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.
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.
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.
The Lady Bullpup volleyball team took on Marble Falls last Monday night. In the three reports received it was noted that the seventh-grade A team, as well as the eighth-grade A and B team all defeated Marble Falls. The Spirit and Pride teams also played last week and had some noteworthy performances.
The seventh-grade A team beat Marble Falls in two-straight, 25-22, 25-13. The victory improves their record to 3-1. Outstanding play was provided by Hailey Tindell, Rylee Hernandez, Mady Jones, Kirsten Reyes, Katelynn Massey, Kayla Gillaspie, Kori Gililland, Ashlyn Calhoun, Rylea Whitus, Jaycee Morris, and Emma Gonzalez. “I couldn’t be more proud of these young ladies and how hard they have worked,” said coach Crystal Syphrett.
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.
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.
The varsity Lady Bulldog volleyball team has won three of their last four games including both of their contests last week. Burnet hosted Harper on Tuesday night and made the long journey to Rockdale on Friday.
At home on Tuesday Burnet fans were treated to some good volleyball with numerous lengthy volleys and close back-and-forth scoring through four sets. Over the past few weeks Burnet’s girls have had some struggles with closing out close games but they did a nice job of doing just that in this match.
In game one neither team ever had much more than a lead of a couple of points but Burnet held on strong and claimed the first game win, 26-24.
The Lady Dawgs took a 2-0 lead after winning another very close set in game two, 25-23.
In the third set Harper took advantage of a few Burnet miscues including missed serves down the stretch to claim the 25-22 victory and force a game four.
It’s been a fast a furious start for the varsity Lady Bulldog volleyball team. Before school even started the girls had tallied two scrimmage tournaments, four games, and two big tournament weekends at Wimberley and Glen Rose.
Last week the girls played in two games, both on the road. Tuesday they traveled to Ingram and on Friday they were back on the road to face Waco University.
It was the third meeting in the young season between Burnet and Ingram. The two played twice during the TexFest tournament. They split those early tournament games so this was like a tie-breaker.
The first set ended in Ingram’s favor, 25-19; but Burnet battled back and took the next three sets 25-18, 25-13, and 25-11 to win the best of five series.
Marissa Escamilla led the team in kills and digs. She totaled 15 kills and 21 digs.
Burnet setter Alex Barry finished the match with 13 assists.
The Burnet Lady Dawgs kicked off their 2016 season full speed ahead last week with the freshman and JV girls each playing in two matches while the varsity girls have taken on eight matches in just five days. Last Tuesday evening the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs came to town for the season opener and the girls in green swept the competition at all three levels.
There were several good volleys during the varsity match and eventually Burnet edged out the Lady Stangs 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 in three-straight.
On Thursday evening Faith Academy came to Bulldog gym to face the freshman and JV Lady Bulldog teams. Burnet’s freshman team beat Faith’s JV in two-straight, and the JV Lady Dawgs matched that defeating the varsity Flames in just two sets.