The Boling Lady Bulldogs got back into the win column in District 24, beating the Hempstead Lady Bobcats in three sets 25-17, 25-19, 27-25 at home Tuesday night.

Lady Bulldog sophomore Savannah Savage and junior Madison Malone picked up kills throughout the night. Boling junior Payton Calk and sophomore Ellie Voulgaris had strong games at the net getting their hands on kills and blocking shots.

“When we’re good, we get up and put the ball down,” Malone said. “We just have to work on getting out of our little ruts. Other than that, I think we played better tonight than we have the past couple of weeks.”

Hempstead had a tough time in the first two sets giving away points to Boling on unforced errors.

Savage and Malone’s offense helped them easily cruise early.

Savage led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 kills.

The Lady Bulldogs got a little more resistance in the final set with Hempstead jumping out to an early 5-2 lead. Boling had some trouble keeping kills in-bounds, helping Hempstead keep their lead.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 16-12 but went on a 6-2 run to tie the game. Both teams remained close the rest of the set. Tied 24-24, Hempstead hit the net while trying to fire a kill over the net, putting Boling one point away from a win. A Lady Bulldog short serve tied the game again. Savage broke the tie, landing a kill. Sophomore Emma Jones ended the game with an ace, her third on the night.

“We’re up and down, up and down,” Boling coach Ashleigh Burnside said. “When we’re going good, it’s really good. But when we slump and get complacent, we struggle.”

The win avenges a tough four-set loss on the road to Danbury the game before. The Bulldogs are now 3-1 in district play.

Boling has games next week with Brazos at home on Tuesday and East Bernard on the road on Friday.

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