Liberty-Eylau played with expectation and cohesiveness.
The Lady Leopards earned their first District 15-4A victory, limited Pittsburg's momentum and claimed a 25-23, 25-15, 25-20 sweep over the Lady Pirates on Tuesday at the Rader Dome.
L-E (1-2 district) had a tough opener to put away the initial set, dominated the second game from beginning to end, and pulled away late to finish off the league match in straight sets.
"One of our biggest goals this year was to take steps to put ourselves in good positions in matches and finishing," Lady Leopards head coach Lacey Middlebrooks said. "We have broken it down more to every point; we want to finish sets but also need to finish on every point.
"Winning the big rallies has been a big goal of ours. Being able to finish rallies against anyone shows us that we are chipping away at some of our little goals."
Daycoria Meadows and Tamara Norris each smashed eight kills in the well-rounded Leopard offense. Simaya White added seven kills, and Breanna Webster had six. White led all servers with 15 points, and Meadows served 14 winners.
After rallying to take the first set by a narrow margin, the Leopards built leads of 5-2, 9-4, 13-5 and 18-7. From that point, the deficit remained in the 7-10 point range, Liberty-Eylau scoring 4 of the last 5 to go up 2-0 in the match.
The Lady Pirates tied the third game three times early and held a slim 8-7 advantage on the scoreboard, but the Leopards scored three in a row to start an 8-3 rally to go ahead 15-10. Pitt used a 4-point run to cut the L-E lead to 19-18 but never got even as the home team scored 6 of the last 8 points.
"We talked before the game about maintaining some consistency," Middlebrooks said. "We had some little mistakes that can be fixed. There's still things we need to improve on, but we're going the right direction."
Tanner Robb served 13 points, and Alyssa Littles, Norris and Webster contributed 11 points apiece. Kirsten Stuard had 11 digs to lead the back row.
Pittsburg won the junior varsity match, 25-8, 25-17. Kayla Crabtree served six points to lead L-E.