SALADO — Harker Heights scored four of the first five points of the match against Salado on Tuesday.
Then the Lady Eagles grabbed control of the match and never let go.
Salado rallied to take the set and eventually sweep the visiting Lady Knights 25-14, 25-17, 25-20 at Salado gymnasium, improving to 11-2 on the season with its only losses coming to 6A teams Ellison and Belton.
“It’s a real confidence booster,” Salado junior Meagan Hill said. “We have a really
tough district. So it’s good to have a few wins under our belts so we know what we can do.”
“And 6A is preparing for everything we’ve got,” fellow junior Cheyenne Vaca added. “Beating a 6A team is a real honor.”
Heights, meanwhile, fell to 3-9 on the season but was encouraged by the final set, in which the Lady Knights played significantly better than the first two.
“Every time we step on the court we do something a little bit better than we did the last time,” Heights head coach Shelly Harris said. “So I see improvement, it’s just it’s in spurts.”
Despite falling behind 4-1 to start the match, Salado didn’t panic as it wasn’t the first time the team started slowly.
“I don’t like to dig out of the hole, but they do,” Salado head coach Heather Poeske said with a smile. “So we’ll go with it if we win in the end.”
Salado responded to the 4-1 deficit with a 10-1 run and never looked back as Hill had 12 of her 23 assists in the set and Vaca had seven of her team-high 11 kills in the set.
Salado carried that momentum from the first set to the second set, opening up with a 9-2 start en route to a 25-17 win.
Salado began the final set with a similar run, 7-1, only for Heights to respond with a 7-2 run before tying it at 10.
Salado, however, promptly scored six straight to regain control for good.
Taylor Atwood added eight kills for Salado while Malory Schattle chipped in six.
Junior Kennedi Foster had many of her team-high 10 kills for Heights in the final set while senior Karissa Hegens added six kills.
And while the Lady Eagles were plagued with a slow start again, the end result was about as good as Poeske had hoped to see her team play.
“They got in there, took care of business, passed the ball well, set the ball well, put it away,” Poeske said. “They just played all around great.”