Volleyball: Pearland ready for top tourney
Clear Creek, Pearland and Clear Brook hope to make a strong statement while representing District 24-5A at this week's Spring Branch ISD Volleyball Tournament, which features an old-school 32-team bracket with no pool play.
Clear Creek (Class 5A No. 4) and Pearland (5A No. 6) are among the nine tournament teams in the preseason area rankings, along with No. 1 Cy Woods, No. 2 Cy Falls, No. 5 Katy, No. 7 College Park and No. 8 Klein Collins, and Class 4A/others No. 4 Stratford and No. 7 Foster, and with all those good teams, there's an accompanying abundance of top players.
ABOUT THE EVENT
• What: 2011 Spring Branch ISD Volleyball Tournament
• When: Thursday-Saturday
• Where: Don Coleman Coliseum, Stratford, Spring Woods, Northbrook High Schools, and Memorial Middle School
• What's at stake: Team championship at a prestigious event
• Pearland players to watch: L Katarina Morton, MB Autumn Taylor, S Haley Morton, DS Beth Shecterle, OH Kat Evans, MB Ashlee Vann, RS Courtlyn Castle, DS Waverly Sadler, RS Rolla Turk
• Clear Creek players to watch: OH Ashley Smith, S Courtney Richardson, L Natalie Piznar, RS Kaela Ibrahim, MB Ariel Froeschl, DS Courtney Childers
• Clear Brook players to watch: OH Anita Permenter, S-RS Crystal Young, OH Darian Lockwood, RS-DS Desiree Scott, DS Allie Bevolo
• Other players to watch: Cy Woods' Chloe Collins, Victoria Arenas, Sarah Nielsen; Katy's Rachel Hollywood, Lydia McKay, Jordan Moore; College Park's Katie Mitchell, Michelle Griffin
• Teams: All teams play another match at 6 or 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the same location, and action continues from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. The early game times on Friday allow teams to schedule another non-district match later that day, if they choose to. Tournament action begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, with the consolation finals at 1 p.m. at Stratford High School, and the third-place game at noon and the championship match at 1:30 p.m. at Don Coleman Coliseum (1050 Dairy Ashford Road, Houston 77079) É In addition to Spring Branch tournament action, Clear Brook plays a non-district match at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Dobie. Pearland and Clear Creek will not play another match after Friday's tourney games, and Clear Creek is also open on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
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