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Wed, November 1, 2000
Burleson knocks out Lady Bulldogs

DENTON, Texas - Burkburnett didn't have time to catch its breath Tuesday night before Burleson had taken control of the Region I-4A area round volleyball playoff.
   The Lady Elks (29-5) scored the first 13 points of the match and claimed a 15-6, 15-6 victory, ending the season for the surprising Lady Bulldogs.
   Burkburnett coach Linda Richards expected every match to be a struggle as her team would fight for a playoff spot, but the Lady Bulldogs (19-15) pulled together despite some injuries and won District 5-4A.
   "I thought we'd fight for the third playoff spot, but individually they grew and they grew together," Richards said. "It was a very well-rounded and close-knit team. They supported each other and we grew a lot."
   The Lady Bulldogs couldn't climb up to the level of the Lady Elks, but Richards was proud of the effort after falling behind.
   "We knew we'd have to play over our heads," Richards said. "They are a good team and we have nothing to be ashamed of. Our kids did a great job."
   Six seniors played their final match for Burk: Julia Graham (two kills, two blocks); Tonya Pickett (4-of-4 serves, one kill); Sarah Mills (5-of-6 hits, two kills, two blocks); Jamie Logan; Jennifer Barker; and Brittany Willson.
   Richards loved the play she saw out of her three sophomores - sisters Shera and Amy Taylor (two kills, four hits, one block) along with Diana Walck.
   "The underclassmen did a super job, and they didn't act like they were afraid at all," Richards said.
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