The Belton Lady Tigers hosted the Gatesville Lady Hornets at Tiger Gym on Tuesday evening, fresh off a nine-game tournament at Westwood and Leander’s Premier Athletic Complex.
The Lady Tigers didn’t miss a beat, jumping out to quick leads and trailed just once during the three-game sweep of the Lady Hornets. The scores were 25-10, 25-19 and 25-22.
Belton moved their record to 7-4 on the season, with a trip to Gatesville coming up on Thursday for the opening of Gatesville Invitational Tournament bracket play.
Emily Holder helped Belton out to a 2-0 lead by way of good service. Elicia Jackson let loose a wicked kill in the Gatesville midcourt to spark a 5-2 run and give Belton a 7-2 lead. Belton kept plugging along and opened a 14-5 lead before Gatesville head coach Rickey Phillips called his second timeout out of the game. From that point, Belton rattled off an 11-5 run to win the game by 15 points.
Holder started the Lady Tigers off right in the second game, as she served back-to-back points that included a service ace. Jill Truss served three consecutive points that gave Gatesville their only lead of the match, 3-2.
Kale Kincannon, Jamie Janczak, Madison Ward and Katie Bain were able to provide solid service over the remainder of the game. Jackson, Kincannon, Kamryn Madden, Eli Smith, Hanna Griffin and Kelsey Surovik bombarded the Lady Hornets’ front line with attack after attack. Gatesville closed the gap to two points late, 16-14. But Belton posted a 9-5 run to the finish and took the second game by six points.
A service error by Gatesville to start the third game set in motion a Belton rally, where Holder served four consecutive points and Surovik had back-to-back blocks. Phillips called timeout to reset his team. The Lady Hornets were able to draw to within two points, but back-to-back kills by Surovik spurred an 8-2 run to put Belton up 15-7.
After Gatesville’s second time out of the game, the Lady Hornets chipped away at the Belton lead. Jackson and LéDea Harris had kills to slow the Gatesville progress, as the Lady Tigers led 23-19.
Gatesville made a final push with three straight points, but Belton answered with the final two to with the game by three points and win the match, three games to none.
Surovik had six blocks, five kills and a dig. Holder had 11 assists and three digs. Janczak had eight digs, two kills and a block. Ward had 12 digs. Jackson also contributed three blocks and a kill.
“The girls did a great job of listening to adjustments and being coachable,” Belton head coach Krystal Brodbeck said. “We still had momentum shifts, but they didn’t allow it to devastate us. I was pleased that we pulled together to finish the match in three. We always expect a fight from a quality opponent like Gatesville.”