SAN ANGELO — The Brownwood Lady Lions volleyball team swept its first three foes at the Nita Vannoy Memorial Tournament Friday, moving back over the .500 mark on the season in the process.
The Lady Lions began tournament action with a resounding 25-7, 25-7 victory over San Angelo TLCA. Brownwood followed with a 25-14, 25-12 triumph over Sweetwater, then capped the day with a 26-24, 16-25, 25-20 win over El Paso Jefferson.
“The girls worked the hardest I've seen them work in games today,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Allison Smith. “It was long and their perseverance astonished me. They had a fight and desire today that was so much fun to watch.
“Olivia Fowler's serving really set the tone for us in every game and opened the door for some perfectly executed offense. Aleyia Cotton was a standout for us on the net along with with Fowler and Jaylen Savage. Caitlyn Moody was fantastic as always leading our defense. Really every girl stepped up to their potential and it showed in the matches today.”
Brownwood (7-5) will attempt to push its win streak to five games at 8 a.m. Saturday when it clashes with San Angelo Central.
In the opening victory over TLCA, Fowler and Katelyn Windham recorded four kills apiece followed by a pair from Cotton, and one each by Savage, Hadley Monroe and Becca Church.
Monroe also dished out six assists while Kylie Wooten chipped in four and Moody finished with two.
Fowler served a season-high eight aces while Wooten and Savage were credited with three each and Church added one.
Defensively, Moody finished with six digs trailed by Fowler with four, Monroe and Church with three each and Windham with a pair.
At the net, Tessa Goodwin chalked up two blocks while Savage was credited with one.
Against Sweetwater, Windham led the offensive attack with eight kills trailed by Ashlyn Storm's six, five from Fowler, three from Savage and one from Cotton.
Wooten distributed 13 assists, Monroe added 11, and Moody was credited with two.
Moody and Fowler both served two aces while Savage and Monroe contributed one apiece.
Moody's 14 digs were also tops on defense followed by Fowler and Monroe with five each, Wooten with four, Church with two, and Cotton, Savage and Goodwin with one apiece.
Savage picked up Brownwood's only block.
The finale against El Paso Jefferson saw Cotton post 11 kills trailed by 10 from Fowler, six from Windham, four from Goodwin, three from Savage and two from Lindsey Larose.
Monroe recorded 21 assists followed by Wooten with 14.
Fowler served five aces, Windham added three and Monroe and Wooten finished with one apiece.
Defensively, Moody's 25 digs led the way trailed by 11 from Fowler, six from Church, five each from Windham and Monroe, three apiece from Wooten, Savage and Goodwin and two each by Cotton and Larose.
Larose, Goodwin, Savage and Fowler also tallied blocks.