Houston's Desiree Venable hits the ball past a pair of Ava defenders.

Haylee Kell and Lauren Hoover earned one final victory inside Hiett Gymnasium.

The Houston volleyball team said goodbye to its seniors in style Tuesday night with a 25-19, 25-20 victory against Ava.

It was the final home match for Kell and Hoover, who were honored alongside their parents and senior members of the HHS choir afterwards.

Kell had a team-high nine kills in her final home match. Hoover led HHS with 15 digs.

“Those girls are major parts of this team and will be difficult to replace,” Lady Tigers coach Skye Carrasquillo said. “They’ve been leaders this entire season. They never let me down.”

Houston (13-16-2) has a week off before next week’s Class 2 District 3 tournament at Mountain View-Liberty High School. The second-seeded Lady Tigers received a first-round bye and will play either Cabool or Willow Springs in Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. semifinals.

Houston defeated Cabool 17-25, 26-24, 25-14 last Thursday and beat Willow Springs earlier this season.

“We’re comfortable with where we’re seeded,” Carrasquillo said. “I think it puts us in a good position.”

The championship match is 8 p.m. Tuesday. If the Lady Tigers win their semifinal match, they would likely face top-seeded Liberty — the district’s lone team with a winning record.

On Monday, Alexa Ichord had six kills and three blocks in a 25-20, 25-13 loss to Summersville. Freshman Megan Silveus had four blocks.

Last week at Cabool, Amber Sillyman handed out 19 assists and added five aces to help Houston rally past the Lady Bulldogs. Desiree Venable led the Lady Tigers with 10 kills.

“The girls have been playing well,” Carrasquillo said. “I hope that it will transfer into district play. We have a week to get our kinks out.”

JUNIOR VARSITY: The Houston JV volleyball team completed the 2011 season Tuesday night with a 25-23, 25-13 loss to Ava inside Hiett Gymnasium.

Haley Kelley, Kylee Elmore and Hayley Walker had two kills apiece for Houston. Bailey Earp handed out four assists.

On Monday, Kelley had four blocks in a 25-14, 25-15 loss to Summersville. Elmore added three blocks and Nora Dixon had two assists.

at Mtn. View-Liberty High School

Monday’s matches

(4) Thayer (11-12-2) vs. (5) Licking (5-22-2), 6 p.m.

(3) Cabool (11-13-5) vs. (6) Willow Springs (4-19-2), 7:30p.m.

Tuesday’s matches

(1) Liberty (18-8-2) vs. Thayer-Licking winner, 5 p.m.

(2) Houston (13-16-2) vs. Cabool-Willow winner, 6:30 p.m.

Championship, 8 p.m.

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