Lady Dawgs open district 1-1

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The varsity Lady Bulldog volleyball squad opened district play last week with back-to-back homes games on Tuesday and Friday versus Liberty Hill and Taylor. Burnet dropped the first match to the Lady Panthers in three sets but bounced back on Friday with a three set victory over Taylor to moved their district record to 1-1.

The girls had a few bright moments against Liberty Hill but never really got into a rhythm and eventually fell short, 25-20, 25-14, 25-19.

Things were much different on Friday versus Taylor. The Lady Ducks did bring a good squad to town and it wasn’t an easy win for Burnet, it was more like a determined victory. Two of the three sets took extra points to decide and set two finished with a total of 58 points being scored.

In set one Burnet fell behind early but with Lexey Parker at the service line and a Marissa Escamilla kill the Lady Dawgs battled back to a 5-5 tie. Some good play by Jayci Craig, Chelsea Bible and Summir Hill had Burnet on top briefly but Taylor came back and knotted the game again, 9-9.

Once again Burnet fell behind and trailed by as many as three but after some work by Kaygen Floyd at the line and Bible at the net the game was tied, 12-12.

Things stayed close through the middle part of the set with neither team leading by more than two. Down the stretch the Lady Dawgs found themselves trailing, 19-22 before a Bible kill broke serve and put Alex Barry at the line. Barry colleted two service points and once again the game was tied, 22-22.

Bible continued to play well at the net and with two late kills Burnet went up 1-0 with a 26-24 win.

Things started out the same in set two, but soon the Lady Ducks took advantage of some Burnet miscues and advanced to a 15-8 lead.

With Barry at the line Craig, Parker, Bible, Escamilla, and Hill went to work and Burnet climbed back into the game at 15-16.

The game continued to go back-and-forth and was tied at 22-22, 24-24, 25-25, 26-26, 27-27, and 28-28 before Burnet finally claimed victory on a out serve by Taylor, 30-28.

The Lady Ducks simply could not keep up with Burnet in the third and final set. It ended in the Lady Dawgs favor 25-11 after some outstanding play by Floyd, Bible, Hill, Escamilla, Parker, Barry, and Craig. Hill tacked on the final point with an ace and the Lady Dawgs celebrated a district victory.

Stat leaders against Taylor included Bible who was the leader in kills, Barry in assists, Parker at the service line, and Craig collected the most digs.

While reports were not available for the freshman and JV it was known that both squads defeated Taylor for a Lady Dawg clean sweep.

All three Burnet teams will play at Llano next Friday night.

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