Hornets place third in own tourney

After struggling in a semifinal loss to Fairfield, Gatesville rebounded from the one-sided 25-2, 25-19 loss to claim third place in its own Gatesville Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

The Hornets bested Salado, 2-0 (25-13, 25-20) to claim the No. 3 spot and improve their season record to 10-6, including the 4-1 reading in the tournament.

The outcome left veteran GHS coach Rickey Phillips thinking about the needs of a young team with just four of the 11 players on the varsity roster being returnees from last season’s 31-12 record.

“We need more practice time in the gym,” Phillips said. “Our kids need as many reps as they can get. The practice time will make us better.


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