Salado at Lake Belton volleyball

Salado’s Lainey Taylor attacks against the block of Lake Belton’s Emily Evatt (6) in the Lady Eagles’ five-set victory over the Broncos on Tuesday night in Temple.

The Lake Belton Broncos played their first home district match in program history Tuesday night, which turned out to be their first five-set league contest.

A late rally by Salado spoiled Lake Belton’s night, though, as the Lady Eagles pulled out a 25-16, 24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 15-7 victory in District 19-4A action.

A kill and an ace by Danica Bingham, along with a hitting error by Salado’s Lainey Taylor, gave the Broncos an early 3-0 lead in the final set.

Salado (10-10, 2-1) cut it to 3-2 thanks to a service error by Lake Belton (8-12, 0-2) and an ace by Amy Manning.

The teams traded points on kills by the Broncos’ Elana Tucker and the Lady Eagles’ Kenslee Konarik en route to Lake Belton’s 6-5 lead. That’s when Salado took over with Megan Manibusan at the service line.

The Lady Eagles constructed a quick eight-point run, with two kills by Haleigh Wilk, two by Alex Dworaczyk, and one by Manning to go up 13-6.

The Broncos, comprised of entirely freshmen and sophomores, took the Lady Eagles the distance by twice overcoming set deficits.

Salado won the opening set by going on an eight-point run at 17-16, with two aces by Katey Bartek and two blocks by Taylor.

The Broncos drew even in the second set after trailing 22-19. Two kills by Kate Wieters and an ace by Danica Bingham that hit the top of the net and dropped on the Salado side highlighted a five-point surge that helped Lake Belton tie the match at a set apiece.

The Lady Eagles dominated the third set before the Broncos, who lost a four-set match at Burnet in their district opener, forced the final game by going on a 6-0 run late in the fourth — highlighted by two kills by Bingham, who finished with nine.

Wilk had nine kills for Salado.

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