BHS volleyball

Staff photo by Albert Villegas

Boling coach Ashleigh Burnside watches one of her varsity players be in position to return a serve during a practice last week inside the gymnasium.

When the University Interscholastic League permitted programs to begin practicing volleyball, the Boling and East Bernard teams could only oblige and fielded players in their gyms on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The two are among the best teams in District 24-3A. 

EBHS will defend its district title after finishing 12-0. Boling was second, going 10-2. The two district losses to the Lady Bulldogs’ county rivals.

And according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association, the East Bernard Brahmarettes are among the best in the state.

EBHS coach Breanna Lolley’s response was, “I think the recognition is deserved. These girls have poured their hearts into getting the program back on top. They will have to use it as motivation as well. They aren’t listed as a top five team so it is something we will use as fire and motivation as we set goals throughout the season.”

Boling, which is coached by Ashleigh Burnside, had 26 players report for the first day of practices.

It’s enough to field three teams, including JV and freshman teams.

Like many volleyball programs, there isn’t much time between beginning practices and competing.

So last weekend, BHS scrimmaged Sweeny and Angleton. It would once again scrimmage Angleton and Rice Consolidated early this week. BHS had a tri-match on Tuesday, Aug. 6 against host Sealy and Paetown.

The Lady Bulldogs will be competing at the Wimberley Tournament beginning this Friday, Aug. 9.

East Bernard scrimmaged once against Needville on Aug. 5. The Brahmarettes hosted St. John’s 23 and Sweeny already.

They begin tournament play in Columbus on Thursday, Aug. 8.

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