By Larry Lamb
Houston County's five high school volleyball teams hit the practice court Monday and will get their first taste of competition during scrimmages this week.
On Friday, Lovelady will host a scrimmage with Latexo and Buffalo.
A total of nine matches will be played -- three varsity, three junior varsity and three freshman -- in two gyms. Each match will last 40 minutes.
Lovelady and Latexo varsities will start things off at 8 a.m.
Then the Lady Lions varsity will scrimmage Buffalo starting at 8:50 a.m.
Latexo and Buffalo round out the varsity segment of the scrimmage at 9:40 a.m.
Junior varsity scrimmages are as follows:
— 10:30 a.m. - Latexo JV vs. Lovelady JV
— 11:20 a.m. - Latexo JV vs. Buffalo JV
— 12 p.m. - Lovelady JV vs. Buffalo
Freshman scrimmages slated in Gym 2 are:
— 8:50 a.m. - Latexo F vs. Buffalo F
— 9:40 a.m.- Buffalo F vs. Lovelady JVM
— 10:30 a.m. - Lovelady JVM vs. Latexo F
On Saturday, Crockett is hosting a four-team scrimmage with Grapeland, Coldspring and Rusk. All matches will be in the Hopkins Dome.
There will be four varsity matches and three junior varsity matches lasting 30 minutes each.
Crockett and Grapeland will take the court first at 10 a.m., followed by Coldspring and Rusk at 10:40. After Crockett and Coldspring scrimmage at 11:30 a.m., Grapeland and Rusk will close out the varsity action at 12:10 p.m.
Three junior varsity scrimmages will round out the day.
Rusk and Coldspring JVs take the court at 12:50 p.m., followed by Crockett and Coldspring JVs at 1:30. Crockett and
Rusk JVs are pitted in the finale at 2:10 p.m.
Kennard Lady Tigers varsity and junior varsity squads will travel to Angelina County on Saturday to compete in the four-team Hudson Volleyball Mega Scrimmage.
Kennard's JV will face off with Hudson JV at 10 a.m., followed by the Kennard and Hudson varsities at 10:30 a.m.
Kennard JV will scrimmage and Colmesneil at 12 p.m. Kennard and Colmesneil varsities face off at 12:30 p.m.
Both Kennard squads will scrimmage Richards in their final action. The JV match is 2 p.m. and the varsity match follows at 2:30.
Next Tuesday, Kennard opens the season at home with Crockett.