Texas School for the Deaf Athletics

Spike Out XXI Champions!

Our Varsity volleyball team traveled to Riverside, California for the 21st annual Spike Out Tournament during the long weekend of Oct. 3-6, 2019.  Prior to heading over to the CSD-R campus, we stopped by Manhattan beach for few hours.  Some of our girls took on the beach while others enjoyed the view. 

Before the season begins, the volleyball team had four simple goals: leave Spike Out tournament as the XXI Champions, win homecoming game, District Champions and TAPPS State Championship.

Approaching our first goal, the pool play began on Friday.  We played 4 matches and finished the day undefeated (California 25-18, 25-19, California-Riverside 25-14, 25-10, Indiana 25-21, 25-24, Model 25-22, 25-11).

As number one seeded during the bracket play, we were paired up against California in the semi-final.  We finished the game pretty quickly, 25-11 and 25-6.  For the fourth year in a row we’ve placed in the championship waiting to play against the winner of the Model and Indiana game.

Hence, in the championship, it was Texas vs. Model.  We had won the Spike Out XXI championship with a dominating 2-0 victory over Model (25-16, 25-14).  This year’s championship is Texas’ fifth overall at the Spike Out tournaments.

Our girls played great, showing their fearless side of playing by attacking the ball, passing cleanly, and do what they were supposed to do.

Kalena Bumbala, Ashlene Etkie and Alyssa Glennon were selected to the All-Tournament team.

Much gratitude to the TSD parents and fans at California-Riverside for your show of high spirits and encouragement!  You inspire us to play our best at the tournament!  It most definitely will be a weekend that each player will always cherish!

Congratulations to each team member:  Jazelina Bumbala, Kalena Bumbala, Yamila Davis, Isadora Egbert, Ashlene Etkie, Alyssa Glennon, Ashley Harlicker, Jacylyn Kelley, Michaela Kelley, Kaci Ketchum, Brianne Leiker, Cha'Risa Reins, Jewel Rocha, Kaitlyn Sucilla-Orozco, Jayne Taylor, Zara Thompson, Robert Hernandez (manager), RJ Kaufman (Head Coach), Marlene Etkie (Assistant Coach), Jana Oshman (Assistant Coach) and Sheri Mize (Scorekeeper).