Burleson's senior night a rousing success
Burleson’s volleyball team had two major goals Tuesday night during their final regular season match and last home match.
The Lady Elks honored their five seniors the best way possible with a 25-23, 25-12, 25-19, sweep of Joshua their last District 9-5A match.
“We played good tonight and accomplished our goal of sweeping them tonight and getting win for the seniors,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “I was pleased with their play. The seniors went out there and played well. We are just getting ready for Waxahachie.”
Burleson (14-25, 8-6) finished fourth in 9-5A and will face District 10-5A champion Waxahachie in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff match at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mansfield. This will be the Lady Elks first post-season appearance after missing the playoffs last season.
The Lady Elks will play a warmup match at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Godley.
Last Friday, Burleson closed out the roughest part of the second half of district play with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-14 loss to 9-5A co-champion Cleburne at home.
The Lady Elks in a three-match run played at third-place Centennial and co-champion Granbury before facing Cleburne.
“Cleburne is a tough team,” Newton said. “We battled the best we could. Having to play the 5-1 takes Meredith (Augsburger) out of the loop.”
Senior class includes three-year starter setter and outside hitter Augsburger, outside and right hitters Hope Hodge and Baleigh Myers, libero Breanna Imbarlina and middle blocker Kayla Perkins.
“They are a group of five girls that have really meant a lot to me and this program,” Newton said. “They have shown leadership through their play and actions. Each has a different role on the team and having five solid players has been nice to me. They have all been able to help us by stepping up when we have needed them. All five will be highly missed.”