Kieran Means had a match-high 12 kills, Symone Thomas had 10 and Samantha Robinson dished a match-high 27 assists, leading Ellison to a 3-0 home win over Waco Connally on Tuesday. 

Ellison took Game 1, 25-15.

In Game 2, Thomas was electrifying with seven kills and the Lady Eagles won 25-17.

Means had five kills in Game 3 and Ellison was never threatened in a 25-12 win.

“We held it together as a team all night,” said Thomas, who also had two block-kills. “A big key to this win was we all had fun out on that court.”

Ellison upped its season record to 13-7. Connally fell to 7-16.

“We have a lot of strong hitters,” Robinson said. “It really makes things fun for a setter. I have so many hitters I can go to.”

Also for Ellison, Jakarta Hope had five kills and two block-kills, Semira Fields had five kills, Shauntia Landrum had four kills, Elicia Barcinas had two and Jaraysia Hope one.

“We started slow tonight but I liked the way we picked things up in Game 2 and Game 3,” said Ellison head coach Sarah Stolley.

Ellison received a tremendous home-court advantage with “Middle-School Night.” The gym was packed with plenty of future Lady Eagles and plenty of other Ellison supporters.

“The crowd was unbelievable,” Stolley said. “We appreciate all the kids that showed up to root us on and we certainly appreciate the great support we keep getting from our fans for all of our matches.”

The highlight of the night occurred in Game 2. Ellison led 22-16. Robinson fed Thomas with a shoot-set and Thomas rocked the gym with a foundation-blasting kill.

“The chemistry Sammy and I have is amazing,” Thomas said. “I didn’t know she was going to me on that play but once she set me up like that, I knew I had it.”

“It was an amazing play,” Stolley said. “We tried to pull that shoot-set off in Game 1 and couldn’t quite do it. So it was great to see them go for it again in Game 2 and get it done. It really fired up our whole team and the crowd went crazy.”

Ellison opens up 8-6A action on Sept. 9 with a home match against Belton.

“We’re an optimistic team,” Thomas said. “Coach Stolley always stresses to us that we’re a unit. Tonight was enjoyable because we played and worked like a true team.

“When we’re on that court, it’s the team that got the kill, the team that got the point — and the team that got the win.”

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