Middle’s lead Lady Elks to win
Burleson’s volleyball coach D’Anna Newton has been concerned about the up-and-down play of her middle blockers this season.
Facing Everman’s 6-foot-2 Afedo Manyang, Lady Elk senior middle blockers Sarah Reid and Jailah Ivory rose to the occasion in helping Burleson to a 25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19 Distirct 9-5A volleyball victory.
With the win, the Lady Elks move to 2-2 in district. Burleson hosts Arlington Seguin Friday and plays at crosstown rival Centennial Tuesday. The Lady Elks have lost five straight to the Lady Spartans.
The win over the Lady Bulldgos came on the heels a 25-15, 25-15, 25-20 loss Friday at Cleburne.
“Our middle’s came out tonight and performed like they should have been performing all season,” Newton said. ”I’m happy to see it coming out, that is something we struggled with on Friday at Cleburne. It was good to bounce back.”
Reid and Ivory were dominate at times at the net but Manyang, who is only a junior, had her moments of brilliance with laser-like kills.
“Everman is a good team, they have some good hitters,” Newtwon said. “When they get to Mantang she is going to put it down.”
Along with Reid and Ivory, Newton praised the play of sophomore outside hitter Ellie Strebeck, freshman outside hitter Emily Rich and freshman setter Mia Smalls.
Newton said Friday’s match at Cleburne, which is always a tough place to play, wasn’t the Lady Elks night.
“We didn’t come to play Friday,” Newton said. “Games like that are going to come up and bite us in the end. We’ll get them next time.”