The volleyball teams at Evans and Dowell Middle Schools in McKinney squared off Thursday night, Sept. 15, and the following details have been submitted to TSB from Dowell:
Evans-Dowell 8th Grade Matches
The Dowell Blue “B” team won their set in a steady two games, 25-21 and 25-17. Outstanding players for these three games were Carlee Ortiz for offensive with 6 straight serves and consistency and Skyler Edwards
for defensive player for her floor coverage and Hannah Sweeney was the overall player of the game with
11 serves, 2 kills and 1 tip.
Evans won the "A" game over Dowell Gold, 25-20, 25-17. Dowell's overall defensive player was Ashley Mollett for her floor coverage, outstanding offensive player was Lulu Hancock with 6 serves and 2 kills, and Jillian Duffin was the all-around player of the set with 2 aces, 4 blocks, 5 kills and 1 tip.
Evans won the "C" game, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23, rallying for the victory. Outstanding all-around players for Dowell White in these matches were Taylor Smith for offensive player with 4 kills, Abby Nowell for
defensive player and Whitney Givens for overall action with 2 aces, 4 kills, 2 tips and 8 assists.
Next set for Dowell is against the Denison YellowJackets on Thursday, September 21st, starting at 5 p.m.
Evans-Dowell 7th Grade Matches
The Lionettes’ Blue team battled hard, but came up short in a cross-town rival match against the Evans Panthers. Evans won 25-14, 25-12. Despite the loss, Dowell's game highlights came from offensive player of the night Mikayla Kuehne who finished with 5 aces. Julia Hoyle with a low passing-error percentage battled steady for the team by providing a great defensive effort. Mariah Kelty contributed an all-around good game with perfect serves; she was Dowell's overall player of the game.
The Dowell Gold team came out strong, but dropped the match 25-14, 25-18. Jessica Searles had an outstanding offensive game, with great timing on hits that turned in to repeated kills. Megan Shevlin chipped in for a great defensive effort and was named our defensive player for the evening. Celia Hilsabeck had a rock-solid performance with steady passes, sets, and serves; she was named Dowell's overall player of the game.
The Dowell White team brought the excitement to end the night with a nail-biting win in the C-game, 15-25, 25-16, 25-23. Coming back from a 5 point deficit, Isabel Pate served Dowell's way on to a victory in a 3-set match to cap off the night. Diligence and patience paid off through good serving efforts and passing from all players. Isabel Pate was the offensive player of the game going on 8 point serve run to win the game. Alex Coleman rounded off a fantastic defensive effort with game winning saves, and Karen Dabrois was the overall player of the game. With a nearly flawless game she provided great serves, passing and hits.
The Lionettes’ next match will take place at home against Denison, with the Blue team taking the court first at 5 p.m.