VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Burnet sweeps Luling; Marble Falls, Faith Academy lose


Burnet def. Luling 3-0

BURNET — The Burnet High School volleyball team added to its winning streak Sept. 10.

The Lady Dawgs defeated Luling 25-10, 25-17, 25-10 for their third consecutive victory.

“The Lady Dawgs have done nothing but get better and better as the season progresses,” head coach Salye Coles said. “They take their experiences on the court and learn from both the good and the bad to improve their game.”

Burnet beat Bangs and Rockdale to start the winning streak after losing to Bandera and Ingram.

“The girls were extremely determined to make the fight needed to change the match’s outcome,” Coles said. “I am so proud of these young ladies. I feel like their steady growth and maturity will have the perfect peak with district and the playoffs creeping into our near future.”

ON OFFENSE: Kills – Jill Rosow 8, Cassidy Connolly 6, Rose Bailey 5, Madison Hall 3, Brittney Barksdale 2,  Hannah Langley 2, Riana Bond 1; assists – Sami Hogan 14, Kasey Taylor 11, Barksdale 1; aces – Miranda Weeks 11, Connolly 3, Rosow 2, Danielle Lindley 2, Hogan 2, Taylor 1

ON DEFENSE: Digs – Weeks 12, Rosow 6, Connolly 6, Lindley 5, Hogan 4, Hall 3, Taylor 2; blocks – Bailey 1 solo, Connolly 1 assisted, Hall 1 assisted

RECORDS: Burnet is 8-11.

UP NEXT: Burnet at Wimberley, 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley, on Sept. 13; subvarsity matches at 5 p.m. with varsity at 6 p.m.

Belton def. Marble Falls 3-0

BELTON — The Marble Falls High School volleyball team lost to Belton 22-25, 19-25, 23-25 on Sept. 10.

Head coach Julie Downs said the Lady Mustangs began slowly but increased the intensity and gave the Tigers a challenge for the win.

“Our offense was fairly balanced, but the best part of our game was our defense,” she said. “Long rallies, great action at the net and failure to allow a ball to hit the floor created a true rally back and forth between the Tigers and Mustangs.”

In the end, Belton was able to capitalize on hitting errors by Marble Falls for the victory, Downs said.

ON OFFENSE: Kills – Hanna Wall 5, Haley Coulter 4, Taylor Brackenridge 4, Amanda Thomas 4, Jackie Winn 3; assists – Haley Coulter 21, aces – Coulter 3, Amber Clark 1

ON DEFENSE: Blocks – Amanda Thomas 2; digs – Lacie Long 9, Brackenridge 8, Coulter 7

SUBVARSITY RESULTS: Marble Falls freshmen lost 16-25, 21-25; Marble Falls junior varsity lost 11-25, 16-25.

RECORDS: Marble Falls varsity is 10-13-1.

UP NEXT: Marble Falls vs. Leander High at Max Copeland Gym and Mustang Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls; subvarsity matches at 5:30 p.m. with varsity at 7 p.m.

Our Lady of the Hills def. Faith Academy 3-1

MARBLE FALLS — Just when Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills was cruising to a sweep of the Faith Academy volleyball team, the Lady Flames shocked the Lady Hawks.

Down 17-20 in the third set, Faith came back to take the set 25-20, though Our Lady of the Hills won the match 3-1.

Faith head coach Mandi Mullen said she was happy to see her players’ fight and determination.

Now, she wants to see a better start to each game.

“We were right there every time,” she said. “They get runs of four points, then we have a run of four points. Then we can’t come back after they get a run of four more points.”

The hurdle now is more mental than physical, Mullen said.

“We get flustered at the beginning, we can’t start with the momentum,” she said. “We do fight. We have so much fight in us.”

The best way to remedy that is by emphasizing fundamentals such as getting lower to the floor on serve-receive and limiting unforced errors, especially when serving the ball.

“They know the fundamentals, they just have to get them crisp,” Mullen said. “It’s the little areas. If we get them clicking, we’ll be golden, unbeatable.”