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Brock's Laney Dale and the Lady Eagles finished fourth in the Bev Ball Classic over the weekend.

The Brock Lady Eagles traveled to Abilene over the weekend for the Bev Ball Classic tournament, opening with five-straight wins en route to a fourth-place finish.

Brock quickly got to work Friday, sweeping Brownwood 2-0 (25-16, 25-14) before picking up a 2-1 win (25-23, 22-25 and 25-20) versus Boerne, as well as 2-0 sweeps against Lake Dallas (25-23, 30-28), Hawley (25-11, 25-16) and Abilene (25-14, 25-10).

Lady Eagles’ Head Coach Mallory Daniel praised her players for coming out of the gate strong. 

“I feel like we started off playing very consistent,” Daniel said.

“I felt that we blocked really well right from the beginning. We played a fast-paced game. Defensively, we were very in sync. I walked away from the tournament with positive thoughts overall.”

Brock’s tournament record fell to 5-2 after 2-0 losses to Krum (22-25, 14-25) and Bushland (21-25, 18-25) later in the competition Saturday.

Daniel said the team’s dip in production during the tourney’s second day was at least partially due to fatigue from playing so many matches in a short time frame.

“As the weekend went on, obviously when you get a little tired, some of those things can tend to fall off a little bit, but we’re gonna work to tighten everything up for extended periods of time,” Daniel said.

One of the Lady Eagles’ highlights from last weekend came in the form of all-tournament recognition for two players, seniors Kealey Dent and Jessie Steele.

Daniel said the pair were well deserving of the awards, while stressing that Brock got strong performances from its entire roster.

“Kealey and Jessie both played very consistently throughout the tournament,” Daniel said.

“Some impressive plays were made by them, as well as other members of the team. I’m so happy they were recognized for their hard work.”