Lady Elks claim district title, honor seniors
With the District 5-5A title in hand, Burleson’s volleyball team closed out its regular season Tuesday night with a sweep at Arlington Seguin.
The Lady Elks downed the Lady Cougars, 25-14, 25-16, 25-22, for their 13th consecutive win. It wasn’t easy, as Seguin proved a pesky foe.
“Seguin was really scrappy tonight and they played a good game,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “It’s hard playing everyone for the second time. It was ugly there at the end but I’m proud of the way they finished it out. We were subbing in players at times tonight and working on a couple of different things that put us a little bit out of our comfort zone. I’m just glad we were able to finish in three tonight.”
Burleson (30-9, 13-1) will take on Fort Worth Eastern Hills in the opening round of the playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday at For Worth’s Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center.
Should the Lady Elks win they will face winner of Monday’s game between Birdville and Justin Norhwest.
Newton prasied the play of sophomore outside hitter Emily Rich and sophomore middle blocker Emily White.
“Emily Rich was a constant for us tonight and Emily White had some nice blocks and kills for us,” Newton said.
Rich finished with a team-high 16 kills while White had five kills and three block. Sophomore setter Mia Smalls registered 31 assists.
The Lady Elks clinched the district title Friday night with a 25-15, 25-13, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12 home win over Mansfield Legacy. It was the second five-set win for Burleson over the Lady Broncos.
“We did well in the first two games and then Legacy woke up and it was a battle the rest of the way,” Newton said. “But like tonight, we were able to finish things out and that has been a strength for us this season.”
Rich had a big night against the Lady Broncos. The sophomore finished with 27 kills, three aces and 24 didgs. Junior outside hitter Ellie Strebeck had 17 kills and two blocks. Smalls finished with 52 assists, 18 digs and three kills. Freshman libero Emma Dustin registered 29 digs. White had six blocks.
The district title was the first for the Lady Elks since 2013 when Burleson went 14-0 in District 8-4A and reached the regional quarterfinals. Burleson has reached the playoffs the past three seasons.
Following the win over Legacy, the Lady Elks honored their senior class of setter Madi Lewis, right-side hitter Kenady Moore and defensive specialist Kyra Smith.
Newton said the trio will missed next season.
“All three of these girls have been in the program since they were freshmen,” Newton said. “These three have paved the way for the younger girls on the squad. I’m proud of everything that they have overcome and been able to accomplish.”