Aledo sweeps into regional tournament behind excellent service

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Aledo used pinpoint serving and aggressive defense to take the next step toward a return to the Class 4A volleyball state title match as the Lady Cats defeated Burleson 25-23, 25-16, 28-26 Tuesday in a Class 4A Region I quarterfinal match at Chisholm Trail High School.

The Lady Cats (37-7) will play Friday in Abilene in the Region I tournament. Burleson (29-4), which made the regional tournament last year, saw its season end. The Elks defeated Aledo 3-1 in a nondistrict match this season.

Tyler Lucas had big serves all night for the Lady Cats that kept Burleson from running its offense. Aledo coach Kathy Goings said that was all part of the game plan.

“We knew where we were going to serve because we have scouted them many times,” Goings said. “We had to serve aggressively to keep the ball away from their middles.”

Aledo led 9-1 in the first set behind the serving of Lucas. The Lady Cats led 15-6 before Burleson began chopping into the lead. Burleson’s Holly Milam had five kills late as the Elks closed to 24-23 but Raygan McLelland’s kill gave Aledo the win.

Burleson came alive in the second set, taking a 12-10 lead behind Milam who had two kills, a block and an ace during the run. Aledo fought back behind a four-point service run by McLelland that gave the Lady Cats a 21-15 lead. Lucas served out the set, helped by two Burleson hitting errors and a kill by Madison Goings.

The third set went back and forth as each team had trouble blocking the other big hitters. Burleson pulled ahead 23-20 on a Milam kill. Aledo scored three consecutive points to tie it at 23-23 but Burleson regained the advantage 26-25 on a service error.

Needing a point to force a fourth set, the Elks fell short as Goings and McLelland had back-to-back kills to end the match.

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