The Brownwood Lady Lions snapped a three-game district skid Tuesday night and moved within one victory of returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.
The Lady Lions breezed past District 8-3A rival Llano 25-22, 25-7, 25-19 on Senior Night, and need to defeat either Lampasas or Burnet in their final two games to secure a postseason berth.
“This was very important,” said first-year Lady Lions head coach Lorrie Beelby, whose team improved to 3-5 in district and 11-19 overall. “Obviously we’re still thinking playoffs and I told the girls we had to win two of our last three, but we’d like to win all three. We’ve been working on some things and I’m starting to see them in matches, so that makes my job a lot of fun, too.
“Last time we played Llano they really went after our line game and I had to make a change in the middle of the match. Tonight we didn’t have to do that. Our blockers stepped up and made them hit around us.”
Maddie Oines led the Lady Lions with 11 kills followed by eight from Kayli Waddle. Paxton Vaughn dished out 15 assists and served two aces, while Naomi Rosato tallied 13 assists with a pair of aces.
Defensively, Jennifer Martinez collected 19 digs trailed by Vaughn and Julianne Hood with seven apiece. Waddle and Sharday Melvin finished with two blocks apiece and Cynthia Ibarra chipped in one.
Tuesday’s match concluded the Warren Gym volleyball careers of the Brownwood seniors Rosato, Ibarra, Alley Jowers and Katherine Walker.
“The seniors played great,” Beelby said. “I was really happy for them to get to have such a great game on Senior Night. That’s always fun and I know it means a lot to them.”
At 6 p.m. Friday, Brownwood visits Lampasas with a chance to lock up a playoff berth with a district sweep.