By Tony Adams
Fresh off a tough District 12-6A loss to Waco last Friday night (25-10, 25-17, 25-11), the Belton Lady Tigers volleyball team got a chance to rid themselves of the memory as they traveled to the east side of Waco to take on La Vega at Pirates Gym.
The Lady Tigers rode a big opening set from McKinzee Robinson and cruised to a straight-set sweep. Winning 25-17, 25-14 and 25-14.
LaVega jumped out to an early 4-2 lead with a trio of kills. Robinson, Marissa Heffley and Brey York had three consecutive kills to put the Lady Tigers up 5-4.
Kelsey Jones had a key kill that put Belton back into the lead at 7-6, which was a lead they never let go of. The Lady Tigers went on a 9-4 run to force a La Vega timeout at 16-10. The teams split the next 12 points before a Breanna Farrell service point forced another Lady Pirates’ timeout. York and Robinson had consecutive kills to win the set by eight points, with Robinson getting five kills in the set.
The streak continued in the second set for the Lady Tigers, as Jackie Wainwright had four service points, including back-to-back aces and put Belton up 5-0. Allison Waits’ had a key kill and attack during a 8-5 stretch gave the Lady Tigers a 13-6 advantage. York had an attack and Farrell had an incredible dig during 6-2 stretch and two Waits’ attacks closed out the set with 11-point Lady Tiger win.
Robinson’s change-of-pace soft kill during the beginning of the third set gave Belton an early 4-1 lead. Another strong Belton rally sent the Lady Tigers into an 10-5 advantage. Chloe Bush and Anna Becker served several of the Lady Tigers’ points during the middle part of the set and Heffley and Bethany Goad made kills to set up a huge Belton finish. The Lady Tigers’ 9-4 gave Belton the third set and the match sweep.
“The girls played very well tonight,” said Belton head coach Stacy Meyers. “They did what they needed to do and cut down mental mistakes. We needed this game to let us catch our breath after Midway and help us achieve the goals we’ve set.”
The team is still growing and coming together as a team, with the core of the team still only in their first year of varsity volleyball.
“They are still young and growing,” said Meyers. “We are still in the midst of replacing seven solid players from last season. We have reloaded and the team is coming together.”
The Lady Tigers travel to Killeen Shoemaker Friday afternoon.
Subvarsity sweeps La Vega
In subvarsity action, the Belton Lady Tigers junior varsity squad blitzed out to a 14-1 lead in the first match and never looked back as they swept the La Vega Lady Pirates junior varsity squad 25-6 and 25-14.
The Belton Lady Tigers’ freshman squad made quick work of the La Vega Lady Pirates freshman squad, dominating the match 25-8 and 25-11.