Matadors capture Silver Bracket crown in home tournament, Navarro falls short in Gold Bracket
(Seguin) – The Seguin High School volleyball team finished up their annual Matador Invitational Tournament on a positive note Saturday, capping a busy three-day stretch with a 3-0 run to the Silver Bracket championship. 
After three wins and three losses during pool play on Thursday and Friday, the Matadors steamrolled through Saturday’s competition in bracket play, earning 2-0 sweeps over San Antonio-Memorial (25-21, 25-7), Tuluso-Midway (25-12, 25-16), and Victoria East (25-15, 25-21). 

Abby Cheek led Seguin offensively in the win over Memorial, notching seven kills.  Miranda Garcia set for 10 assists, while Leslie Gonzalez collected a team-high nine digs and sent three aces over the net.  Sydney Riordan finished with two blocks. 

Riordan was strong at the net against Midway, totaling eight kills and 2.5 blocks.  Kaylie Koenen put up nine assists, while Gonzalez and Cassie Coyle each delivered three service aces.  Gonzalez again sparked the team defensively with 18 digs. 

The win over Victoria East saw Riordan and Mykaeli Franklin each put away eight kills, with Koenen distributing 10 assists.  Gonzalez recorded 10 digs, and Coyle had one block.  Garcia and Riordan each served up an ace. 

The Matadors opened the tournament with two wins and a loss in Thursday’s pool-play matches.  Seguin defeated Stockdale in three games (23-25, 25-15, 25-21), lost to San Antonio-Stevens in two tightly contested games (29-27, 25-22), and outlasted Clemens in three (22-25, 25-19, 25-21). 

Riordan sent 12 kills over the net against Stockdale, and Garcia set for 20 assists.  Coyle served for two aces and led the team with 2.5 blocks, and Gonzalez scooped up 19 digs. 

Riordan had another double-digit kill performance in the loss to Stevens, this time finishing with 10.  Koenen was the assist leader with nine, while Coyle and Riordan delivered the team’s only two aces. Gonzalez totaled 17 digs, and Jessie Herbold had two blocks. 

The win over Clemens produced 17 kills from Riordan and 13 more from Franklin.  Garcia and Koenen distributed 21 and 20 assists, respectively, and Koenen also lead the Mats with three aces.  Gonzalez was good enough defensively to compile 25 digs, and Herbold again recorded a team-high two blocks.

Friday, the pools were realigned based on Thursday’s results, and Seguin went 1-2 in three matches.  The Matadors fell to Marshall (25-18, 25-23) and Brandeis (25-22, 25-18) in two straight games, but defeated San Antonio-Kennedy in two (25-5, 25-11). 

In the loss to Marshall, Riordan hit for seven kills, while Garcia delivered 11 assists and two aces.  Gonzalez came up with 23 digs, and Coyle had 1.5 blocks. 

The Brandeis match saw Riordan total nine kills and a team-high 15 digs, while Gonzalez added 10 digs. Coyle and Gonzalez each served one ace, Garcia delivered nine assists, and Haley Zies notched two blocks. 

Riordan posted seven kills in the win over Kennedy, and Garcia set for 14 assists.  The Matadors were dominant at the service line, totaling 15 aces as a team, with Dallas Eddy sending four over the net, while Cheek, Gonzalez, and Garcia each had three, and Riordan added two. Gonzalez finished with seven digs. 

Seguin went 6-3 in tournament play, and defeated San Antonio-Memorial 3-0 (25-12, 25-6, 25-11) in a District 27-5A match Tuesday night to move to 1-1 in district, 14-13 overall.  The complete story recapping Tuesday's match will appear in Thursday's Seguin Daily News and at www.seguintoday.com

The Navarro volleyball team also competed in Seguin’s tournament, going 5-3 over the course of the three-day event.  Thursday, the Panthers went 2-1 in pool play, defeating Fox Tech 2-0, falling to Marshall 2-1, and beating Victoria East 2-0.  Friday, Navarro again won two of its three pool play matches to earn a spot in the Gold Bracket.  The Panthers swept Stockdale and Tuluso-Midway in two straight, but lost to Boerne 2-1.  Navarro swept Flour Bluff 2-0 in the first Gold Bracket match Saturday, but bowed out in the semifinals with a 2-0 loss to Clemens.

The Panthers, followed the tournament with a 3-1 road win over Shiner on Tuesday, improving their record to 19-9.  That story will appear in Thursday's Seguin Daily News, and online at www.seguintoday.com



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