The Belton Lady Tigers Volleyball JV and Freshman Red teams hosted the Ellison Lady Eagles on Friday evening.
The JV squad moved their overall record to 10-1 on the season and 3-0 in district with a 2-1 win over Ellison.
The scores of the games were 25-20, 23-25, and 26-24
“We knew we faced some stout competition tonight, so we started out with a one-track mind: Compete,” JV head coach Jordan Petter said. “During the first set, we ran on them with a solid offense, and a confident defense. At the beginning of the second set, we dug ourselves in a hole with serve receive, but was able to work hard for a close come back. The third set was really where the girls showed heart. Again fighting an uphill battle, we were determined to gain the lead. Kylie Blomquist had a phenomenal game tonight. She led the team, making outstanding offensive and defensive decisions.”
Petter had plenty of great things to say regarding Ellison’s attributes.
“Ellison’s JV is athletic and is able to take powerful swings when set up,” Petter said. “Because of Ellison’s aggressiveness and power, taking this win served as a huge accomplishment for us.”
Going into Saturday’s tournament in Round Rock, Petter felt like the win set the needle in the right direction with facing the battles ahead.
“Coming off with a strong victory sends us into the Stony Point tournament with a confident headspace,” Petter said. “We look forward to facing more competitive teams tomorrow.”
The Freshmen Red won 2-1 against Killeen Ellison. The scores of the match were 20-25, 25-13, and 25-9.
“We were off to a slow and sluggish start in the first set,” Freshman Red coach Destini Jury said. “We were very inconsistent and tried to play outside of ourselves. We had to truly get back to the basics offensively.”
Shaking off the first set, Jury felt the team righted itself for the following game.
“We came alive in the second set,” Jury said. “Reagan Furney started of the set with nine dominant serves setting the Tigers up for a 9-0 run. We showcased our strong back row with Madison White and Charlotte Kallina with no errors in the back row. Sydni Cartwright was the leader in both the second and third set showing her front row dominance with aggressive kills.”
The Freshman Red squad keeps building momentum with every game that they play.
“The girls showed confidence, right, and enthusiasm in this game and that’s all that I could ask for,” Jury said. “I am proud of their willingness to fight and not give up after errors or even the loss of a set. Hopefully we can continue to build off of this as we continue district play.”