• Burleson’s Kyleigh Rich serves the ball during a match earlier this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Trip to Arlington proves rough for Lady Elks

Burleson volleyball coach D'Anna Newton has never been one to sugar-coat things.

So when Newton says "things did not go well this weekend" then things didn't go well.

The Lady Elks performance on Friday and Saturday at the Arlington Showcase wasn't up to Newton's expectations.

Burleson (8-13) lost all three pool play matches Friday at the event, then came back Saturday and defeated North Mesquite, 25-10, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14.

But the troubles still had a silver lining.

"I guess it was good for us to struggle now then later in district play," Newton said. "We had trouble putting it all together against some tough competition. I felt there were some games that we could have won and should have won, but the six that were out on the court at the time just couldn't get it all together."

In pool play, the Lady Elks lost to Saginaw Chisholm Trail 25-23, 25-21, 25-16, 25-14; Arlington Martin 25-10, 25-10, 25-3 and Frisco Lone Star 25-22, 25-20, 25-16.

"It was good for us to see tough competition, but at the same time I just want us to play our game," Newton said. "We just had too many errors. It just wasn't our weekend I guess."

Newton said the Lady Elks should be able to benefit from the fact they played some good disciplined, hard-working teams.

"Hopefully, we can draw something good from this because we have three games left before we start district play," Newton said. "We just have to work our way over the hump we are facing."

The Lady Elks picked up a nice win Tuesday night at Kennedale, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23.

Burleson travels to Godley Friday night and hosts Sanger on Tuesday. The Lady Elks open District 9-5A play Sept. 8 at Crowley.

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