Desperately needing a win, Belton went on the road Friday and delivered a dominant performance over Killeen in a District 8-6A showdown that had plenty of playoff implications.
The Lady Tigers got production from up and down its entire roster, sweeping Killeen 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-23).
Four Belton players — Breanna Farrell, Madison Ward, Jamie Janczak and LeDea Harris — all finished in double digits in digs to help lead the Red and White.
Farrell also had a match-high 16 assists.
“We definitely came here expecting a fight, and had focus I haven’t seen all year from my team” said Belton head coach Krystal Brodbeck. “We still made errors, but we didn’t allow them to stifle our momentum.”
In each set, Belton (17-15, 2-4 8-6A) jumped out to big leads.
And the Lady Kangaroos responded in each game.
Down 6-0 in Game 1, Killeen fought its way back, forcing a 7-7 tie.
With Belton’s lead at 20-17, Alia Vines and Janelle Etherly recorded back-to-back kills to narrow Killeen’s deficit to one.
Belton quickly regained momentum when Harris took a pass from Kamryn Madden and fired a perfectly placed kill in between two defenders.
In Game 2, Belton jumped out to an 8-3 lead in part to the serving of Ward and Janczak.
In Game 3, trailing 8-1 and 10-3, the Roos tied the match at 18, thanks to the play of Tiara Joyner and the frontline of Sadee Songer and Brooke Errington.
Up 23-19, Belton delivered one last blow when Harris put the game away with a kill.
“Our communication on the court tonight was working really well,” said Harris. “We just need to continue talking and work on being more consistent from here on out.”
Madden led the way with 10 kills for Belton.
Despite the loss, Killeen head coach Joanne Knowles liked the way her team fought back in every set.
“We had way too many mental errors tonight and unforced errors tonight to be able to beat a quality team like Belton,” said Knowles.
Joyner led Killeen (19-12, 2-4) with five kills.