Lady Elks avoid road pitfalls, take on Centennial Friday
Trap matches are always tough and Burleson’s volleyball team played back-to-back trap matches on Friday and Tuesday.
The Lady Elks faced the bottom teams in the District 9-5A standings and made their way past them in road matches.
Burleson (18-17, 8-4) stayed in fourth place in 9-5A thanks to a win Friday at Everman, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23, and Tuesday at Arlington Seguin, 25-14, 25-21, 25-15.
“At times we looked sloppy (against Seguin) but we ended up getting things rolling,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said.
The Lady Elks got strong offensive play and 11 kills each from senior middle blocker Jailah Ivory, sophomore outside hitter Ellie Strebeck and freshman outside hitter Emily Rich.
“It was kind of an everybody night,” Newton said of the win at Seguin.
Friday at Everman, the Lady Elks played in a tough gym against a team that is much better than its record indicates and also has 6-foot-2 junior middle blocker Afedo Manyang.
“It’s a tough place to play,” Newton said. “It took them a while to wake up in the first game but in the second and third games they played tough. We were able to pull it out and get the job done.”
The Lady Elks had their up-and-downs during the match with the Lady Bulldogs.
“That was the thing, at times we looked sloppy and at other times we had everything together,” Newton said. “We were just trying to stay focused and keep our girls playing our game and not the other team’s game.”
Burleson plays the top teams in the district at home in their final two regular season matches.
The Lady Elks play Centennial Friday and face Granbury Tuesday night for senior night. Burleson has three seniors Ivory, middle blocker Sarah Reid and outside hitter/right side hitter Kirstie Gonterman.