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    Burleson sophomore’s Mia Smalls, left, and Emily White, right, go up for a block during a match earlier this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Victory helps Lady Elks stay alone in first place

The opportunity was there Tuesday night for Burleson’s volleyball team to look past Everman and ahead to Friday’s District 5-5A match with Mansfield Legacy.

But the Lady Elks weren’t looking ahead as they swept the Lady Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-4, 25-22, to stay in first place with two matches remaining.

“We kind of discussed before the game that we are going to take things one game at a time and that we will worry about Legacy after tonight,” Burleson coach D’Anna Newton said. “They really focused and got the job done tonight.”

Burleson (28-9, 11-1) hosts Legacy at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. The Lady Elks beat Legacy in five sets in the first half of district play. The Lady Elks, who already have a playoff berth wrapped up, play Tuesday at Arlington Seguin to close out district play.

The Lady Elks find themselves alone in first placed thanks to Legacy’s win over Granbury Friday night in four sets.

As Burleson was sweeping its way past Crowley Friday night, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18, Legacy was knocking Granbury out of tie for first place.

Everman (11-22, 2-10) gave Burleson all it could handle Tuesday night, Newton said.

“We played well that second game,” Newton said. “In the first game it took a while for us to wake up and put things together. In the third game, I made some changes and it threw us for a loop.”

The Lady Elks were losing the majority of the third game but were able to rally and complete the sweep.

As has been the case for most of the season, sophomore outside hitter Emily Rich led the Lady Elks with 17 kills. She also paced the team with four aces and 15 digs.

Sophomore setter Mia Smalls finished with 22 assists, three aces and eight digs.

Junior outside hitter Ellie Strebeck had six kills and two aces. Freshman libero Emma Dustin finished with 14 digs.

Sophomore middle blocker Emily White had three blocks and one kill.

Friday’s game with Legacy will also be senior night for the Lady Elks. Honored on senior night will be defensive specialist Kyra Smith, right-side hitter Kenady Moore and setter Madi Lewis.

In the win over Crowley Friday night, Strebeck registered 18 kills and had two aces. Rich finished with 11 kills and three aces.

Smalls has 31 assists and 11 digs. Dustin finished with 13 digs and White had two blocks.

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