Apache Ladies sweep Blinn


BAYTOWN — The Apache Ladies survived another round at the Region XIV Volleyball Tournament on Friday, defeating defending national champion Blinn 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-23).

Tyler Junior College now advances to play San Jacinto College (ranked No. 1 in the nation) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lee College.

A win Saturday would guarantee TJC a spot in the national tournament and a chance to claim the regional title. A loss would put the Apache Ladies to the loser’s bracket with a chance to work their way back into the top two spots.

TJC is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation and has only three losses all season — two to San Jac, although the Apache Ladies did manage to win two games of a five-game match in an October meeting.

Statistics for Friday’s match:

Adrienn Amaro: three kills, 41 assists, four blocks, and 18 digs

Ivana Bulajic: 11 kills and four blocks

Jacqueline Santos: seven kills, one ace serve, eight blocks, and 14 digs

Jordan McArdle: nine kills and two blocks

Lindsey Jones: 13 kills, one ace serve, two blocks, 15 digs

Samantha Llamas: four kills, three blocks.

Friday’s matches

Tyler def. Blinn 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-23)

San Jacinto def. Laredo 3-0

Panola def. Trinity Valley Community College

Saturday’s matches

10 a.m. Panola vs. Blinn

2 p.m. Tyler vs. San Jacinto