Lady Elks bounce back from tough Saturday
The ill effects of two losses on Saturday didn’t carry over Burleson volleyball’s non-district home-opener Tuesday night against Haltom.
After dropping both gold bracket matches to Brownwood (25-23, 25-20) and Seminole (25-23, 25-20) Saturday at Abilene’s Bev Ball Classic, the Lady Elks swept past Haltom, 25-15, 25-15, 25-12 to even their record at 4-4.
“Tonight we put it all together and were able to put people in different positions and see them at different angle,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “I was just really pleased to see how we put it all together.”
The Lady Elks open play today at the Granbury Tournament with three pool play matches. Burleson plays Haltom at 2 p.m., Valley Mills at 4 p.m. and Fort Worth Paschal at 6 p.m. The tournament continues Friday and concludes Saturday.
The road trip to Abilene was a good one for the Lady Elks, Newton said. Newton likes playing in the Abilene event because it gets her players away from home and allows them to bond.
“We were able to go there on Thursday and go to a Main Event type-place for bowling and putt-putt,” Newton said, “That allowed the girls to stop thinking about volleyball and have some team bonding together. During the three days they were forced to mingle and get to know each other. The trip is good for bonding and getting to know each other.”
The Lady Elks played well on Friday finishing second in pool play with a 3-1 record. Burleson defeated Abilene (25-22, 25-23), Sweetwater, 25-16, 25-12 and Colorado City (22-25, 25-19, 26-24) and lost to Lubbock Monterrey (25-16, 29-27)
“We looked good and strong in our pool,” Newton said. “We hit well. We didn’t have many errors and were able to serve receive well.”
But the Lady Elks couldn’t carry Friday’s momentum into Saturday as they played completely opposite to the way they played the day before. Part of the trouble might be the team was tired after spending eight hours at the tournament on Friday.
“Our errors outweighed our kills or anything else that we could do that was positive,” Newton said. “When you are in the negative in a lot of things you can’t win many games.”
Newton was pleased with the way several newcomers played in their first varsity tournament.
Freshman setter Mia Smalls proved capable enough to run both a 6-2 and 5-1 attack. Sophomore libero Makayla Davison played well according to Newton. Outside hitters Emily Rich, a freshman, and sophomore Ellie Strebeck also drew praise from Newton.