Lady Dawgs open with a sweep

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Burnet Lady Dawgs kicked off their 2016 season full speed ahead last week with the freshman and JV girls each playing in two matches while the varsity girls have taken on eight matches in just five days. Last Tuesday evening the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs came to town for the season opener and the girls in green swept the competition at all three levels.

There were several good volleys during the varsity match and eventually Burnet edged out the Lady Stangs 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 in three-straight.

On Thursday evening Faith Academy came to Bulldog gym to face the freshman and JV Lady Bulldog teams. Burnet’s freshman team beat Faith’s JV in two-straight, and the JV Lady Dawgs matched that defeating the varsity Flames in just two sets.

On Friday Burnet’s varsity girls began tournament play in the prestigious TexFest volleyball tournament in Wimberley. This annual first tournament event is known for bringing in some of the best teams from all over Central Texas. It’s a big test for anyone who steps on the floor and there is never any shortage of competition.

In pool play on Friday Burnet opened with a win over Lampasas, but fell short in matches against Ingram, Blanco, and Georgetown Eastview.

Saturday’s bracket play started with a win over Ingram but came to an end with a frustrating loss to Salado.

The tournament may not have gone exactly as the Lady Dawgs wanted but no doubt the team gained valuable experience being on the court together.

“I feel like we are getting better and learning more as we go,” said Burnet senior Lady Bulldog Kaygen Floyd. “Even thought we didn’t do as well as we had hoped to do in Wimberley we got better as the tournament went along.”

“Personally I think I gained more experience on how well we can do as a team. I’m so excited about seeing how much we improve throughout the season,” added Floyd.

Fellow senior Lexey Parker seemed to have thoughts along the same lines.

“We started out slow this weekend but as the tournament progressed we improved each match. It’s a new season and a new team, we still have lots of work to do but we are starting to become a whole and function very well together,” said Parker.

“Our team is loaded with talent and I know we will be successful as long as we keep working hard and allow ourselves to become better each time we step on the court. It’s going to be a great year,” added Parker.

The Lady Dawgs hosted Blanco in Burnet on Monday, and will be back in Burnet on Friday when they welcome Bandera to town with freshman and JV games at 5:00 p.m. followed by the varsity at 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 20 the varsity squad will play in the Glen Rose tournament.

After this weekend the girls will play in two road games at Ingram and Waco University, before returning to their home court on Tuesday, Aug. 30 when they host Harper.

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