The Brownwood Lady Lions evened their season record behind their most complete outing of the young season, sweeping the Jim Ned Lady Indians, 25-8, 25-8, 25-15 Tuesday afternoon at Warren Gym.
“I thought that overall we played great,” said Lady Lions second-year head coach Julie Kennedy, whose team also improved to 1-1 at home. “Everything really looked good. The main thing was controlling he tempo on our side of the net, we wanted to keep it at a fast tempo and I think the girls did a great job with that.”
Jim Ned provided little resistance in the first two sets, and some of the less experienced Lady Lions picked up valuable court time in the final set.
Brownwood recorded 23 aces including a team-high 11 from Torrey Miller, five from Aleyia Cotton, four from Mikaela Smith, two from Davalynn Monroe and one from Tyra Cotton.
Miller also finished with a team-best 11 kills followed by Aleyia Cotton, Ashlynn Patteson and Smith with four apiece, Cheyenne Stroope with three, and Tyra Cotton with one.
Davalynn Monroe and Hadley Monroe each distributed 12 assists, Aleyia Cotton chipped in a pair and Stroope and Patteson added one each.
On the defensive end, Stoope and Aleyia Cotton recorded two blocks while Miller finished with one.
Miller collected 10 digs trailed by Aleyia Cotton with five, Davalynn Monroe with four, Patteson and Tyra Cotton with two apiece and Annie Gillispie and Hadley Monroe with one each.
Leading 5-4 in the opening set, a kill by Smith triggered a run of five straight Brownwood points as the Lady Lions established a 10-4 cushion and never looked back.
In the second set, a 6-4 advantage quickly ballooned to 16-5 after a kill from Miller, and a handful of service aces from the Brownwood junior as well.
The final set was the most competitive, knotted at 4 early. But a Jim Ned service error was followed a kill from Miller, as consecutive points pushed Brownwood in front, 10-5. Leading 23-14 late, kills from Tyra Cotton and Patteson finished the match.
The Lady Lions were coming off a 3-3 performance at the Abilene Bev Ball Classic over the weekend, with wins coming against Rotan, Breckenridge and Burleson. Brownwood dropped its matches against Boerne Champion, Lubbock Estacado and Krum.
“Every time we go out and perform we’re getting better,” Kennedy said. “The girls are working really hard and what we’re doing in practice is working. I see things that we’re doing better.”
The Lady Lions have another busy — and challenging — weekend at store at the Granbury tournament Thursday through Saturday. Brownwood open the tournament Thursday against Azle at 2 p.m., North Richland Hills Richland at 4 p.m. and Granbury at 6 p.m.
“There’s going to be a lot of high-caliber teams and the girls are excited,” Kennedy said. “They want to go and compete and see how we stand against some 5A and 6A schools. Stephenville and Wylie are also going to be there. It’s three days so there will be lots of games.”
Brownwood’s next home outing is Sept. 1 against Graham.