Burleson's volleyball team kicked off round two of District 8-4A play with a convincing, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16, home victory over Joshua Tuesday night.
The Lady Elks (31-2, 8-0) have not lost a set in 8-4A play (24-0) and have won 20 consecutive matches.
Burleson remained ranked second in Class 4A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. The Lady Elks faced a strong test Friday night at second-place Cleburne. No results were available for the match that ended after press time.
“We have improved a lot from the first time we played against Joshua,” Burleson coach Aubrey Short said. “We really worked hard in practice and it has paid off.”
A little bit of miscommunication in the first match allowed the Lady Owls to get in the game, until the Lady Elks took advantage of their height at the net to deliver some key blocks.
A few bad serves cost the Lady Elks early, but the girls shook them off and returned to playing the volleyball they have played most of the season.
Defensively, Burleson did an incredible job picking up balls out of the net and found a way to get them to Joshua's side of the court.
In the second set, things were tied up early until the Lady Elks hustled more and came back stronger than before.
Several cross court kills by senior middle blocker Holly Milam and junior middle blocker Mackenzie Hailey had the Lady Owls rolling on the floor just to try and keep the ball alive.
Junior outside hitter Madison Riley registered several big kills that kept the Lady Elks ahead of Joshua.
“Madison Riley had a really good game tonight.” Short said.
Having already defeated the Lady Owls in the first half of district play, the Lady Elks didn't let up in the final match as they wrapped up a playoff spot and moved closer to a their second straight district crown. The win also avenged Burleson only district loss last season, which was to Joshua.