Lady Elks finish in tie for third place
Trailing 10-6 in a winner-take-all fifth game with Granbury Tuesday night, Burleson volleyball coach D’Anna Newton wasn’t sure how much her team had left in their tank.
Following a timeout, Newton got the answer as the Lady Elks outscored the Lady Pirates, 9-3, to take their District 9-5A finale with 23-25, 25-22, 25-14, 26-28, 15-13, win.
“I’m just so proud of how the girls were able to come back and take that fifth set,” Newton said. “It was little bit of a roller coaster all night. There were times when we were down six or seven points and were able to make a run and get back into the game.”
Burleson (20-17) and Granbury split their 9-5A matches and finished tied at 10-4 for third place. The teams will play Friday at 7 p.m. at Joshua.
The third-seed will take on Mansfield Lake Ridge while the fourth-seed will face 10-5A champion Red Oak. The playoffs games will take play Monday at Alvarado High School.
The win coupled with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19 over Centennial Friday night gave the Lady Elks a perfect 7-0 run through the second half of 9-5A play. The win over Centennial also snapped a six-match losing streak to the Lady Spartans.
“It was an all-around effort against Centennial,” Newton said. “It’s always a crazy game as it is. To play before the football game was exciting and fun. It was a great atmosphere. It was a needed win. I was happy with the way they played.”
Tuesday night, the program honored its senior class of middle blocker Sarah Reid and Jailah Ivory and defensive specialist Kirstie Gonterman.
“They are such vital players on this team,” Newton said. “They provide leadership and their play is so important. Losing two middle blockers is going to hurt and Kirstie’s on the back row. That’s three big players we are going to miss. They have set the tone for this team and have been leaders on the court.”