The early season development of the Brownwood Lady Lions volleyball team was finally put on display before a hometown crowd Tuesday night at Warren Gym.
The Lady Lions opened the home portion of their 2007 schedule with a convincing 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 victory over the Lady Badgers of Lampasas.
Brownwood was never threatened and never trailed the entire match. Only twice did Lampasas forge a tie — at 4-all in the second set and at 5-all in the third. The Lady Lions also tallied at least the first three points in each set.
“We played with a lot of enthusiasm and intensity this game,” said outside hitter Ta’Kenda Cotton. “We played to our best ability and played as a team.”
The Lady Lions served up a heavy dose of outside hitter Flynn Harrell as she blistered spike after spike at the Lady Badgers’ defense.
“We had a lot of good passes and some good sets tonight,” Harrell said. “It wasn’t just me.
“We played a lot better as a team than we have before. We really pulled it together.”
Also getting into the scoring act were Julie Kennedy, Moochie Galloway, Chloe Geye, Amanda Combs and Cotton, all of whom recorded at least one point on a spike.
Alex Williams aided the offense with a plethora of assists, while LaCresha Williams, Jalisa Hall and Shalisa Hall anchored the defensive effort.
In the first set, Brownwood grabbed a quick 3-0 lead, then Galloway hammered home a kill for a 6-2 Lady Lions’ edge.
Kennedy’s spike increased the advantage to 9-3 and Harrell put Brownwood up 13-5.
With the lead cut to 15-10, Harrell ripped another kill which began a string of 10 straight points that ended the set.
Galloway and LaCresha Williams also recorded points on spikes during the run, Harrell served an ace and the Lady Badgers couldn’t get the ball over the net in the mandatory three attempts for Brownwood’s final point.
In the second set, the Lady Lions raced out to a 4-0 lead, but a pair of aces from Lady Badger Allie Spivey helped Lampasas pull even at 4-all.
A Harrell spike that bounced off the top of the net put the Lady Lions back in front, 5-4, and began a string of five straight Brownwood points.
Lampasas got back within four points, 14-10, but the Lady Lions answered with seven of the next eight to boost their lead to 21-11.
Galloway and Alex Williams teamed up for a block that resulted in a point, Harrell had three kills, Cotton had one and Kennedy served an ace and tallied a kill.
With the final set knotted at 5-all, three straight Lampasas unforced errors allowed the Lady Lions to seize an 8-5 lead.
A Kennedy spike put the Lady Lions up 11-7 and ignited a 6-0 run that featured two Harrell kills, a Cotton ace and another spike from Kennedy.
Cotton’s kill gave the Lady Lions a 23-13 lead before Combs finished the match with an unreturnable spike.
“This year we’ve had some ups and downs so far, but we’re doing pretty good,” Cotton said. “We’ve improved so much from last year.”
The Lady Lions will be back in action Thursday and Saturday at the Fredericksburg tournament.