Another tournament and another win for the John Cooper Dragons.
The Dragons won the Bay Area Christian Tournament this past weekend taking victories over CHSA (25-16, 25-22), La Marque (25-11, 25-8) and Second Baptist (25-7, 25-22) to earn their way into the Gold Bracket. Once there, victories over Lutheran North (25-12, 25-11), Round Rock Christian (25-21, 25-22) and then defeated Pantego Christian (25-18, 25-12) to claim the tournament title.
"I was so proud of how the team rallied and grew closer this weekend," John Cooper coach Ray Hedden said. "Of course, the tournament win was nice but to see what Coach Peyton and I got to see happen this weekend was fun and special. Once this team is healthy and in tact we should be primed for SPC play! We had a lot of contribution this weekend from the entire team."
Tournament MVP – Amaya Harrell
All Tournament – Rivers Kolesar
Serving leader – Laura Weatherford with 13 aces
Hitting Leaders – Amaya Harrell – 39, Rivers Kolesar – 36, Hailey Huettel – 24
Passing/Defense leader – Laura Weatherford-72 digs, Amaya Harrell – 29
Blocking – Yasmine Sebastiany – 6 blocks
Honorable mention – Grace Minarovic – 6 kills, Amy Van der Linden – 7 kills, Tatum Threadgill – 15 kills
Coach Shout Out: "Laura Weatherford was a rock for us in passing and defense while Lauren Wolford ran the offense really well for the weekend. Leadership from Hailey Huettel was instrumental on day two where she was near perfect again in her attempts and defense!"
Next up for Dragon Volleyball:
Aug. 27 vs. Bay Area Christian, 6 p.m. • first home game!
Sept. 3 at Incarnate Word, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 vs. Incarnate Word, 530 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. The Village School, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Northland Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Here is the best of the best in the private school realm. Kinkaid tops the group hands down. Back-to-back years the Falcons have reigned supreme in SPC 4A, winning yet another crown in 2018.
But can they do it again? Episcopal will have some thing to say about that. In TAPPS, there are a multitude of teams that will make noise again. Fans should be on the lookout for Baytown Christian, which won the TAPPS 6-man Division III State Championship a year ago and will be one to tangle with again in 2019. The other TAPPS state champion from Houston in 2018 was Katy St. John XXIII and we will see if either of these teams can go back-to-back.
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