Burleson and Burleson Centennial will renew a fledgling crosstown volleyball rivalry Friday in a District 8-4A contest.
And despite that last season saw Centennial drop every set to the Elks, this seasons matchup has a little extra flavor because Burleson (25-2, 2-0 in 8-4A) is No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A state poll.
• North Crowley at FW Paschal, 6:30 p.m.
• Burleson at Burleson
Centennial, 6:30 p.m.
• Keller Timber Creek at
Keller Fossil Ridge, 6:30 p.m.
• Justin Northwest at
Southlake Carroll, 6:30 p.m.
• Arlington Martin at
FW Paschal, 6:30 p.m.
• Crowley at Burleson,
• Joshua at Everman,
I think every coach hopes to have as much success in their first year as weve had this year, new Burleson coach Aubrey Short said. But this game does have some extra meaning. I mean the town is divided into one or the other, so the girls talk about this throughout the season.
The Elks are stacked with performers, running through the gauntlet of non-district games. Burlesons two losses are to Lubbock Coronado and Granbury, but the Elks have also beaten both teams in rematches.
I think thats where they really got close, Short said of the team. The players understand each other, theyve played together for a long time and sometimes when you get on a roll and win like that, a loss will help keep things in perspective for you.
Middle blocker Holly Milam has been a huge catalyst, already with 367 kills on the season and sets up the outside game for Mackenzie Hailey. Milam and setter Alana Hughes are two of three seniors on the team and the success isnt by accident.
They basically have a language all to their own, Short said. Theyve played a lot of club volleyball together and for them, they understand the basics so well, that they can make the adjustments during the game. Theres a lot of experience there.
For Centennial (15-12, 1-1), it will be up to seniors Toni Maxfield and Haley Morris to get the blocking done on defense and try to limit the Burleson damage.
Offensively, Maxfield leads three other players with over 100 kills this season and Raygen Lee has 567 assists on the season.
Saginaw with big win
The Roughriders (19-9, 3-2 in District 6-4A) are keeping pace with frontrunner Saginaw Boswell following in a five-set thriller Tuesday night over Birdville.
Bre West and Olivia Antonmarchi had eight kills each to lead Saginaw and Joy Lyon had seven.
Down 21-15 in game three, Micayla Garza found the hot hand, serving six straight aces and the final 10 points to secure the set.
Just four area players have over 300 kills this season, including Burlesons Holly Milam, Anna Walsh of Colleyville Heritage (312), Lauren Nicks of Arlington (327) and Haley Tippett of Trophy Club Nelson (312)
Several players are on the verge of passing the threshold as well, including Tippetts teammate Elizabeth Pennington who has 298 kills. Trinitys Piyusha Boteju and Ashley Mainord of Springtown have 288 and 272, respectively.
Special to the Star-Telegram
Mackenzie Hailey, center, has been a key piece in Burleson’s success so far this season.
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