Lady Elks’ Ivory, Reid earn high accolades
Playing a new position is a difficult transition at times.
That wasn’t the case for Burleson juniors Sarah Reid and Jailah Ivory. Starting for the varsity for the first time the pair made an immediate impact at middle blocker.
Reid was recently honored as the Blocker of the Year on the District 9-5A volleyball team and Ivory made the list as the Newcomer of the Year.
“We had two completely new middle blockers and they both had to learn the position,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “They are able to get blocks up and both hit well.”
Newton said the duo had a lot to learn because things are played at a faster pace on the varsity.
“Things go especially fast at middle blocker,” Newton said. “That’s one of the hardest positions out there.”
Reid finished the season with a team-high 96 blocks and also 193 kills. She led the district in blocks.
Comparing stats, Newton said Ivory was clearly the best newcomer in 9-5A. Ivory registered 90 blocks and 157 kills.
Senior setter Meredith Augsburger, a three-year varsity player, earned first-team honors at setter. Augsburger also played outside hitter and had the ability to play all around the court for the Lady Elks.
“She has played such a vital role for us since she came to the varsity,” Newton said. “She’s a great leader and has the ability to play multiple positions. She is one of the top setters in the district but she’s able to hit and pass the ball. She’s able to do anything we need her to do. We are real proud of her.”
For the season, Augburger led the team in assists (685), kills (228), aces (61) and digs (231).
The Lady Elks produced two second-team players in outside hitter Baliegh Myers and libero Breanna Imbarlina . Myers finished with 126 kills while Imbarlina had 81 digs and 20 aces.
Burleson’s honorable mention players were senior outside hitter/right-side hitter Hope Hodges and junior outside hitter/right-side hitter Kirstie Gonterman.
After missing the playoffs last season, Burleson returned to the playoffs by finishing fourth in 9-5A.
“Im really proud of them and the way they were able to rise to the occasion,” Newton said. “All and all I think it was a really good season for them. I’m proud of them and the way we were able to clinch a playoff spot. At the start of the year we really didn’t think we were going to that.”