The Willis Ladykats reeled off sweeps of Quitman (25-9, 25-18), Van (26-24, 25-19) and Tyler Lee (26-24, 25-20) to begin the Tyler ISD Tournament on Thursday.
Willis (16-6) takes a six-match winning streak into the second day of pool play on Friday.
Leading the Ladykats against Quitman was Jasmin Kelly with six. Isabelle Sundquist had 10 assists while Erin Bond had seven.
Against Van, Taylor Thomas had 10 kills, Bond had 11 digs and Sundquist had 19 assists.
Kelly and Georgia Everett each had six kills, Bond had 10 digs and Sundquist had 16 assists.
HIGHLANDERS COME AWAY WITH THREE VICTORIES
The Woodlands Lady Highlanders played three close matches to begin the Leander Volleypalooza Tournament.
The Woodlands moved over the 20-win mark already in just the third week of the season after wins over Grapevine (25-18, 17-25, 25-22), McKinney (25-22, 25-13) and Lake Travis (23-25, 25-10, 25-17).
The Lady Highlanders (22-1), ranked No. 2 by the TGCA in Class 6A, were led by Dylan Maberry against McKinney. The senior had eight kills and five digs. Amanda Ifeanyi added five kills and two blocks. Clara Brower had a double-double of 17 assists and 10 digs.
Maberry then had 13 kills against Lake Travis and 10 digs for a double-double. Ifeanyi had nine kills and nine blocks. Jackie Lee led in digs with 22 while Brower had 10 and 33 assists for another double-double.
Stats from the first match of the day against Grapevine were unavailable.
The Woodlands will play a second round of pool play Friday against Vandegrift, Austin Westlake and Aledo.
MONTGOMERY HAS TOUGH DAY
The Montgomery Bears lost its three pool play matches at Leander Volleypalooza on Thursday.
The Bears succumbed to Dripping Springs (25-9, 25-14), Vandegrift (25-15, 25-16) and Stratford (20-25, 25-17, 25-23).
Raina McWhirter had four kills against Dripping Springs while Kendall Sadler and Ally Williams each had five digs. Williams led in assists with six.
Against Vandegrift, Bri Wofford had six kills, McWhirter had seven assists and seven digs while Peyton Siegriest also had seven digs.
Maddy Wofford had 12 kills and 12 digs against Stratford while Bri Wofford added seven kills. Williams had 18 assists and 11 digs. Sadler ended with 10 digs.
Montgomery (7-13) will face McKinney, Cinco Ranch and San Antonio Johnson in a second round of pool play on Friday.
OAK RIDGE TAKES THREE LOSSES
To start pool play at Leander Volleypalooza, Oak Ridge stumbled three times Thursday. Vista Ridge (25-22, 17-25, 25-19), Flower Mound Marcus (25-21, 25-19) and Canyon Randall (25-17, 25-16) each came away with wins.
Alex Singleton totaled 16 kills and 28 digs on the day for the Lady War Eagles (8-7).
Madison Hall had 17 kills while Katie Mullen had 14.
Julia Neveu had 52 digs while Piper Boydstun had 41 assists and 17 digs. Avery Fowler added 22 assists and nine digs.
On Friday, Oak Ridge will face Amarillo, Waco Midway and Tomball Memorial in a second round of pool play.
MUSTANGS HAVE ROUGH START AT VOLLEYPALOOZA
Magnolia West faced the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A among challengers on Thursday during pool play of Leander Volleypalooza.
The Mustangs fell to Clear Springs (15-25, 25-20, 25-13), Gregory-Portland (25-7, 25-10) and Amarillo (25-22, 25-17). Gregory-Portland is the current top team in Class 5A.
Alyssa May had 24 kills, 19 digs and 19 assists over the three matches for Magnolia West. May also had five blocks. Evyn Snook had 11 kills, 14 digs and 29 assists. Ally Wendel led in digs with 30.
The Mustangs (6-8) are set to face Vista Ridge, Pearland and Cypress Ranch in the second day of pool play on Friday.
GOOD START FOR GRIZZLIES
Grand Oaks went 2-1 to start the Under Armour Texas Showdown at Smithson Valley ISD.
The Grizzlies sandwiched a win over Antonian Prep (23-25, 25-18, 25-19), a loss to San Antonio O’Connor (25-12, 25-14) and a victory over Medina Valley (29-30, 25-20, 25-16).
No other information was available.
Grand Oak (15-5) will face New Braunfels, Bridgeland and Holy Cross in a second round of pool play on Friday.