Volleyball Go Undefeated in Tyler Tournament


Colleen Starkey

Junior Harleigh Thurman sets the ball as sophomore Shelbi Steen, junior London Reue and senior Brina Kuslak get ready to spike the ball over the net. The Lady Eagles won the Tyler tournament with an undefeated record of 6-0.

Over the weekend, the Lindale Lady Eagles dominated the court again and won first place in the Tyler Tournament, going 6-0 in the tournament and improving their overall record to 19-5.  A total of 32 teams from all over East Texas competed in the tournament.

Lindale started on Friday by going 3-0 in pool play.  They faced Brownsboro first (25-16, 25-16) and then took on Pleasant Grove and West Mesquite.  Scores against Pleasant Grove were 25-22 and 25-19, and scores against West Mesquite were 25-18 and 25-10.     The Lady Eagles faced a tough Hallsville team in the opening round of the gold bracket play.  Lindale won 25-20, 25-23 and immediately had to face off with North Lamar in the semi-final match.  It was a competitive two sets, but Lindale was victorious again (25-21, 27-25).  Lindale met up with Beckville, ranked #9 in 2A volleyball, in the championship match.  Beckville had solid serve receive passing and scrappy defense,  but it was no match for Lindale’s block, power hitters, and defense.  The Lady Eagles had a cumulative total of 6.0 team blocks in the two set match, 27 kills, and 30 digs.  Lindale won with scores of 25-22 and 25-18.

Highlight stats for the entire tournament:
– Shelbi Steen: 42 kills, 2 blocks, 13 digs
– Brina Kuslak: 27 kills, 12 blocks
– London Reue: 22 kills, 6 blocks
– Harleigh Thurman: 78 assists, 16 digs
– Kalaya Pierce: 42 assists, 14 digs
– Jennifer Moyer: 53 digs, 9 assists

The Lady Eagles take the court again with all teams at home on Tuesday evening in a dual against Carthage and Quitman.