Tough competition helps make Lady Elks better
Facing stiff competition over the weekend, Burleson’s volleyball team gained valuable experience at the Granbury Classic.
The team finished with a record of 3-4 at the event. Burleson’s pool play efforts on Thursday and Friday landed the squad in the Silver Bracket.
“We played well,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. ”We faced some really tough competition. I saw a lot of improvement. Saturday we just have too many errors and we just couldn’t put it all together. Overall for the whole tournament, I was pleased with how they did.”
The Lady Elks began Silver Bracket play Friday with a loss to Amarillo Tascosa, 25-21, 25-20. Saturday, Burleson was eliminated from bracket play with a 25-17, 25-9 loss to Keller Central.
Burleson opened pool play Thursday going 2-1 to finish second in its pool. Burleson defeated Haltom, 25-11, 25-18, and Valley Mills, 25-14, 25-18. The lone pool play loss came to Fort Worth Paschal, 25-16, 25-13 Paschal.
On Friday, Burleson placed second in pool play that day. The Lady Elks beat Stephenville, 25-19, 25-22, and lost to Wylie, 25-19, 25-23.
“Our middle blockers - Jailah Ivory and Sarah Reid - were more involved this weekend,” Newton said. ”Our setter Mia Smalls played well. We Went to a 5-1 offense and she played all the way around. I just wish we would have played more games.”
The squads final big test will begins Friday at the Arlington Showcase Invitational. The format of three out of fives games instead of mini games like previous tournaments.
“This weekend will be a good test for us,” Newton said. “It will be a good chance to getting them use to playing in a real game situation and get them ready for district play.”
Burleson faces Arlington Martin, Saginaw Chisholm Trail and Frisco Lone Star Friday in pool play.
The Lady Elks suffered a home loss Tuesday to Weatherford, 25-14, 25-12, 25-16. Weatherford is the No. 10 in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 6A poll.
Burleson plays Tuesday at Kennedale and play Sept. 1 at Godley.