By Tony Adams
The Belton Lady Tigers went into the second round of the District 12-6A schedule at Harker Heights Tuesday night with a 3-3 record, having been swept by Copperas Cove in straight sets Friday night.
With the district being a seven-team set-up, each victory counts in a 12-game schedule.
The Lady Knights defeated the Lady Tigers in four sets, winning 20-25, 25-18, 25-23 and 25-14.
In the first set, Belton jumped on Heights winning the first six points. Kelsey Jones had an attack and Abbey Morgan had back-to-back kills. Heights worked the deficit back to two before Belton moved the score to 11-5. The teams traded scores before Belton got a dual block from Bethany Goad and Marissa Heffley to win the set 25-20.
The Lady Knights took a quick 3-0 lead before a soft kill from Brey York shifted the momentum back to Belton’s favor. With the Lady Tigers leading 6-5, Heights went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-6 lead. Belton went on an 8-3 run to tie the game at 14-14. The Lady Knights caught fire with a 11-4 run and took the set by seven points and tied the match at a set apiece.
The Heights’ momentum carried into the third set with a 12-5 start, capping a 23-9 stretch. Following a timeout called by Belton head coach Stacy Meyers, the Lady Tigers went on a tear. A 10-2 run gave the Lady Tigers a 15-14 advantage. The teams traded four-point runs and then Belton jumped out to a 22-20 advantage. Heights used another run, this time a 5-1 run, to win the set by two points and take a two sets to one lead.
The Lady Tigers jetted out to a 10-4 lead in the fourth set, with two kills from McKinzee Robinson and Marissa Heffley. Heights used a 6-0 to tie game at 10-10. Belton took a 12-11 lead before Heights broke the game open with a 9-0 run. Despite the Lady Tigers breaking the run with a pair of points, Heights completed the set on with a 21-4 run to win the match three sets to one.
“Once again, we let a team go on runs,” said Meyers. “And when you let a team go on runs, these things happen to us. I have several positions where several people are not earning their positions. They don’t want to get in the game, earn their position and do their job. I put everyone in at different times and I have several spots that no one went out and earned.”
The team appeared to play apprehensively much of the night and it showed on the scoreboard.
“They were more afraid of mistakes instead of doing their jobs,” said Meyers. “They played scared and did not have confidence. We gave them too many points and then once we worked our way back into the game, we started playing scared again and played scared of losing the game.”
The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 3-4 in District 12-6A with five games remaining, which a game Friday at Killeen and senior night against Waco Midway next Tuesday. Every game is a must-win game.
“The only thing we can take away from the game tonight is how bad we feel after this loss,” said Meyers. “It’s the way we feel after losing a golden opportunity.”