• Burleson sophomore Emily Rich finishes a kill during a match versus Arlington Grace Prep Satruday at the Arlington Invitational. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Burleson’s Rich lands trifecta

Burleson sophomore outside hitter Emily Rich completed a trifecta Saturday by nabbing all-tournament honors at the Arlington Invitational.

Over the past three weekends, Rich has earned all-tournament honors playing for the Lady Elks. She picked up the honor at the Bev Ball Classic in Abilene on the first weekend of the season and at the Granbury Tournament.

“I’ve never had a player do that during my coaching career,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “I think that honor is well deserved.”

The Lady Elks finished third at the tournament. Burleson posted a record of 2-2 playing at Arlington Lamar.

Just like last weekend, Saturday proved tough for the Lady Elks as they lost to Arlington Grace Prep, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-14, and Fort Worth Paschal,21-25, 25-10, 28-26, 25-17.

“Saturday’s competition was much better than what we faced Friday,” Newton said. “They gave us a run for our money. It was a great tournament and I love the three-out-five format because that helped get us ready for district play.”

Friday, Burleson swept its competition downing Red Oak, 25-12, 25-20, 25-13 and topping DeSoto, 25-10, 25-13, 25-10.

“I was really impressed with our play Friday,” Newton said. “We all meshed together. It was a decent competition but more importantly, it helped us get over that loss that at Weatherford on Tuesday.”

Newton praised the play of sophomore setter Mia Smalls and junior outside hitter Elle Strebeck.

She was also excited by the play of middle blocker Maddie Gregg and Emily White, who are still getting used to facing varsity competition.

Burleson (15-8) topped Kennedale, 25-18 18-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-13 Tuesday at home.

The Lady Elks have two home matches to finish off non-district play. Burleson faces Wichita Falls Hirschi Friday and Joshua on Tuesday.

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