Lady Elks rally for win at Joshua
After getting stunned in its first game at Joshua Tuesday night, Burleson’s volleyball team got down to business and won the next three games to grab a 22-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 non-district victory.
The win improved the Lady Elks to 21-4 this season. Burleson is ranked fourth in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A poll.
“It was a battle tonight,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “We were tested in that first game. I am happy with the way we were able to bounce back and win three straight.”
The victory was a special one for senior outside hitter Ellie Strebeck who grew up in Joshua.
Strebeck’s mother, Heather Strebeck, was the head volleyball coach in Joshua and is an assistant volleyball coach at Burleson.
“It’s different playing against your hometown,” Ellie Strebeck said. “We knew we lost the first game because of our mistakes and we knew we could beat them. In the next three games, we came out and showed Joshua who we were.”
With Burleson leading 13-9 in the second game, Strebeck had four kills in a five-point run that extended the Lady Elks lead to 18-9. Later in the second game, she reeled off three crucial service points.
Junior outside hitter Emily Rich had an amazing eight-point service run in game four that included four consecutive aces. The run ended with the Lady Elks up 16-7.
Burleson plays at Midlothian Friday and Tuesday at Glen Rose. The Lady Elks open District 5-5A play hosting arch-rival Centennial Sept. 13.
Lady Spartans top Southwest Christian
For the first time this season, Centennial’s volleyball team collected a sweep as the Lady Spartans downed Fort Worth Southwest Christian at home Tuesday night.
Centennial (8-16) lost to Midlothian Heritage, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-17 in a non-district match Friday.
The Lady Spartans play at Joshua Friday and Tuesday at Mansfield Summit.
Centennial starts District 5-5A play Sept.13 at arch-rival Burleson.