Much riding on district volleyball finales for Apaches, Mustangs


Apache Volleyball

The Gonzales High School volleyball team enters its 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 finale of 4A District 27 play against Pleasanton with the possibility of being left out of the playoffs. Or being the district’s No. 4 seed. Or being the district’s No. 3 seed.

Thanks to the Apaches upset of second-place Navarro in four set on Oct. 20, the team not only snapped a five-match losing streak, but moved into fourth place with a 2-5 district mark – one match ahead of Pleasanton (1-6).

So, if the Apaches win, they will be assured of at least the No. 4 seed. If they lose, however, they will finish in fifth and out of the playoffs due to its earlier loss to Pleasanton.

Now, if the Apaches beat Pleasanton and if Navarro beats Cuero Friday, Gonzales and Cuero would be tied for third with 3-5 records. Since the teams split their district series, the tie would be broken by a play-in game against Cuero at Yoakum, most likely on Monday, Oct. 26.

Navarro has secured the No. 2 seed regardless of the Cuero result. La Vernia has a bye Friday. At 7-1, La Vernia has already locked up the district crown.

Mustang Volleyball

The Nixon-Smiley High School volleyball team also faces a must-win contest Friday, Oct. 23 as it travels to face Marion in a 5 p.m. match.

The young Mustangs dropped its match to Stockdale Oct. 20, snapping a three-match win streak in 3A District 26 play. At 6-7, the Mustangs need a win over Marion in order to force a tie-breaking play-in match for the district final playoff seed. The likely opponent with would be Great Hearts Monte Vista.

The team defeated Great Hearts Northern Oaks and Luling for the second time in district, and then knocked off Great Hearts Monte Vista on Oct. 17 – a team they lost to in their first district match – 18-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23.

The team also beat a Cole team that it lost to in the first half of district.