By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen put itself into a pair of holes and was unable to climb out of either Tuesday night.
Pflugerville Hendrickson swept Killeen 25-19, 25-13, 25-17 in the second District 25-4A meeting between the two.
The Lady Roos have been in a hole since August, culminating in their current 14-match losing streak.
Tuesday night, the Lady Roos couldn't stop Hendrickson's 6-foot-3 middle blocker Molly Ahrens and fell short either at the beginning of games or at the end.
"Who does?" Jones said when asked how to stop Ahrens. "I don't know of anyone that can stop her. (Hendrickson) did a good job of passing and getting it to their setters."
Ahrens finished with 16 kills and six blocks. She had seven kills in Game 1, including Hendrickson's first five points.
Killeen's Tiara McIver led the Lady Roos with six kills, 11 digs and six blocks. DeQuise Robinson had five kills and a team-high 12 digs.
Killeen (10-20, 0-6 25-4A) trailed 8-0 in Game 1 before Robinson put up Killeen's first points, and 5-0 in Game 2, when McIver's kill was the only Killeen point in a 7-1 run by the Lady Hawks (18-14, 4-2).
Killeen led at points in Game 3, but was outscored 9-2, turning a one-point deficit into an eight-point deficit, 21-13.
"Against Lampsasas (last Friday), ever since then, (Killeen's) passing and their hitting has gotten so much better," Jones said. "Still, we started out five or six points in the hole, but our hitting and passing is getting better."
The Lady Roos 3-1 after an ace by freshman Esha Atkins and 8-7 after an ace by McIver, but the Lady Hawks took the lead, 9-8, after a bad serve by McIver and an out call against Crystal Ellis and never relinquished it.
Robinson's kill six points later cut the lead to one, 12-11, but the Lady Hawks scored two straight, forcing Jones to take a timeout, and then hit the meat of their match-icing run.
"I felt like there was a lot of hustle in the last two or three games," Jones said. "We were going after balls that other times we would have just let fall."
Killeen never got any closer than five in Game 1 after Hendrickson's 7-1 game-opening run.
After falling behind 19-11 in Game 2, the Lady Roos committed five straight errors to give the Lady Hawks game-point, 24-11. Freshmen Jasmine Goodwine had a pair of blocks and Esha Atkins added a couple assists in the game.
"It's not that I'm really excited, but we didn't play horrible," Jones said. "And, I've made some changes that, while we didn't improve a huge amount, we didn't lose any ground either."
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