Even after watching her team dismantle archrival Burleson Centennial, Burleson volleyball coach Aubrey Short still saw room for improvement Friday night.
Short saw a spark from the Elks she has seen at times this season as they defeated the Spartans 25-9, 25-12, 25-8 in a District 8-4A match at Burleson’s gymnasium.
“This is the team I know that we have,” Short said. “This is the team I want to see every week, but I haven’t seen except sporadically. I think a big part of it was playing Centennial. I told them after the game that we could do this to everybody, and if we have to pretend we are playing Centennial every single time that’s what we need to do.”
Burleson (26-2, 3-0 in 8-4A) did nothing to tarnish its No. 2 ranking in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association Clas 4A poll. The Elks have won 14 consecutive matches and 15 consecutive sets.
“They are a stellar team,” Centennial coach Whitney Woody said. “They are on a mission. I wish we could have competed with them, but we didn’t show up tonight.”
The Elks didn’t take it easy on the Spartans (15-13, 1-2), who have yet to win a set against Burleson in three meetings.
With Burleson leading 8-6 in the first set, junior libero Leecia DePaula served the Lady Elks to a 12-6 lead. After surrendering a point, senior middle blocker Holly Milam reeled off eight consecutive service points for a 20-6 lead that allowed the Lady Elks to cruise to the win.
In the second set, junior middle blocker toed the service line as the Lady Elks went on a 8-0 run to take a 23-10 lead. Milam finished off the set with one of her team-high 14 kills.
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