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Lady Bulldogs swat Lady Hornets in straight sets

August 24, 2011

Borger junior Kaylee Purcell #3 gets ready to make the kill in game one against Amarillo Highland Park on Tuesday evening. Borger won the match in straight sets. PHOTO BY MICHELLE BERRY

Just three days separated the last time the Borger Lady Bulldogs and the Amarillo Highland Park Lady Hornets met on the volleyball court. The Tuesday match meant the two teams would be fresh on each other’s minds.
On Saturday, the Lady Hornets got the upper hand by defeating the Lady Bulldogs in straight sets in the semifinals of the Sanford-Fritch Tournament before going on to win the tournament.
Fortunately, the Lady Bulldogs came out as the more aggressive team on Tuesday, getting the win in straight sets 25-19, 25-23, 25-17.
The win could have felt like sweet revenge to the Lady Bulldogs. However, that wasn’t the view Borger Head Coach Michael Littlejohn had on the victory saying, “I don’t go into games looking for revenge, but instead hoping that our team just performs better than the last time, which we did tonight.”
In comparing Saturday’s performance with Tuesday’s, Littlejohn commented, “We came out doing a better job getting to our spots and moving around to make plays on defense. On Saturday, I felt like we were standing around too much and we seemed to get a little intimidated after we fell behind. That wasn’t the case tonight. We came out playing hard throughout the entire match.”
The Lady Bulldogs started game one slow, leading the Lady Hornets to build a 6-11 lead.
After a timeout, the Kristen Mills-to-Haley Armstrong and Raygen Eakins connection gave the Lady Bulldogs a couple of big kills at the net to pull Borger back to within one point, 12-13.
At this point the momentum swung in the Lady Bulldogs favor, with the team going on a 9-0 run to build a 22-15 lead on their way to the game one win.
Armstrong and Eakins each had four kills, while Emma Wood had four blocks in game one. However, the Lady Bulldogs had a good effort from the entire team throughout the match leading to the win.
Littlejohn noted the whole team effort saying, “Raygen and Haley had good nights, but everyone was able to do their job and contribute in some fashion. That is what we have been working on and it paid off tonight.”
In game two a little deja vu took place, as the Lady Hornets built an early 9-13 lead. But again the Lady Bulldogs finished the game strong with a 6-3 run to take control of the match owning a two games to none lead.
By game three, the Lady Bulldogs were in a good rhythm that included Kaylee Purcell making three kills, while Wood and Nellie Embers each had two blocks.
The win takes the Lady Bulldogs to 6-5 in match play this season. The team will next travel to Fritch on Saturday to take on the Sanford-Fritch Lady Eagles at noon.
Lady Bulldog stat leaders: Kills-Armstrong 13, Eakins 11, Purcell 6; Blocks-Wood 7 Embers 3; Digs-Bethany Harris 11, Eakins 9; Assists-Mills 23; Aces-Eakins 1, Nicole McMurry 1.

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