Lady Elks, Lady Spartans open 9-5A volletball play Friday
Consider the level of competition Burleson’s volleyball team has faced in non-district play, the start of District 9-5A play Friday may be a nice break of sorts.
The Lady Elks (11-12) play their first three 9-5A matches on the road. Burleson plays Friday at Crowley, travels to Joshua Tuesday and finishes the road swing Sept. 15 at Cleburne.
Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said the rugged non-district schedule has toughened her squad and opened their eyes.
“Losing is never easy but I do see our potential,” Newton said. “We have played a lot of tough competition and I think it’s prepared us for district. Friday is when it counts and where we have to put all the pieces together.”
The Lady Elks closed out non-district play Tuesday night with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 home loss to Sanger. Burleson beat Godley on the road Friday night, 23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-21.
Lady Spartans still seeking consistency
With district play starting Friday night, Centennial’s volleyball team is still seeking consistency according to coach Jessica Ransom.
The Lady Spartans open 9-5A play with three consecutive home matches which could be key to them making the post-season.
Centennial plays Everman Friday, Cleburne Tuesday and Granbury Sept. 15. The Lady Spartans head into district play with a record of 7-20.
“We still have some things to smooth out,” Ransom said. “We are going to have to find our rhythm going into district. We have two more days to go, so we are going to get into the gym and practice hard. So hopefully we will be prepared for Friday.”
In its last three matches, Centennial beat Grandview, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19, and lost to Brock, 25-21, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20, Friday and lost to Class 6A Mansfield, 25-19, 25-14, 25-11.
The Lady Spartans are young squad with nine new players on the varsity who have faced very tough non-district schedule.
Ransom said the team has had a some high moments during non-district play and gone through some ruts.
But now Centennial is 0-0 at the start of 9-5A play.
“We are still trying to find our consistency,” Ransom said. “Overall we have to play with more energy and intensity. That’s something we have to create ourselves and not rely on the crowd or our opponents to provide. Sometimes we do that and sometimes we are lacking that.”