Lady Dawgs holding on in district

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BULLETIN SPORTS

 

Two losses out of their last three games has slipped Burnet’s varsity volleyball team out of a tie for second and into fourth place in the district. The Lady Dawgs fell short to Liberty Hill in three on Friday, Oct. 7 in the round two opener. They responded with a four-set win over Taylor on Tuesday but lost a tough match on Friday in Salado.

Liberty Hill leads the race still undefeated at 9-0, followed by Llano in second at 7-2, Salado third at 6-3, and Burnet in fourth at 5-4. As it stands Glenn is in fifth at 3-7, Taylor sixth with a 2-8 record, and Lampasas is at the bottom of the district at 0-8.

On Tuesday night Burnet traveled to Taylor and kept their playoff hopes alive with a win in four. Burnet opened the match with a 25-23 set one win.

Burnet trailed early on and did not take their first lead until the 22-21 mark with a Chelsea Bible block. The game went back-and-forth at 22-22, 23-23 before a successful Lexey Parker tip put Burnet up 24-23. With Alex Barry at the line Bible collected the game point for the Lady Dawgs with a block, 25-23.

Burnet started game two out hot. Barry served up seven-straight points including two aces. More solid play by Bible and Parker at the net soon had Burnet leading 7-0. Following a couple of Kaygen Floyd blocks and some good serving by Baby Romero the Lady Dawgs were looking good at 13-5, but Taylor went on a bit of a run and before you knew it the game was knotted up at 14-14.

With some great passing by Jayci Craig and other top notch plays by Barry, Romero, Parker, and Bible Burnet built their lead back to 22-15. Marissa Escamilla played solid down the stretch of this one and Burnet won the match on a Romero serve, 25-18.

Floyd and Escamilla took advantage of passes by Craig and sets by Barry to claim several kills to start the third set, but Taylor managed to hang around and eventually they had a 21-15 lead. An Escamilla tip over broke a long run by the Ducks and gave Burnet the ball with Beth Boyd at the line. Boyd rolled off several serves and had a couple of aces. Floyd had fans excited with two key blocks but the Ducks managed to keep their lead and won game three, 25-21.

In the fourth set Burnet was trailing 3-4 when an Escamilla tip tied the game and put Romero at the service line. Romero rolled off six points with the help of back-row play by Craig and net work by Floyd giving Burnet a 10-4 lead. Floyd, Parker, and Escamilla continued to dominate the net and Burnet quickly took a 22-11 lead.

Burnet’s final point came on a missed Duck serve closing out set four, 25-14.

That victory brought the Lady Dawgs district record to 5-3, 16-14 overall.

On Friday night the Lady Dawgs faced another tough team when they traveled to Salado marking their third straight road game. Burnet won the round one contest between the two in a battle that took extra points to decide. This meeting also had a set that reached the 30 point mark but it was the Lady Eagles who eventually claimed victory, 25-23, 28-30, 25-23, 25-21.

The Lady Dawgs hosted Llano last night and will travel to Lampasas this Friday. They will wrap-up district play on Tuesday, Oct. 25 when they host Leander Glenn.

The top four teams from District 19-4A will move on to the playoffs which are set to begin on Monday, Oct. 31.

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