Home Opener: Clear Springs

posted Aug 23, 2015, 11:01 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated May 13, 2016, 2:38 PM ]
Fresh off the best performance at Pearland's Texas Invitational Volleyball Tournament, the Bellaire Cardinals welcomed the Clear Springs Chargers into the Nest on Maple Street last Tuesday evening.  The Chargers had also competed in Pearland's tournament; finishing 6th overall.

It was not the Cardinals night.  The newest Bellaire Volleyball players are turning out to be one of the most competitive group of freshmen Bellaire has put on the floor in a while.  They held their own against Fort Bend Austin and they did so again against the Clear Springs freshmen; coming up short in the final volleys of each set (22-25, 22-25).  Coach Tomlinson has these "Cardinal Chicks" competing well against some of the strongest programs in Houston.

The Junior Varsity took the floor in the middle match of the evening.  Clear Springs JV is loaded with experienced players and demonstrated that experience against a younger Bellaire JV team.  The first set was very competitive; and, had The Nest rocking as the Cardinals yielded the first set 22-25.  The Chargers came back in the second set winning 8-25.  Our Cardinals were hampered in the passing game and clean execution on attacks.  The Clear Springs team played very well.

The nightcap saw the Varsity match played in front of a full house of fans.  The Chargers' rotation of 8 players (6 seniors, 2 juniors) includes 5 starters from last season's playoff team, 4 whom won USAV National Championships in the 17s division over the summer.  Clear Springs was led by OH Kylie Jedlicka; who put down 16 kills and dug 17 balls against the Cardinals.  Sundara Chinn led the Cardinals with 10 kills/3 blocks, followed by Maya Evans with 8 kills/4 blocks and Travana Matthews with 6 kills/4 blocks.  Sundara also led the Cardinals in digs with 11, followed by Ella Hawes with 10 digs.  The younger Bellaire team fought hard; but lost in three sets (16-25, 18-25, 23-25) to the loaded Chargers from Clear Springs.  The Cardinals played well against one of the top teams in Texas.