The Lake Belton Broncos’ varsity volleyball team took the road on Friday evening to take on district opponent Salado.
Lake Belton had a strong finish to the first game. However, the Eagles were able to use their experience to pull away from the Broncos in the second game and used the momentum to edge out Lake Belton, three games to one.
The win improved Salado to 15-10 overall and 7-1 in District 19-4A play. The Broncos dropped to 4-4 in District 19-4A and 12-14 overall.
Danica Bingham’s ace at the beginning of the match helped the Broncos out to a 2-0 lead.
Lainey Taylor’s kill gave the Eagles a spark to get them on the scoreboard.
With the score 3-3, Lake took a lead in the game that they would not relinquish. Bingham, Sydni Cartwright, Katie Weiters, Landyn Johnson and Reagan Furney had kills in the middle game, which the Broncos built to a seven-point lead, 18-11.
Salado began to make a move in the latter part of the game, drawing to within four points of the Broncos, 23-19.
Bingham’s back-corner kill clinched the first game for the Broncos.
The Eagles started the second game with a kill by Kenslee Konarik that gave them a 4-3 lead.
Furney had a kill and block to interrupt a Salado 6-2 stretch to keep the game close.
Weiters had a kill that was sandwiched between kills by Taylor and Haleigh Wilk. The kills by Taylor and Wilk built Salado’s lead to eight points, 19-11.
The Broncos were diving and digging late in the second game, as they put together an 8-1 to pull to within a point, 20-19.
However, Salado scored the final five points to even the match, 1-1.
Emily Evatt’s block claimed the early lead for the Broncos, and Bingham doubled it with a service ace.
The Eagles soared back with two kills from Alex Dworaczyk, one from Taylor, and an ace by Amy Manning to take a 20-11 lead.
The Broncos fought to stay alive down the stretch, as Cartwright and Furney each had a kill.
Salado closed out the game with an 11-point victory to take a 2-1 match lead.
The Eagles soared out to an 8-0 start in the final game, which the Broncos struggled to close.
Salado led by as many as 10 points, although Lake Belton closed the gap to six points in the middle strains with a four-point run. Bingham had two kills and Johnson added another during the run.
It was another solid fight for the Broncos, as they enter their final week of the regular season.
Lake Belton will host Taylor Tuesday at Bronco Gym, will finish the regular season at Jarrell on Friday.