Lady Pups mastering teamwork

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

 

The Lady Bullpup volleyball teams have been hard at work over the past several weeks learning not only how to bump, set and spike, but also how to be a good teammate. In recent reports through tournament and district play Burnet’s coaches have each remarked how well the Lady Pups support each other.

“The girls are learning to work and play as a team. Each and every girl gets the opportunity to start one set of every match we play. Every girl gets to experience the thrill of victory and the agony for defeat. Those who are on the bench learn to support those players on the court. The Lady Pups are learning to act and play like a team. I am one happy coach with this situation,” said coach Stuart Beckwith.

In addition to tournament play the Pups played district games versus Llano last week.

 

Seventh-grade B

The seventh-grade B team defeated Llano in two sets, 25-20, 25-14. Good serving and passing in both games gave Burnet an early lead and the team did a great job closing out those games. Grace Tyler was the server of the game. The seventh-grade B team girls are tied for second place in the district and are set to begin the second round of play.

 

Seventh-grade A

The seventh-grade A team took second place in their host tournament last week. In pool play Burnet defeated Johnson City, 15-13, 15-11; and split with Llano, 15-14, 6-15. In bracket play the Lady Pups faced Marble Falls and defeated the Lady Ponies in three sets, 25-16, 20-25, 15-12. That victory put Burnet in the championship game against Liberty Hill. It was an extremely close match between Burnet and the Hill but the girls in green came up just short, 27-25, 25-17.

In district play the Lady Pups downed the Llano Daubers, 25-20, 25-9. Burnet had outstanding serving from Rylea Whitus, Kirstyn Reyes, Kayla Gillaspie, Hailey Tindell, Kori Gililland, Katelynn Massey, and Jaycee Morris.

Gillaspie and Ashlyn Calhoun played very well on the back row.

“I can not say enough great things about these girls and how quickly they have learned the game and bonded as a team. They improve so much with each match and are super fun to watch,” said coach Crystal Syphrett.

The girls are currently 5-2 overall, 4-1 in district play.

 

Eighth-grade B

The eighth-grade B team Lady Pups took third place in their home tournament. Key defensive players during the tournament included Fernanda Herrera and Haley McHam. Abbi Salazar did a good job serving for Burnet during tournament play.

The eighth-grade B team also played well against Llano in district competition but lost a tight three-set match, 22-25, 25-12, 12-15. McHam was the top server and put up 12-straight aces in the second set. She also did very well defensively as did Herrera.

“The Lady Pups are working hard in practice to correct the little mistakes and work on fundamentals which cost them this win,” said coach Rachyl Griffin.

 

Eighth-grade A

The eighth-grade A Pups finished pool play in their host tournament 1-3 which put them in third. In their first bracket game Burnet played with a lot of heart and determination and beat Fredericksburg in two-sets, 25-12, 25-16. In the semi-final game Burnet faced Llano and despite several bright spots the Pups fell short in the match 20-25, 25-14, 10-15.

After falling to Llano twice in tournament play on Saturday but found themselves back on the court in district play versus the Daubers on Monday. This time the Lady Pups took care of business in just two games, 25-15, 25-10. Top servers included Makenna Gilmore, Kyla Taylor, Hailey Evans, and Kyli Davis. Top passers included Gracyn Bennett, Davis, Gilmore, and Harlee Quintero. Taylor and Halee Muccigrossi did a nice job setting the ball up for the Lady Pups. Burnet had several good kills off the hits of Bennett, Evans, Ashton Floyd, Karissa Killebrew, Maxine Spiller, Teagen Tappe, and Taylor.

“The girls knew they didn’t play their best over the weekend and they wanted to get out there and show what they could do and that’s exactly what they did,” said coach Glen Hafley.

The eighth-grade A team is 4-4 overall, 3-2 in district play.

 

 

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