By Tony Adams
The Belton Lady Tigers’ volleyball team hosted the Killeen Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Tuesday night was also Senior Night for four of the program’s members: McKinzee Robinson, Jackie Wainwright, Marissa Heffley and manager Kaitlyn King.
Belton rode the highs of the night, with the Lady Tigers winning in straight sets. The scores of the match were 25-6, 25-19 and 25-15.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 6-1 lead, with Robinson and Heffley being responsible for five of the points. Shoemaker called a timeout to break the rhythm of Belton, only to see the Lady Tigers go on a 6-2 run and had to call timeout down 12-3. Allison Waits and Brey York joined Heffley and Robinson in the big play parade, getting numerous sets and kills. Belton rode a 13-3 run to the 19-point win in the first set. Heffley served eight straight points near the end of the set.
Shoemaker jumped out to a 8-3 lead before Robinson and Heffley attacks revved up the Lady Tigers, getting Belton out on a 12-7 spurt to tie the game at 15-15. Robinson and Waits had back-to-back kills to close out the set 10-4 to win the set.
Robinson started the third set with two blocks and a kill to help the Lady Tigers jump out to a 5-1 lead. Shoemaker took six of the next 10 points to get back to within two points at 9-7. Belton proceeded to pull away, as York, Heffley and Robinson posted several kills. Anna Becker served the final five points to with the final set by 10 points.
“We had been focusing on relaxing,” said Belton head coach Stacy Meyers. “We’ve been thinking too much and we’ve been stressed about it instead of just relaxing and playing. We play so much better when they do that.”
York had 31 assists, nine kills and an ace. Robinson had 15 kills and three kill-blocks, Heffley added six kills and three aces, Wainwright had six kills and an ace and Waits had six kills.
“It’s all about confidence and not feeling like everything is pressure,” Meyers said. “We’ve been putting so much pressure on ourselves. We stressed to them to just relax and play.”
In the junior varsity match, coach Jordan Petter’s Lady Tigers had no problem with the Lady Wolves 25-14 and 25-16. In the freshman A match, coach Dorothy Payne’s Lady Tigers had no problem with Shoemaker 25-11 and 25-17. In the freshman B match, Payne’s Lady Tigers only allowed 15 points in two games, winning 25-7 and 25-8.