Silsbee opens district with big win

Lady Tigers continue to roll

By Daniel Elizondo

The Silsbee Lady Tigers aren’t lacking in exciting games this season after an opening thriller at home against West Orange-Stark on Tuesday.

Silsbee (24-3, 1-0 in Dist. 24-4A) has had its share of thrillers, but Tuesday nights match was the best-of-the-best after downing the district rival.

Silsbee and West Orange-Stark battled point-for-point, but the Lady Tigers outlasted the Lady Mustangs in the deciding fifth set for a 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-4) win.

It was the second win for the Silsbee Lady Tigers that needed five sets in one week’s time.

Silsbee outlasted no. 11 Evadale from class 2A on Sept. 13 in a non-district match.

Silsbee and WO-S fought for the most athletic and it came down to Silsbee throwing the knockout punch in the fifth set.

Seniors Mallorie Brooks and Symone Carmenar were the leaders in the district win for Silsbee

Brooks finished with 21 kills while Carmenar followed with 17 kills and four solo blocks.

The Lady Tigers earned an outright district championship last season despite splitting games with nemesis West Orange-Stark, a team that settled for second place in the district in 2015.

Earlier in the season when new head coach Bridgett Hicks arrived, she said the team was extremely focused.

“They definitely want to win another district championship,” Hicks said. “But this team is more focused on taking it further.”

One week prior to Tuesday’s win, Silsbee did much of the same against the state ranked Evadale Lady Rebels on Sept. 13.

The Lady Tigers needed five sets to down the top Rebels 3-2 (25-10, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 15-11) for the win.

Brooks led with 20 kills and 13 digs while Carmenar tallied with 12 kills and five solo blocks. Kennedy Sam finished with 40 assists, Cheyenne Wright reported eight digs and Breann Tackett contributed with three service aces.

Silsbee is open on Friday, however the team will continue through district play on Tuesday, Sept. 27 when it travels to Bridge City. The Lady Tigers return home on Sept. 30 for a 4:30 p.m. district game against Orangefield.

Twitter: @dtelizondo


Above photo by Danny Reneau, Silsbee Bee

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