Lady Elks fall in playoff
Going into Tuesday’s Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff match, Burleson’s Lady Elks knew the deck was stacked against them considering they were facing Waxahachie, the No. 3 ranked team in Class 5A according to the last Texas Girls Coaches Association Poll.
The Lady Indians, the champions of District 10-5A, defeated the Lady Elks, 25-8, 25-9, 25-12, at Mansfield High School.
“On paper and rankings they are obviously the better team but I felt like my girls put up a good fight,” Burleson coach D
D’Anna Newton said. “They didn’t give up. I’m just proud of their success and them making it to the playoffs. I felt like a lot of people doubted us and we were able to be one of the top four teams in district.”
Burleson (16-24) finished fourth in District 9-5A with a record of 8-6. The Lady Elks made their return to the playoffs after missing out on the post-season last year.
“I’m proud of the way they finished the season and despite people leaving the team or getting injured, they fought that adversity and finished on high-point,” Newton said. “Even though we lost, I feel like we have a lot of experience coming back for next season.”
The match was the final one for five seniors. Playing in their final match as Lady Elks were setter/outside hitter Meredith Augsburger, outside hitter Baleigh Myers, right-side hitter Hope Hodges, middle blocker/right-side hitter Kayla Perkins and libero Breanna Imbarlina.
Newton praised the play of Augsburger and Myers in the match.
“Meredith and Bailey played really well,” Newton said. “Tonight was a tough thing. Whenever their top player was on the back row that’s when we tried to score our points. We tried our best.”