BELTON — Belton’s six-match winning streak is over.
Lorena had just enough offensive firepower to pull out a five-set victory 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10 at Tiger Gym.
“We played our best defensive back-row game this year,” Belton coach Stacey Meyers said. “We’ve got to work on our front-row blocking and getting that together. We also had too many hitting errors and at the wrong time.”
Leading the back row for Belton was senior libero Kinsey Williams, who had a career-high 56 digs.
Belton, however, couldn’t solve Lorena’s Callan Holmes, who recorded 27 kills to pace the Lady Leopards (15-5).
“We just tried to stay excited with every point and keep the momentum up and the intensity,” Williams said. “Once you get a good dig, you can just get in a zone.”
Sophomore setter Brey York had six kills, six digs, 19 assists and two aces for the Lady Tigers and senior middle blocker Monica Gonzalez had a double-double up front with 11 kills and 10 blocks.
Belton (9-6) carried the momentum from Game 4 into the fifth by taking a quick 6-1 lead, propelled by two blocks and a kill from Gonzalez and a Michaela Moore kill.
A steady dose of Holmes brought the Lady Leopards back as they scored seven of the next eight points, with Holmes putting down three kills for an 8-7 lead. Lorena finished by getting its last five points on a Kendall Johnson kill and four straight unforced Belton errors.
Belton overcame a 17-10 deficit in the opening game and scored 11 of the last 14 points largely on the hitting of senior Brieanne Brown, who had a team-high 16 kills to go with 24 digs.
“Our hitters had 19 errors and we’ve got to fix that,” Meyers said. “We played a good team, very impressive. We had them 6-2 (in the last game) and they kept swinging and swinging. It’s not like we rolled over for a bad team.”