Two local teams have risen to the top in separate large volleyball tournaments and will compete among each event’s top eight teams today.

Dickinson went undefeated Thursday in its home tournament, and will look to defend its court today, beginning with a match against Manvel at noon.

Featuring 40 teams, the Dickinson Tournament is the largest high school volleyball tournament in Galveston County and the second largest in the Houston area.

The field of 40 teams ties Dickinson’s 2012 event for the largest field in the tournament’s 21-year history. The defending champion, Alvin, will also be in the championship bracket. Dickinson holds the most all-time titles with five.

The Lady Gators stayed sharp for the tournament with a match Friday, handily defeating South Houston, 25-11, 25-12, 25-12, on the road.

Kaitlyn Larner led the Lady Gators in kills with 11, followed by Nayo Warnell with 10. Warnell also had six aces.

Arien Joyce had a team-best nine digs, and Hannah Westerlage led in assists with 16.

3 more wins for ‘Cats

The Clear Creek Wildcats advanced to the final eight teams of the Fraulein Volleyfest tournament in New Braunfels after going 3-0 on Friday, improving to 6-0 overall in the 32-team tournament.

Clear Creek concluded its Friday with a huge 27-25, 17-25, 25-20 win over the state’s No. 9-ranked 6A squad, Austin Westlake.

Melody Horton led the Wildcats with 18 kills. Alliston Donovan led the team in digs with 12, followed by Olivia Rigby with 11. Mariah Pardo had a team-high 34 assists.

The Wildcats were dominant in their second match of the day Friday, sweeping Smithson Valley, 25-12, 25-14.

Horton was Clear Creek’s kills leader with 11. Hannah Froeschl had four blocks. Rigby led in digs with nine, followed by Horton with seven. Pardo served up 22 assists.

Clear Creek opened the day Friday with a solid victory over Cedar Park Vista Ridge, winning 25-21, 25-13.

Melissa McNeil paced the Wildcats in kills with 10. Rigby had a team-high 15 digs. Pardo again led in assists with 17.


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