DUBLIN — After recording three victories Thursday, the Brownwood Lady Lions returned to Dublin Saturday and chalked up three addditional wins to claim the tournament championship.
The Lady Lions, whose current seven-game win streak is the longest in the tenure of second-year head coach Lorrie Beelby, earned Saturday victories over Albany, Millsap and Clifton in the championship match.
“The last match we had quite a bit of confidence,” Beelby said. “We started out strong … our passing is getting better and better. I was really most proud of how hard we played. It was a lot of fun to see the girls play with such heart and come out on top.”
In the final, the Lady Lions made quick work of Clifton, 25-12, 25-16.
Maddie Oines sparked the attack with six kills followed by four from Jenna Lyons. Paxton Vaughn dished out 16 assists, while Josie McClung served four aces and Oines and Vaughn chipped in three apiece.
On the defensive end, Lyons and Bailey Randle chalked up two blocks each, while Jennifer Martinez recorded 18 digs and McClung and Tristan Escamilla finished with 10 digs apiece.
To reach the final, the Lady Lions outlasted Millsap in three sets, 25-23, 17-25, 25-17.
“We played the best I’ve seen us play against Millsap,” Beelby said. “We had a rough second set with errors but we kept fighting and in the third, we played so hard and with so much heart and intensity. It was a lot of fun and I think the girls got a taste of how fun it is when you play your heart out.”
Payton Kallman notched 12 kills, while Kristen Fuentes finished with 10, and Vaughn distributed 39 assists. Martinez chipped in a pair of aces and Escamilla served one.
Martinez also posted a team-best 14 digs while Escamilla, McClung and Julianne Hood each collected 10.
Brownwood began the day with a 25-21, 25-9 win over Albany.
Fuentes paced the Lady Lions with seven kills followed by six from Kallman. Vaughn was credited with 19 assists, while Martinez served three aces and Oines contributed a pair.
On the defensive end, Martinez tallied 16 digs and nine belonged to Escamilla.
The Lady Lions (11-12) return home Tuesday as they host Glen Rose at 7 p.m.