Lady Elks claim another title
For the second consecutive year, Burleson junior outside hitter Emily Rich earned MVP honors at the Arlington Showcase.
Rich and the Lady Elks also won the showcase title going 4-0 at the event that took place over the weekend at Arlington Lamar.
“Emily is just in her groove right now,” said Burleson coach D'Anna Newton of Rich, who earned her second MVP award of the season. “She is very consistent all the way around. She was our go-to player this weekend.”
Junior setter Mia Smalls made the all-tournament team.
“Without Mia, Emily can't put the ball away,” Newton said. “Emily and Mia's success is because of what the team is doing around them. Without what their teammates are doing, Emily and Mia wouldn't be getting honors.”
Newton said the Showcase, which was the Lady Elks final tournament of the season, was a good test.
“We played three out of five games, so it showed what kind of condition we were in,” Newton said.
Friday, Burleson topped South Grand Prairie, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19, and defeated Lamar, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20. Then on Saturday, the Lady Elks beat McKinney North, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19, and rallied for a win over Red Oak, 16-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-15.
“I was impressed by how we handled this tournament,” Newton said. “I was excited to see how we responded to losing the first game against Red Oak and the way we bounced back.”
Tuesday, Burleson won at Kennedale, 25-16, 25-14, 25-20 to improve to 20-4.
The Lady Elks have the weekend off and return to play Tuesday at Joshua.
Burleson opens District 5-5A play at home Sept. 13 against arch-rival Centennial.