2017-08-11 / Sports

After close start, volleyball team loses opener

BY JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Diane Hurst, middle, and Kapree Kitchen go up for a block in Tuesday’s road match against Gatesville. The Lady Badgers compete in Austin on Saturday, continuing a tournament that started Thursday. 
GALEN WELLNICKI | GATESVILLE MESSENGER Diane Hurst, middle, and Kapree Kitchen go up for a block in Tuesday’s road match against Gatesville. The Lady Badgers compete in Austin on Saturday, continuing a tournament that started Thursday. GALEN WELLNICKI | GATESVILLE MESSENGER The Lady Badgers had a closer season-opening match than last year, but they lost in three sets Tuesday to Gatesville.

The Gatesville Lady Hornets won 25-18, 25-11, 25-15 on their home court, after a competitive start by the Lady Badgers.

“We came in and surprised them,” Lampasas head coach Denise Ponder said. The first set was tied at one point, before Gatesville pulled ahead and led by about two points for a good while.

The three-set loss was eight points closer overall than Gatesville’s win over Lampasas in the opener last season.

“We made Gatesville work hard and earn every one of those points …,” Ponder said. “We rallied and played with heart.”

Brooklyn Edgar, in her first varsity start, led the Lampasas team in digs, with nine.

Emma Cornish, also a first-year varsity player, tied Kapree Kitchen for a team-leading four kills.

The Lady Badgers were scheduled to start the Jason Landers tournament in Austin ISD Thursday, and the tournament continues Saturday.

Thursday’s action included games against Austin Lanier, Kyle Lehman and Copperas Cove. Results were unavailable at press time.

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Gatesville also defeated Lampasas in straight sets in the JV and freshman matches Tuesday.

The Lady Badger JV and freshmen host their home openers today against Killeen High School.

VARSITY STAT HIGHLIGHTS

Aces
Monica Garza 1
Brooklyn Edgar 1

Kills
Emma Cornish 4
Kapree Kitchen 4
Diane Hurst 3

Digs
Brooklyn Edgar 9

Assists
Tori Martinez 4
Sena Kucukkarca 4

Blocks
Jessica Ball 1
Abby Martin 1
Diane Hurst ½
Kapree Kitchen ½

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