Bryan head volleyball coach Chelsie Lemley didn’t realize just how close the scores were in her team’s 3-0 win over Tomball Memorial in its District 14-6A opener Tuesday.

Bryan won 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 to improve to 12-16 overall.

“I thought they stayed really composed,” Lemley said of her Lady Vikings. “I think they did a really good job of talking each other through some tight situations.”

Lemley said the team used a varied attack, and her middle blockers, junior Heaven Dunn and sophomore Morgan Riley, helped Bryan put up a good wall defensively.

“We recorded six total blocks, but we got a lot of really great touches that slowed the ball down a lot for us that I think helped,” Lemley said.

Bryan will continue 14-6A play when it hosts Langham Creek at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Viking Gym.

Bremond healing as district nears

The Bremond community is no stranger to winning. The Tigers have had plenty of success on the football field, and head volleyball coach Sarah Luce thinks her team is ready for new heights on the court. Bremond reached the Class 2A Region II quarterfinals last season, its deepest playoff run in 16 years, and is ready for more.

“We’ve had all that excitement with the football, and the girls program has steadily been building and steadily been building, and last year I think was really an eye-opener for the girls as to what they can actually accomplish,” Luce said. “They’re just hungry. They want to be at the regional tournament, and they want to make a name for themselves.”

The Lady Tigers (16-8) dealt with injuries during nondistrict games, but plenty of underclassmen were there to take on big roles as Bremond finished second at the Franklin tournament, playing against a field that included Burton and No. 9 Thrall. Two freshmen, defensive specialist Braydi Wilganowski and setter Sophia Gouge, have stepped up for Bremond. Sophomore Lyndsie McBride, juniors Abby White, Haylee Hughes and Makayla Pruitt and senior Bailee Gaspard helped keep the Lady Tigers steady as they worked through injuries.

“The majority of my team is juniors, so they’ve been building for this season for a while now,” Luce said. “It’s their time. We beefed up the schedule this year. We went to bigger tournaments. With the injuries, it makes it kind of tough, but I’m still happy with the way we’ve competed in the situations we’ve been in.”

With just two matches until 16-2A action starts, Bremond is getting healthy at the right time.

The Lady Tigers’ libero Natasha Gouge is going through the concussion protocol, and junior outside hitter Alyvia Peralez missed time with a rotator cuff injury, but Luce thinks she will be back Friday at Burton. The Lady Tigers beat the Lady Panthers when the two met in the Franklin tournament, and this matchup at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Burton should pose another challenge.

“They have some good disciplined players,” Luce said. “They have some all-state players, so we just have to step our end up to play competition like that. I’m excited to play them.”

No. 2 Iola remains undefeated

Iola continues its relentless streak through its nondistrict schedule, winning the Snook tournament over the weekend and beating Navasota 25-14, 25-7, 25-13 on Tuesday to improve to 27-0 this season. Iola will host Bellville Faith Academy in its next match at 4 p.m. Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs are second in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 2A/A poll, and they aren’t alone. Leon (23-3) is right behind them in third.

In 4A, Caldwell checked in at No. 7 after holding the fifth spot last week. The Lady Hornets are 25-3 after wins against Burton and Rockdale in nondistrict matches last week and a 29-27, 25-22, 25-20 win over Lexington on Tuesday.

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