Highs and lows for Lady Dawgs

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By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports


It was a week of highs and lows for the varsity Lady Bulldog volleyball team. The girls played fantastic on Tuesday night at home beating the visiting Salado Lady Eagles in four. The victory advanced Burnet’s district record to 2-1 and put them just one game behind 500 at 12-13. It was an exciting win for the team who seemed as if they had turned a corner.

The lows came later in the week. During practice senior Lexey Parker suffered an injury that has her on crutches forcing the team to once again make changes in the lineup. On Friday the Lady Dawgs took a 1-0 lead over Llano on the road but soon the tables turned and the Lady Jackets won three-straight to claim the match. The loss dropped team green to 2-2 in district play.

On Tuesday Burnet hosted Lampasas and this Friday they will travel to Leander to close out the first round at Leander Glen.

Last Tuesday’s home match versus Salado was an exciting one. Burnet took an early 6-1 lead behind some good Chelsea Bible serving, Jayci Craig back row play and Kaygen Floyd at the net. Marissa Escamilla chipped in several kills and following a Floyd block it was all Burnet at 13-4.

Salado did get on a bit of a service run and got as close as five points but the Lady Dawgs closed out the game with Alex Barry at the line for the final three points, 25-17.

The second set started out in the opposite fashion. Salado took a 5-1 lead before a Summir Hill kill returned the ball to Burnet. The Lady Dawgs continued to trail the Eagles until a Hill and Bible block tied things up at 9-9. At that point the game bounced back-and-forth by just a point or two each way. The final two points came by way of a Parker kill and Floyd block earning Burnet the win, 25-23.

The Lady Dawgs strolled into the third game with a 2-0 lead under their belts, and this set too proved to be a very close contest. Burnet was looking good with a 5-1 lead early but the Lady Eagles didn’t go away easy and before you knew it everything was all tied up, 8-8.

Toward the middle of the contest things started to get away from Burnet and the girls found themselves in an 11-17 hole. Burnet had some great efforts by Escamilla, Bible, Hill, Floyd, and Craig down the stretch but the match slipped away and ended in Salado’s favor, 25-21.

Burnet took a 4-1 lead in game four with Parker at the line being aided by Bible and Craig, but once again Salado made a mid-match move knotting the contest up at 15 all.

Burnet went to work from there and never trailed for the rest of the game eventually claiming the match in four, 25-20.

Stat leaders against Salado included Escamilla with 17 kills, Barry, 31 assists; Bible, four aces; Craig, 19 digs; and Floyd, four blocks. Special recognition to Parker who unselfishly played in an unfamiliar spot to benefit her team and she did a great job.

On Friday the Lady Dawgs played their first district game on the road at Llano. Burnet won the first set 25-15 but it was clear that the Lady Jackets had potential to play better than they did in the opener.

That potential came to light in the second match as Llano flipped the score on Burnet claiming game two 25-14. The third set also went to the orange and black 25-13, and they closed out the match with a 25-21 set four victory.

The Lady Dawgs seemed to struggle with communication and things just didn’t fall their way. Don’t take anything from Llano though, they were a good team and talent wise pretty equally matched to Burnet.

In fact, each district team Burnet has faced in the first round has pretty well matched up talent wise. It seems as if just a few miscues here and there have been the difference, good and bad, for all five teams.

So far in the first round the Lady Dawgs have claimed victory over Taylor and Salado with their losses coming at the hands of Liberty Hill and Llano.

On Tuesday Burnet hosted Lampasas and this Friday they will travel to Leander Glen to wrap-up the first round of district play. They will have four-straight road games starting on Friday with their return to Bulldog gym coming on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when they get a rematch with Llano.

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