A large number of volleyball players from the area are off to a strong start for different college volleyball teams across the nation.

One of the biggest surprises is former George Ranch star Kennedy Prince, who has become a vital part of the Miami (Fla.) squad in only three matches.

Prince continued to be a dominant force for the ’Canes on offense in her third collegiate match, registering eight of her 15 kills in the second set in Miami’s three-set win over South Florida on Saturday. She is averaging 16 kills per match and 1.7 aces per match so far this season.

Another former Longhorn, Valerie Valerian had 17 kills to lead North Texas in a four-set loss to Wichita State on Saturday. She also had 21 kills for the Mean Green in a five-set loss to San Jose State on Friday.

Former Foster standout Catherine Krieger helped Sam Houston State get a 3-0 win over Long Island University on Saturday. She had just one error on 19 swings, putting home a team-high 10 kills to lead the way for the Bearkats. She also had 10 kills in a four-set loss to No. 13 BYU on Friday.

Another former Falcon, Kendall Kilchrist, had 42 assists and 15 digs for McNeese State in a 3-1 win over Florida A&M on Friday.

Former Needville star Anna Gadway had six kills and six blocks to help Houston Baptist beat Missouri State in four sets on Saturday. She also had five kills and three blocks in a Friday night loss to Ole Miss in three sets.

Rozner gets first 100-yard game with Rice

Former Needville standout Brad Rozner caught six passes for 103 yards for Rice in a 41-21 loss to Wake Forest on Friday. It was his first career 100-yard game.

Also, former Foster standout Isaiah Richardson saw some playing time in the secondary for the Owls in the game.

Other notes

Former George Ranch receiver Quintin Morris caught a 16-yard pass for Bowling Green in a 52-0 loss to Kansas State on Saturday… Former Travis player Naveon Mitchell played special teams for New Mexico State in the Aggies’ 62-14 loss to No. 2 Alabama on Saturday… Fulshear defensive back Truman Bexley took a visit to Sam Houston State over the weekend… Former Foster water polo player Michael Colmenares scored his first collegiate goal for Austin College in a game against Princeton.

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