By Alex Byington

Harker Heights Herald

SALADO - Last season, the Salado volleyball team was rarely challenged in district play.

But after breezing to the District 25-3A championship a year ago, the Lady Eagles couldn't find a way to get over the hump late against Burnet, falling 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 for its first-ever 25-3A loss Tuesday at home.

"That's mental more than anything, and typically speaking, we're pretty mentally tough," Salado coach Rachel Lee said. "But we also know that we're going to outwork a lot of people for our points, (but) they out-ball controlled for their points."

Using crisp passing and stout defense that frustrated Salado's strong front-line play outside of 6-foot-3 Salado senior Carling Urben, the Lady Bulldogs (16-12, 2-0) overcame 14 errors in a first- game loss and held off repeated Lady Eagles (20-8, 1-1) rallied to sweep the final three games.

Bryan def. Harker Heights 25-15, 21-25, 25-9, 25-20 (Tuesday) - At Bryan, Ashlyn Osborne had 14 assists and Anjane Janda had nine kills but the Lady Knights fell to host Bryan (13-21, 3-3 12-5A). Deysia Burden and Starnisha Bodie each added eight kills for Harker Heights (12-10, 2-4). Katie Shulte had 12 assists and nine digs.

Ellison def. Belton 25-23, 25-10, 25-17 (Tuesday) - At Ellison, the Lady Tigers had no answer for the Lady Eagles dominant front row and dropped its fourth straight District 12-5A game. Brieanne Brown had eight kills, Lexi Johanson had eight digs and Maggie Kramer had 19 assists to lead Belton.

Harker Heights def. Shoemaker, 25-16, 25-14, 25-20 (Sept. 23) - At Harker Heights, Anjane Janda led the way with nine kills and added six digs in the Lady Knights' victory. Katie Shulte had 15 assists and Blake Filip chipped in 14 digs.Hailee Showers led Shoemaker (11-13, 0-5 12 -5A) with 10 kills and Javani Person tallied seven digs in the loss.

Copperas Cove def. Belton, 25-14, 25-11, 25-13 (Sept. 23) - At Copperas Cove, the Belton Lady Tigers lost in three games to the Cove Lady Bulldawgs. Amy Rosenbaum had 37 assists, six blocks and three aces in the win and Andrea Hurt added nine kills and seven blocks. Maggie Kramer led Belton with 15 assists and 20 digs.

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