By Tony Adams
The Belton Lady Tigers Volleyball Team traveled across town to take on the Temple TemCats at Wildcats Gym Tuesday night.
What the Lady Tigers did not only stun the TemCats, it shocked and excited the Belton faithful.
Belton won 32 points in a 35-point stretch to upend Temple 25-7, 25-7 and 25-7.
The Lady Tigers started the first set with two consecutive kills by Monica Gonzalez and jumped out to a 6-1 lead. The TemCats worked the deficit back to 8-6.
Once the Tigers earned the ball back on the side out to make the score 11-7, Brianne Brown served 14 consecutive points. The TemCats coaching staff called two timeouts to try and break the momentum, but it was not to be, as the set ended with the first 18-point victory.
The second set started with Temple taking a 1-0 lead. Belton captured three consecutive points and took a 3-2 lead. Once McKinzee Robinson got a hold of ball to serve, she served 11 consecutive points and the Lady Tigers took a 15-2 lead. Temple was able to close the score to 19-7, but Kinsey Williams served six consecutive points and put the TemCats away with a second 18-point victory.
The third set started in the same way the second set did, with Temple jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead. The Lady Tigers strung together several three and four-point streaks in the final set and put the match away with a three-point streak,
Machaela Moore had six digs and 16 assists, while Brown had nine kills and four aces. Robinson added seven kills and two aces. Williams had 13 digs.
It was a performance that had Belton coach Stacy Meyers smiling from ear-to-ear.
“This is the most complete game the girls have played all year long,” said Meyers. “We only missed five serves and Temple scored 21 points total. We didn’t have any lapses and we were consistent. We were aggressive when we needed to be. I am very proud of the girls.It was the best game for consistency. We’re playing Belton Volleyball: start-to-finish.”
The Lady Tigers (2-0 in District 8-5A, 16-9 overall) travel to Hewitt on Friday evening to take on Midway.
“It’s the type of game we are looking forward to,” said Meyers. “Our excitement level is ready. It’s always good to go in from a win like that.”
In junior varsity play, coach Jordan Petter’s Lady Tigers had no problem with the junior varsity TemCats. Belton swept Temple in straight sets with scores of 25-17 and 25-16.
“The girls played really good tonight,” said Petter. “They still have more to work on. But they were on their game and played hard.”
In freshman play, coach Dorothy Payne’s Lady Tigers were pushed in the first set before putting away the TemCats. The Belton freshmen won 26-24 and 25-17.
The three matches were an eight-set sweep for Belton.