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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Olga Morales (right) attempts a block with Emma Parker during Tuesdays’ 3-2 win at Burkburnett. Morales finished the match with 13 kills and 5 blocks in what Lady Blues coach Marci Faulk said was Morales’ best match of the season.

Lady Blues lock up playoffs, second place in district

Once again the Lady Blues are heading to the playoffs. The Lady Blues secured a second-place finish in 5-4A with a 3-2 win at Burkburnett Tuesday night, 25-15, 20-25, 25-27, 25-14, 15-9.

The Burkburnett Lady Bulldogs hosted their annual senior night and the Lady Blues Tuesday night. The Lady Bulldogs honored their six seniors prior to the start of the match.

The opening set did not look like a 10-point win for the Lady Blues at the start. Behind a combined five kills by Jaliyah Cox and Tania Lee and with the help of two swings out of bounds by the Lady Blues, the Lady Bulldogs jumped ahead 6-2. The lead quickly shrank as the Lady Blues drew even at 7-7, with the Lady Bulldogs committing four errors. Rachel Grimsley earned the lone kill by the Lady Blues in the 5-1 run to tie the set. The Lady Blues outscored their hosts 18-8 over the remainder of the set to take an early lead in the match.

The Lady Blues were the team to take an early lead in the second set only to give it up. Trinity Gregory tried to make an impact early on, scoring three kills as the Lady Blues took a 5-3 lead. The Lady Blues held another two-point lead after a kill by Olga Morales. Burkburnett called timeout after three straight points and a four-point lead at 13-9. Emma Parker had earned a kill and an ace. The timeout was called after a kill by Braylee Mayes.

For the rest of the story, see the Oct. 23 edition of The Graham Leader.

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