Over the weekend, the Borger Lady Bulldogs took part in the Burkburnett Tournament, winning two matches in pool play and one match in bracket play.
The Lady Bulldogs came in third in Pool Play on Friday winning their matches against Vernon 15-6, 15-13; and Electra 15-6, 15-6; while falling in two tough matches to Kennedale 12-15, 13-15; and Holliday 14-16, 11-15.
The Lady Bulldogs performed well enough to qualify for the Gold Bracket in tournament play on Saturday and got the win over Wichita Falls Rider in three games 21-25, 25-21, 25-15.
Junior Haley Armstrong led the team by collecting nine kills with three aces, while senior Kristen Mills had sixteen assists.
In the semifinals, the Lady Bulldogs fell to the eventual tournament champions Wichita Falls High 20-25, 14-25, leading to a rematch with Kennedale for third place.
Kennedale took the first match, 16-25, but the Lady Bulldogs appeared to on their way to sending the match to a third game by building a 18-9 lead in game two. Unfortunately the Lady Bulldogs could not hang on to their game two lead, as Kennedale fought back to get the 22-25 win, causing the Lady Bulldogs to leave the tournament with a fourth place finish.
The Lady Bulldogs showed there are still areas for improvement, but overall Borger Head Coach Michael Littlejohn saw promise from his team, saying, “We played a lot of good teams and played very well at times as well as inconsistent. As this team gets more practices and matches under their belts, they are going to be a team to be reckoned with. The Wichita Falls Rider match shows this team can play with anyone when they get it together. We just have to clean up our defense and serve receive a little bit and we will be fine.”
The Lady Bulldogs will next take part in a triangular tomorrow evening against Amarillo River Road and Hereford at River Road High School starting at 5:00 p.m.
Borger vs Kennedale: 12-15, 13-15
Borger vs Holladay: 14-16, 11- 15
Borger vs Vernon: 15-6, 15-13
Borger vs Electra: 15-6, 15-6
Gold bracket play:
Borger vs WF Rider: 21-25, 25-21, 25-15
Kills: Haley Armstrong 9, Raygen Eakins 6, Kristen Mills 5, Emma Wood 5, Nellie Embers 3, Kaylee Purcell 2
Assists: Kristen Mills 16, Nicole McMurry 2
Blocks: Kaylee Purcell 5, Emma Wood 4, Nellie Embers 2
Aces: Haley Armstrong 3, Raygen Eakins 3, Kaylee Purcell 2
Digs: Bethany Harris 11
Borger vs Wichita Falls: 20-25, 14-25 (Semifinals)
Kills: Haley A. 3
Assists: Kristen M. 6, Nicole McMurry 2
Blocks: Kaylee P. 2, Nellie E. 2, Emma W. 2
Aces: Kaylee P. 1
Digs: Bethany H. 7, Lauren Hernandez 4, Kristen M. 3, Allyson Burrows 2
Borger vs Kennedale: 16-25, 22-25 (3rd Place game)
Kills: Raygen E. 8, Emma W. 5, Haley A. 3, Nellie E. 2
Assists: Kristen M. 16
Blocks: Kaylee P. 7, Emma W. 2, Nellie E. 2
Aces: Kaylee P. 3, Dakota Kairns 1, Raygen E. 1
Digs: Bethany Harris 6, Raygen E. 6,