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Volleyball: Killeen takes floor against Shoemaker

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Mon Oct 13, 2014.

At 5:30 p.m., the Lady Roos will head to Shoemaker after a very emotional, hard-fought win at home against Ellison on Tuesday.

“I hope it kind of showed (my players) that we are a good team and we fight hard enough and we don’t give up and we don’t beat ourselves,” said Killeen coach Shelly Harris.

The Lady Grey Wolves (18-15, 2-6 District 8-5A) are coming off a three-set loss to Belton on their home court Tuesday.

“Sometimes, you practice and you prepare for games and you hope for the best when the game starts,” said Shoemaker coach Merdith Shaw-Moore after the match. “It’s not that we didn’t prepare for this game. We did. I’m not going to change anything. We’re going to approach the Killeen game the same way we approached this one.”

Harris said Shoemaker is scrappy, hustling to sinkers all around the court.

“You never know what’ll happen when you’re not playing in your home gym,” she said. “But we sure hope we can give it a full effort.”

Killeen (10-11, 3-5) beat the Lady Eagles 10-25, 25-13, 25-20, 27-25.

Lady Roo Chalon Anderson had team highs of 13 kills and 12 digs.

Against the Lady Tigers, Lady Grey Wolf Aria Price had seven kills and two blocks, and Shadavia Blakemore had a team high 22 digs.

Shaw-Moore said her team accrued too many errors, but displayed a good passing game.

“I don’t think that there’s anything we need to change,” Shaw-Moore said. “We just need to regroup, refocus and get back in the gym tomorrow and practice.”

Killeen sits fifth in the district, one game behind Ellison for the fourth playoff spot, and Shoemaker is tied for sixth place.

Ellison at Harker Heights

At 5:30 p.m., the Lady Eagles will head east after a four-set upset loss at Killeen on Tuesday.

“They came and they were coming for the money,” said Ellison coach William De Gracia.

“They found the urge to fight because they didn’t want to lose.”

Ellison (16-12, 4-4 District 8-5A) looks to protect its bubble playoff spot, as it sits in fourth place, one game ahead of Killeen.

Heights (12-17, 2-6) is coming off a three-set loss to Waco Midway on Tuesday, and needs a win to improve its playoff hopes.

Heights must serve strongly, play a defensive game and keep the ball in play to counteract the Lady Eagles’ solid hitting and staunch defense, said Heights coach Chris Wiley.

“We’re trying to get on our serve-receive, trying to get that just right,” De Gracia said. “Hopefully tomorrow, that’ll be our strong suit.”

Heights is tied with Shoemaker for sixth place in district.

“It’s a tight race right now for the fourth playoff spot,” said Heights coach Chris Wiley. “You just got to come out and handle your business and play your game the way you know you can.”

Copperas Cove at Waco Midway

In the battle for District 8-5A’s top spot, Cove will bring some heavy hitters to Waco Midway at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs (33-6, 8-0) dominated Temple on Tuesday in a 25-6, 25-6, 25-9 win, which included 14 kills and four aces from Qiana Canete, 10 kills from Bryaunea Hall, 12 digs from Lily Drever and 20 assists from Katy Ranes.

With a win, Midway (17-21, 7-1) would be tied atop the district standings with Cove, after getting swept by the Lady Bulldogs earlier this season.

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