: at YMBL Tournament

Sept. 10: Hardin-Jefferson*

Sept. 13: Liberty

Sept. 17: at Lumberton*

Sept. 20: at Bridge City*

Sept. 24: at WO-S*

Sept. 27: Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 1: Silsbee*

Oct. 4: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 11: Lumberton*

Oct. 15: Bridge City*

Oct. 18: WO-S*

Oct. 22: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 25: at Silsbee*

 

ORANGEFIELD

Aug. 8-10: at Woodville Tournament

Aug. 13: Vidor

Aug. 15-17: at Orangefield Tournament

Aug. 16: at Diboll

Aug. 20: at Bridge City

Aug. 23: Kelly

Aug. 27: at Deweyville

Aug. 30: Liberty

Sept. 3: at Hardin-Jefferson

Sept. 5-7: at YMBL Tournament

Sept. 10: at Jasper

Sept. 13: Warren*

Sept. 17: at East Chambers*

Sept. 20: at Anahuac*

Sept. 24: Hardin*

Sept. 27: Buna*

Oct. 1: at Kountze*

Oct. 4: at Kirbyville*

Oct. 8: at Warren*

Oct. 11: East Chambers*

Oct. 15: Anahuac*

Oct. 18: at Hardin*

Oct. 22: at Buna*

Oct. 25: Kountze*

Oct. 29: Kirbyville*

 

WEST ORANGE-STARK

Aug. 9: at PA Memorial

Aug. 13: at Deweyville

Aug. 15-17: at Orangefield Tournament

Aug. 16: at Newton

Aug. 20: at Kountze

Aug. 23: at East Chambers

Aug. 27: at Buna

Aug. 30: at Beaumont United

Sept. 5-7: at YMBL Tournament

Sept. 13: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Sept. 17: Silsbee*

Sept. 20: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Sept. 24: LC-M*

Sept. 27: at Lumberton*

Oct. 1: Bridge City*

Oct. 8: Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 11: at Silsbee*

Oct. 15: Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 18: at LC-M*

Oct. 22: Lumberton*

Oct. 25: at Bridge City*