Two wins boost Lady Dawgs to 4-2

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The varsity Lady Bulldogs used two district wins last week to boost their record to 4-2 and earn a tie for second place. Following a Tuesday night bye Burnet will begin round two play this Friday at Liberty Hill. The Lady Panthers currently hold the top spot and are still undefeated in district play. Burnet, Llano and Salado are all tied for second, and after that it goes Leander Glenn, Taylor and Lampasas who is winless in district play.

Burnet’s girls began the week by hosting Lampasas on Tuesday night. It was a clean sweep for team green who walked away with the victory in just three-sets 25-12, 25-7, 25-21.

In game one Burnet built an early lead with Alex Barry at the service line and the play of Chelsea Bible at the net. Following two Baby Romero serves and a Summir Hill kill Burnet was in business at 5-1.

Lampasas did go on a bit of a run and got as close as 6-5 but some salty back row play by Jayci Craig and straight-down kills by Kaygen Floyd soon had the Lady Dawgs way out in front, 16-6 with Marissa Escamilla taking care of the serving.

Romero served up the final three points with Hill finishing the first game on a kill.

Beth Boyd started things off right for Burnet from the service line in the second set, but it was Bible who stole the show early. She stepped to the line with the Lady Dawgs leading 3-1 and rattled off seven-straight points including two aces. Bible had big help from Escamilla who was killing them left and right at the net.

Burnet’s girls continued their dominance in the second set with outstanding play by Boyd, Craig, Escamilla, Floyd, and Barry which eventually led to a 25-7 win.

The third match wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Burnet but they did earn the win. Lampasas actually had a 9-7 lead at one point but Burnet turned things around and won the match, 25-21. Escamilla, Boyd, Floyd, Hill, and Bible did a good job in the third set with blocks and kills. Craig and Maria Lopez played solid on the back row.

On Friday night the Lady Dawgs wrapped-up the first round of play in Leander versus the Glenn Lady Grizzlies. The match went to four sets with Burnet earning the victory, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, and 25-14.

The Lady Dawgs were glad to welcome senior Lexey Parker back to the court and she did a great job both at the net and in the back row.

Burnet took an early lead in the first set and soon led 10-5 with some outstanding work by Parker, Escamilla, Bible, Craig, and Floyd. Their lead in this match stayed solid and the Lady Dawgs took a 1-0 lead with a 25-15 game.

A Hill block and two Bible aces gave Burnet a nice start in game two but Glenn fought back and tied things up a 6-6. They took their first lead of the night during their next serve and led 8-6 until a Romero kill broke serve.

Later in the match the Lady Dawgs found themselves trailing 13-17 but a Escamilla kill ended the Lady Grizzlies time at the line and put Burnet back in business with Escamilla at the service line. Escamilla totaled six points before she was done and had Burnet back on top, 20-17.

Despite some good play down the stretch by Floyd and Barry, Glenn slipped away with the win, 25-22.

Once again game three started out great for Burnet. Behind the net play of Hill, Bible, Escamilla, and Floyd Burnet took a 4-1 lead. Burnet continued to play well but toward the middle of the match the Lady Grizzlies found a way to get back in it and Burnet was feeling a little uneasy when their lead dwindled down to 13-12.

The game remained close for a while until some great front row play by Boyd eventually turned into a four point lead by Burnet, 20-16. Romero and Hill worked to help close out the match with Romero closing out the game at the line, 25-20.

Glenn didn’t put up much of a fight in the fourth match. Highlights in the game included Floyd scoring eight-straight points with three aces. Boyd continued collecting kills and Craig did a great job passing the ball. The final point came on an out of bounds serve by the Lady Grizzlies and Burnet closed the match with a 25-14 win.

The JV girls also defeated Leander Glenn on Friday. No game stats were available but it was know that Burnet won in three.

Following a Tuesday night bye Burnet will start the second round on Friday at Liberty Hill. Freshman and JV play at 5:00 p.m. followed by the varsity at 6:00 p.m.

 

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