Hodges sparks Lady Elks
Coming out of the blocks Tuesday night, Burleson’s volleyball team was stumbling.
Then senor right side hitter Hope Hodges helped the Lady Elks regain their stride and race past Arlington Seguin in three sets and into great playoff position.
Burleson defeated Arlington Seguin at home, 25-16, 25-21, 25-13, in a District 9-5A match.
With Seguin leading 7-6, Hodges served the Lady Elks to 10 straight points and a 16-7 lead. During the run, Hodges registered an ace and junior middle blocker Sarah Reid had four kills.
According the Hodges, the service run was a simple feat.
“I looked at my coach and she told me the placement to hit on the court and I aimed my best,” Hodges said.
Other than a scare in the second set when Seguin closes to within one point at 22-21 on consecutive points, the Lady Elks didn’t have a hard night.
“Tonight was a total team effort,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “We were prepared and ready for Seguin. They are scrappy and can catch you off guard. We handled them pretty well. Our goal was to win 3-0 and that’s what we did.”
The win coupled with a home victory over Everman Friday put the Lady Elks in range of clinching a playoff berth.
Burleson defeated the Lady Bulldogs, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16. Everman is in fifth place but the Lady Elks hold the all important tiebreaker.
“The second time around you see a different team,” Newton said. “Everman got a set from us but we were able to play well. We found a way to take game of them.”