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Eustace hosts volleyball tournament

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25 teams take part in three-day tournament


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EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs hosted their annual varsity volleyball tournament Aug. 15-17 at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium.
The tournament saw 25 teams from around Cedar Creek Lake as well as some teams that travelled down for the annual tournament.
The tournament began early Thursday morning with the Athens Lady Hornets taking on Elkhart in the first game of the weekend.
Athens opened a 7-3 lead over Elkhart to begin the first set of the morning. After Elkhart battled back to tie the first set 7-7, Athens went on a 5-0 run to move back in front 12-7. After Athens increased their lead to 20-13, Elkhart took their first timeout of the day. Athens would finish off Elkhart 25-17 in the first set of their best-of-three series.
After falling behind to Elkhart early 5-3, Athens worked their way back in front with a 9-3 run to take a 12-11 lead. Athens went on an 8-6 run to increase their lead to 20-17 late. The Lady Hornets closed out the sweep with a 25-22 win to take the set two games to zero.
Athens then took on Cayuga later in the morning after a two-game break. Cayuga started off strong with an 8-1 run to force Athens to take their first timeout of the day. An 11-3 run increased Cayuga’s lead to 19-4. Athens managed just four more points as they fell 25-8 in the first set.
Cayuga once again jumped in front of Athens 10-5 in the second set. A 7-4 run by the Lady Hornets cut Cayuga’s lead to 14-12. A 9-3 run put the Athens’ comeback out of reach as they eventually fell 25-16 and lost two sets to none.
Athens was in for their toughest series of the day as they took on Palmer. The two teams started off tied 5-5 in the first set. Athens then went on a 7-2 run to jump in front 12-7. Athens would eventually finish off Palmer 25-15 in the first set to put Palmer’s back against the wall.
After Athens took an early 4-1 lead early, Palmer stormed back with a 6-0 run to take a 7-4 lead. An 8-5 run from Athens tied the set at 12-12. Palmer jumped back in front with a 12-7 run and finished off Athens to take the second set 25-21 to force a decisive third set.
Palmer took an early 4-1 lead before Athens moved back in front of Palmer 5-4. The two teams sat tied 13-13 late in the set as both teams wouldn’t give an inch. A 7-2 run late put Palmer in the lead 20-15. Athens managed just three more points as they fell to Palmer 25-18 as they lost two sets to one.
Eustace began the afternoon portion of the tournament with a battle against Life School Oak Cliff.
The Lady Bulldogs and Life School Oak Cliff began the set battling back and forth, sitting tied 7-7.
Eustace nearly ran the table the rest of the way in the first set as they defeated Life School Oak Cliff 25-8.
The two teams once again sat tied early in the second set 5-5. A 13-7 run by Eustace put them back in front 18-12. Eustace finished off Life School Oak Cliff 25-13 to win two sets to zero.
Eustace followed that up with a two-set sweep of Jacksonville with 25-17 and 25-11 set wins Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up another sweep with a 25-11 win in the first set and a 25-17 win in the second set over Winona Thursday night.
Eustace then took on cross-town district rival Malakoff, topping the Lady Tigers 25-17 and 25-18 to begin the bracket portion of the tournament Saturday morning.
Eustace then battled Canton in three full sets. Eustace took the first set by a score of 25-23 before falling 25-8 in the second set to force a decisive third set. Eustace would eventually fall 25-21 to Canton in the final set.
Eustace would eventually drop their final game against Mabank as they fell two sets to none by scores of 25-14 and 25-18.
Kemp dropped their first game of the tournament Friday morning against Mildred with 25-8 and 25-17 losses. Kemp followed that up with two losses to a tough Kaufman squad by scores of 25-15 and 25-18. Kemp ended Saturday being swept two sets to zero against Elkhart.
Mabank began the tournament Thursday afternoon with 25-19 and 25-20 wins over Blooming Grove in a two-set sweep in the best-of-three.
The Lady Panthers dropped their second game of the day against Scurry-Rosser with a 25-16 loss in the first set and a tough 27-25 loss in the second set.
Mabank swept Palestine with a 25-14 and 25-21 win in two sets Thursday night to wrap up the Thursday portion of the tournament.
Mabank took on Mildred to begin the bracket portion of the tournament Saturday morning. Mabank took two wins by final scores of 25-20 and 25-19. Mabank dropped two more sets to Scurry-Rosser Saturday afternoon 25-19 and 25-10 to send them into the third-place game against host Eustace. Mabank swept Eustace 25-14 and 25-18 to take home third place from the tournament.
Malakoff topped Trinidad 25-18 and 25-15 in two straight sets. Malakoff ended the tournament with a loss to host Eustace 25-17 and 25-18.
Trinidad started the tournament Friday morning against East Texas Christian Academy (ETCA) with a dominating 25-6 win in the first set and ended with another commanding performance as they downed ETCA 25-8.
Trinidad ended Friday with a 25-15 win in their first set against North Dallas. The Lady Trojans added another 25-17 win in the second set to finish the sweep.
Trinidad began the bracket portion of Saturday with a two-set sweep of Winona before falling in two straight sets to Palmer by scores of 25-17 and 25-22.



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