HARKER HEIGHTS — The Harker Heights Lady Knights delivered one of their best matches of the season on senior night, Tuesday night, defeating Belton 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-21) to move into a third-place tie in District 8-6A with Killeen.
Heights head coach Shelly Harris said this is the type of match her team is capable of playing every night.
“I am so pleased with how we played tonight,” she said. “From the moment we stepped out, we knew what we had to do and my girls played like our playoff lives were on the line tonight. This is the team that I knew I had going into the season.”
In Set 1, Belton came out of the gates on fire.
Elecia Jackson had two kills to send the Lady Tigers out to a quick 5-1 lead before a quick Lady Knights timeout, which seemed to wake up the Black and Red.
Back-and-forth went both teams before Heights went up by four, 21-17, thanks to a dig by Valeria Cosme, and a kill from Syann Iosefo off an assist by Sesilia Field.
Iosefo led the team with nine kills and two aces, followed by Valicity Saunders with seven kills.
Miracle Ellison was a court-warrior all game for the Lady Knights, diving and saving balls left and right.
Ellison finished the contest with 10 digs, followed by Field and Iosefo who had six each.
“We really played together as a team tonight. When things didn’t go our way, we knew we would find a way to win,” said junior Sheila Borders.
For seniors Iosefo, Saunders, Ellison and Lanajia Washington, it was a night that each of them, and their coach, will never forget.
“In the second half, they really have pulled the girls together and have explained to every single one of them what it’s going to take to reach the playoffs and turn our season around,” Harris said.
The Lady Knights (17-19, 4-6) started off 8-6A action going 1-5, but according to Harris, the group dug themselves out of a hole, and started playing like they were capable.
“Individually I have great players,” said Harris. “But we finally decided to play as a group here lately, and each of these girls have really worked hard.”
For Belton (18-18, 3-7), LeDea Harris led the way with seven kills, followed by Jamie Janczak and Chloe Bush with four apiece.
“Our communication just wasn’t there tonight, we need to win out and see what happens,” said Belton head coach Krystal Brodbeck.