By Princess McDowell
Killeen Daily Herald
After a first-game scare, Ellison defeated Shoemaker, 22-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18, Friday night at Shoemaker High School.
The Lady Eagles struggled in the first game, hitting many balls out of bounds ad allowing the Shoemaker hitters looks at the gaps in the court. With the score tied at 21, the Lady Grey Wolves posted the next two points before Ellison called a timeout. The Lady Eagles scored their only other point of the game behind a service error.
Ellison coach Kara Clay said the Lady Eagles underestimated Shoemaker at the beginning of the game.
"They came out great," she said. "In the first game they caught us off guard, but the last three games we were focused and played together."
Ellison (8-14, 2-1 District 13-5A) looked frustrated early in the second game until Sakena Searcie's serve put the Lady Eagles ahead by four. Afterward, the team started to get into the flow of its offense and relied on its consistent serving to stay ahead on the scoreboard.
"Those two consecutive blocks – the one by (Tiffany) Miles, and then the double block – helped to pump up the team," Clay said.
Game three saw Ellison start fast, building a 14-6 lead on a Shoemaker hitting violation. The team would soon lead by 10 and take the win.
The fourth game, which featured 11 ties, was much closer. Again, Ellison took the lead behind great serving. Shoemaker served five points after the game was tied at 13.
Clay said the team had been working on hitting different zones with its serves and working on the little things in practice, seeing tips and staying in its base defense.
Senior Isis Gardner led the team with seven kills and three blocks. Both Jasmine Johnson and Tiffany Miles also had three blocks. Libero Liz Nash added 10 digs and five assists.
Shoemaker fell to 0-3 in district play.
Bryan sweeps Heights
HARKER HEIGHTS – The Bryan Lady Vikings improved to 3-0 in District 13-5A play with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-16 win over Harker Heights.
The Lady Knights (0-2 13-5A) were led by Jasmine Tucker (four kills), Jasmine Purnell (three aces, three kills), Madison Gustke (11 assists), Arabia Thompson (12 digs), Lacie Kenne (four blocks) and Lisa Morgan (three blocks).
Bryan is 17-7 overall.