• Freshman libero Emma Dustin digs a ball during the Lady Elks’ District 5-5A sweep of Granbury Tuesday night at home. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Elks steamroll Granbury move into tie for first place

The first time Burleson faced Granbury in volleyball, the Lady Elks felt they had let a victory slip away.

That wasn’t the case Tuesday night when the Lady Elks and Lady Pirates squared off to open the second-half of district 5-5A play.

Burleson got out to a fast start and never looked back as the Lady Elks swept Granbury, 25-16, 25-20, 25-21, at home.

The win forged a tie for first place in the district between the two squads at 7-1. Burleson (24-9) hosts arch-rival Centennial Friday night and plays at Mansfield Timberview Tuesday night.

The first time the team’s met, Granbury walked away with a five-game win. Since then the Lady Elks had reeled off six consecutive wins to enter Tuesday’s match.

Burleson defeated Arlington Seguin Friday night, 25-14, 25-12, 25-14, to close out the first-half of district play within a match of Granbury.

“We found some redemption tonight,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “The first time we played them they kind of caught us off guard and we didn’t play our best. It’s taken us the whole first-round of district but we came out and performed the way we should have in the first match against them.”

The Lady Elks didn’t give the Lady Pirates much breathing room most of the night.

In the second game, Granbury held an early 8-4 lead but the Lady Elks fought back to take the lead at 16-15 and eventually won by five points.

“Granbury is a tough team and if you let them get on a roll they will take advantage of it but we were able to perform tonight,” Newton said. “We served tough tonight and got them out of their game and were able to finish in three games tonight.”

The Lady Pirates seemed on the verge of rallying in the third game to force a fourth game but sophomore outside hitter Emily Rich was having none of that.

Rich finished off the match with a backline kill that was just in to give the Lady Elks the sweep. Rich had another big night with 16 kills, two aces and 12 digs.

Tuesday’s win was a team effort according to Newton.

Junior outside hitter Ellie Strebeck finished with nine kills and two blocks. Senior outside hitter Kenady Moore had six kills and sophomore middle blocker Emily White tallied five kills and four blocks. Sophomore setters Mia Smalls registered 31 assists and an ace. Freshman libero Emma Dustin had 15 digs and senior defensive specialist Kyra Smith had 11 digs.

“It was an all-round effort,” Newton said. “We were able to get the job done tonight and I’m very proud of them.”


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