The Belton Lady Tigers started off their tournament season on Thursday afternoon and Westwood High School in Round Rock, in Pool 2 play at the Westwood Volleyball Showcase.
The Lady Tigers began the showcase by taking on TMI Episcopal. While just a total 65 points were scored in the two games, It was Belton that came away with the sweep in two games. The scores were 25–9 and 25–6.
In the first game, Belton was up by one point, 4-3, when they went on a 9-0 run to pull away from the Lady Panthers. Kelsey Surovik had three kills in the streak and Madison Ward dropped the serves in key locations to prolong the streak.
In the second game, Belton was up 5-2 when they scored six straight points. Following back-to-back points for TMI, Belton scored 10 straight points and shortly thereafter closed on the game.
Eli Smith and Isa Holguin had Aces during the first two runs of the game.
The second game of pool play pitted the Lady Tigers against Pflugerville.
The much-improved Lady Panthers, 7-32 a year ago, were able to take the first game. The Lady Tigers fought back to win the second game and held a lead in the third game before Pflugerville clinched the final game and the win.
The scores were 18-25, 25-16, and 19-25.
The loss was Belton’s first of the season.
Belton held a 16-14 lead in the opening game before Pflugerville closed out the first game with 11-2 to win by seven.
The Lady Tigers led the entire second game, having closed the game on an 11-3 run to win by nine. Surovik picked up three kills and Emily Holder had five assists in the second game.
In the third game, Belton and Pflugerville seesawed back and forth, with the Lady Tigers eventually grabbing a 16–14 lead.
The Lady Panthers collected six straight points to take a 20-16 advantage. Belton answered to break the deficit in half, 21-19 before Pflugerville closed the game with four straight points for the win.
Belton wrapped up the day by taking on the host school for the tournament, Round Rock Westwood. The match ended being the most exciting of the pool.
The Lady Tigers came from six points down to take the first game and rallied late in the second game. Westwood pulled out the second game and had to withstand a furious Belton rally in the third game to win the match and leave Belton with a 1-2 record going into Friday pool play.
The scores were 25-22, 20-25, and 17-25.
The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 6-1 lead in game one before Belton methodically chipped away at the deficit. Abbey Karcher picked up two kills, Surovik provided an attack and a kill, and Holder picked up an assist and a kill to set Belton up to catch Westwood in the middle of the game.
Smith’s block gave Belton a 15-14 lead and sparked Belton the rest of the game. Karcher and Surovik had back-to-back kills and Isa Holguin’s ace gave Belton the final three points of the first game.
The powerful Westwood attack picked up steam after the teams split the first 10 points of the second game.
Zoe Menendez and Maddi Kriz began the hammer away at the Belton front line and squeezing in kills to open up an eight-point lead, 22-14
Holder’s dump shot started a 4-0 run to split the deficit before Kriz’s crushing kill fueled the finish in the second stanza.
Westwood bolted out to a 7-1 start in the third game and had a 15-9 lead before Belton put together 7-2 to get back to within a point 17-16. But the Lady Warriors trio of Kriz, Menendez and Kenzie Beckham scored all of the points in an 8-1 streak to end the match.
“Our third-place finish does not accurately portray the level of play that we saw from our team today,” Belton head coach Krystal Brodbeck said. “It was a huge moment to take a set from Westwood, and we want to continue to learn from each game situation presented. We have another day of worthy opponents lined up for day two, and I can’t wait to see how this team responds.”
Belton will play at McNeil High School on Friday in Pool 1. They will take on McNeil at 10 a.m., Leander Vandegrift at 11 a.m., and Leander at 1 p.m.