EARLY — Entering the District 6-3A volleyball opener, the Early Lady Horns had not dropped a match since Aug. 25 – a trend that continued Friday with a straight-set home victory over the Hamilton Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Horns were victorious in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 decision to start 6-3A action at 1-0 and improve to 17-11 on the season.

“The girls played with a lot of heart and never looked back,” said Early second-year head coach Natalie Whitewood. “We started strong and ended strong. All week our attainment was to play hard and be victorious over opponents, and the girls did just that.”

Offensively for Early, Ellie Ryan logged five kills followed by four each from Trinity Tomlinson and Kacee Gober, two from Taylor Summers and one apiece from Vance-Cady Gordon, Emma Loven and Kenzie Poindexter.

Tomlinson dished out 12 assists, Loven added 10, Alexa Portillo contributed eight, Haley Spieckerman notched five, Gober finished with a pair and Poindexter and Summers had one apiece.

Loven served a team-best three aces trailed by Tomlinson, Spieckerman and Portillo with one each.

Defensively, Tomlinson led the charge with 17 digs followed by Gordon with 11, Loven and Summers with 10 each, Spieckerman with nine, Portillo with seven, Ryan and Gober with three each, and Poindexter with one.

At the net, Gober tallied two blocks followed by one each from Tomlinson, Ryan and Hope Boswell.

The Lady Horns hit the road at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to visit District 6-3A foe Eastland in their second league match.