By Tony Adams
The Belton Lady Tigers’ volleyball team seniors were honored prior to Tuesday’s contest against the Killeen Ellison Lady Eagles.
Bailey Borger, Brieanne Brown, Danae Allison, Kinsey Williams, Brooklyn Borger, Machaela Moore, Monica Gonzalez and team manager Brittany Harris were all given rose bouquets and recognized by Belton coach Stacy Meyers and her staff.
However, the pleasantries ended there and the unexpected nightmare commenced for the Lady Tigers.
Ellison hung tight with the Lady Tigers (24-13 overall, 9-5 District 8-5A) for the first sets and nearly gave up the third, but managed to upset Belton 25-21, 26-24 and 27-25.
The first set saw the score see-saw evenly through the first 26 points. Ellison pulled out to a four-point lead and Belton pulled back to within one point at 20-19. The Lady Eagles took a timeout to regroup and pulled the set out 25-21.
Ellison (20-14 overall, 8-6 District 8-5A) jumped out in the second set 4-1. Williams served six consecutive points to put Belton in front 7-4. After the Lady Eagles tied the game at 8-8, the Lady Tigers got service points from Brown and Moore to guide Belton out to a six-point advantage at 15-9.
The Tigers staved off the Lady Eagles to the lead late in the set 23-19. But the Lady Eagles caught fire with two kills and a service ace to tie the set at 24-24. Ellison got two more points to claim the set 26-24 and take a two sets to none lead.
The Lady Eagles immediately jumped out to a 7-1 lead, further shocking the Belton faithful. Belton methodically reduced the deficit to four points at 11-7. Ellison claimed eight of the next 11 points to take a 19-10 lead and furthered the advantage to 23-14.
Belton fought back to 23-19 before a side out put the Lady Tigers’ under match point. Belton won the next six points to take a 25-24 lead and brought the home crowd back to life. Ellison won the next two points and ended Belton’s regular season on a sour note.
Brown had seven kills, two service aces and 11 digs to lead the Lady Tigers. Williams had 14 digs, McKinzee Robinson had seven blocks and four digs and Borger had seven assists for Belton.
The Lady Tigers will start their playoff run in Corsicana on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. against District 7-5A second seed Mansfield Timberview.
The junior varsity won their match decisively over Ellison 25-12 and 25-22. The freshman won in straight sets as well 25-18 and 25-18.
Belton drops Lady Roos in straight sets
The Lady Tigers continued their winning ways against Killeen with a straight set victory over Killeen 25-11, 25-13 and 25-16 last Friday. The win secured a third place seed in the bi-district playoffs for Belton. The loss ended the Lady Roos’ playoff hopes and will finish no worse than fifth in district.