By Tony Adams
The Belton Lady Tigers’ varsity volleyball team looked to follow up its straight-set victory over Harker Heights with a victory over the Killeen Lady Roos at Tiger Gym on Tuesday night.
Riding the coattails of a great junior varsity triumph and excitement of Lake Belton Middle School Volleyball night, the Lady Tigers handled the Lady Roos in straight sets, 25-18, 25-13 and 25-18.
Belton (10-12 overall, 2-0 District 12-6A) jumped out to a 4-2 lead early in the first set, with attacks from Abbey Morgan and McKinzee Robinson. Killeen broke off a five-point run to take a 12-9 lead.
Following a Roos’ service error, the Tigers picked up two Robinson blocks to pull to within 13-12. Audrey Linder had three consecutive digs and pair of Allison Waits’ blocks sent the Lady Tigers on a 12-6 run, with Brey York and Kelsey Jones closing out points with key blocks. Belton won the first set by seven points.
The Lady Tigers roared out to 6-0 run, with Robinson earning half those points on kills. York had a pair of attacks to give Belton a double-digit lead at 12-2. Following a pair of Killeen points, the Lady Tigers extended the lead to as much as 14 point at 21-7. York and Waits each had kills and Jackie Wainwright served out the set to give the Lady Tigers the second set by 12 points.
The Roos gained a brief 1-0 advantage to start the third set. Robinson and York had two attacks to give Belton a 4-1 lead. After Killeen reduced the lead to three points at 7-4, Waits block and York’s kill sent Belton on a 5-0 run, giving the Lady Tigers a 12-4 lead. The Roos climbed back to within three points at 19-16. Marrissa Heffley had an attack and kill, along with another set of attacks from Wainwright, York and Waits to close out the set and the match with a three-set sweep.
Robinson had 16 kills, 17 digs and three kill blocks to pace the Lady Tigers.
“It’s the first time this year that she has taken over a game like that,” said Belton head coach Stacy Meyers. “She’s building confidence and just now seeing how good she can be.”
The game had all indications that it could go the distance. But Belton turned on the pressure and Killeen felt it.
“We came out sloppy and made some space cadet errors,” said Meyers. “We weren’t focused and there were fluky little balls. Once we got going, we did alright.”
York had 17 assists and six kills, continuing to give the Lady Tigers the floor leadership Belton that was quiet a couple of weeks ago.
“Brey controls the floor, no doubt,” said Meyers. “I was telling her to get in control with some of the things that she does. But she’s such a good setter and sets up great hits. She’s a huge part of the runs that we get on.”
The Belton freshman A team defeated the Roos’ freshman team 25-9 and 25-14.
Lady Tigers pull off straight-set, district opening win over Heights
The Belton Lady Tigers opened up District 12-6A play with a straight-set win over the Harker Heights Lady Knights at Tiger Gym. The scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 25-21.
Junior Varsity Lady Tigers roar back to beat Lady Roos
The Belton Lady Tigers’ junior varsity volleyball opened the early-evening action at Tiger Gym Tuesday with an exciting battle against the Killeen Lady Roos.
The action was fierce and exciting, with Killeen taking the opening set 26-24 and Belton took the final two sets and the match, 30-28 and 25-20.
The Lady Tigers got out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set. The teams traded the next six points before Killeen went on a 7-0 run to take a 10-6 lead. Jamie Janczak, Dana Young and Becca Deeken helped serve the Lady Tigers back to a 16-16 tie and then out to a 23-18 lead. Killeen then went on an 8-1 run to win the first set.
The Lady Roos jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set before Brittany Moses had two kills and an attack to help give the Lady Tigers an 8-7 lead. Belton led 12-10 before Killeen swung the lead back in their favor with a 13-6 run for a 23-18 lead.
With the set pushed to the brink, the Lady Tigers shoved back with a 5-0 run to tie the set at 23-23. The teams alternated the next 10 points to make the score 28-28. Deeken and Moses had kills to win the set for Belton 30-28 and the Lady Tigers earned a standing ovation from the crowd that had filed in to see the varsity game.
The teams traded the next 12 points to start the tie-breaking set. Moses and Deeken’s attacks sent the Lady Tigers on a 6-0 run to give Belton a 12-6 lead. Belton continued to get great play from Young, Cameron Kasberg, Morgan Callin, Caroline Stegall and Destenne Winkler to get the Lady Tigers to the finish line and a 25-20 win.
“We really needed this win tonight,” said Belton JV coach Jordan Petter. “The girls just kept fighting for every point and I’m so proud of them tonight. We have worked on focus and it paid off.”