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KILL SHOT – Dawson’s Kynnedi Johnson (14) goes up for a kill against the Pearland Lady Oilers. The junior Baylor commit had 20 kills and three aces for Dawson as the Lady Eagles won 25-15, 24-26, 25-11, 25-15 to remain undefeated in 23-6A action. Dawson is looking to defend their league crown this season. (Photo by Jamey Wright)

Friendswood 3 – Clear Lake 0
The Friendswood Lady Mustangs made short work of Clear Lake to keep their district record spotless with a 25-13, 25-19, 25-11 sweep.
Leaders for the Lady Mustangs were Faith Marabella and Elle McGown with eight kills each, Kylie Lockhart with 17 digs, Bri McGown and Zeyanna Dhalla with 20 assists each, and McKenna Fridye with four blocks.
Friendswood (4-0) will look to keep up its winning ways as they continue to compete in District 24-6 action.

Friendswood 3 – Dickinson 0
The Friendswood Lady Mustangs (3-0) got a tough test against the Dickinson Lady Gators, but still managed a 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 sweep.
Leaders for Friendswood were Faith Marabella (12 kills), Zeyanna Dhalla (21 assists), Kylie Lockhart (13 digs) and Bri McGown (three aces).
Amaya Young had a standout showing for Dickinson, logging 14 kills, nine digs and two aces. Destiny Tom set up 25 assists and had 10 digs. Destiny Hayward also had 10 digs, and Gabby Pugh had six kills and a team-best 11 digs.

Friendswood 3 – Clear Creek 1
The Lady Mustangs did what no other district foe had managed to do for nearly four years and 44 matches, handing the Lady Wildcats a 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18 defeat to improve to 2-0 in district.
“I told them that any doubts that you had should be erased,” Friendswood head coach Sarah Paulk said. “We went to the playoffs last year, but haven’t had as much success as past years at Friendswood, so I keep telling them that they have to prove themselves and any doubts that they had now should be gone because they can do it.”
Faith Marabella led Friendswood’s attack with 19 kills, and also leading the way was McKenna Fridye with 16 kills. Kylie Lockhart anchored the Lady Mustangs’ defense with 19 digs, while Zeyanna Dhalla served up 43 assists.

Dawson 3 – Pearland 1
The No. 13 state-ranked Dawson Lady Eagles beat the Pearland Lady Oilers 3-1 in their first round of District 23-6A action by the score of 25-15, 24-26, 25-11, 25-15.
Dawson is the defending 23-6A champion and they are looking to defend their title and make a deep run in the playoffs with the ultimate goal of advancing to the 6A state volleyball tournament.
“I thought we played a very good match overall, but Pearland moved the ball very well in that second game, Dawson head coach Jason Karim said. “They use all three big girls up front, and coupled with our errors, they did a good job.”
Junior Baylor commit Kynnedi Johnson had 20 kills and three aces for Dawson while Jordyn Sinnette contributed 13 kills. Sarah Kirk added seven kills and 22 assists, Aliyah McDonald was strong in the middle with 6 blocks while Marisabel Torres and Hayleigh Moreno recorded 19 and 18 digs, respectively.
“We’re still trying to find our groove,” Pearland head coach Christian Dunn said. “I played every single kid, which isn’t a bad thing because it gets your kids experience.
“At the same time, if you’re doing that, you’re still trying to find out who you really are. It was good to take the second set, but every time we come into a match, I’m assuming we can win.”
Bailey Graves led Pearland with 11 kills and six blocks while Victoria Kenney and Samantha Demmon had 10 and 6 kills, respectively. Katie Whitehead finished with 21 assists and Megan Keasler had 24 digs.

Pearland 3 – George Ranch 2
Pearland got a big 23-6A win over the George Ranch Lady Longhorns by the score of 25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 25-12, 15-12.
The hard-fought five set win keeps the Lady Oilers in second-place behind Dawson in the district title race in the first round.
Sam Demmon led the offense with 18 kills and four blocks. Sarah Wright had 17 kills and four blocks. Bailey Graves added 13 kills. Katie Whitehead had 38 assists while Abi Watts added 24 assists with Megan Keasler leading the way with 12 digs.

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