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Decatur gives Graham the blues

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, September 8, 2012

ANOTHER SWEEP – Decatur’s Stormi Leonard and Darci Billmire go up for a block during the Lady Eagles win over Graham Tuesday. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

With one of their top players on the bench Tuesday, the high flying Decatur Lady Eagles still had no trouble with the Graham Lady Blues. Decatur swept the match 25-13, 25-11, 25-15.

Sophomore Cooper Martin was held out of the game due to illness, but it did not faze the Lady Eagles (16-2) as they rolled to another dominating performance.

“Coming off a holiday weekend you never know how they are going to come out and play, but we came out with consistency and energy,” said Decatur coach Claire Rose.

After Graham tied the first game 3-3, the Lady Eagles took off going on a 17-5 run and cruising to the win.

Decatur trailed for the only time early in game two. Graham led 4-3 before the Lady Eagles tied things up and got the serve back. Stevi Perkins led Decatur to five straight points from the service line to help give her team some breathing room. The Lady Eagles ended the second game on a 15-6 run.

Graham had nothing left for the third game as Decatur flexed its muscle again. An 8-0 run to start the final game left little doubt that the match would end.

The Lady Eagles have been racking up sweeps lately and Rose said when they have the opportunity to do so, they want to take advantage.

“We want to beat teams in three when we should beat teams in three,” Rose said. “That was clearly a situation where we needed to come out, take care of business and go home. We don’t want to take anybody for granted though because at any moment anything can happen and anybody can beat anybody.”

Despite another impressive performance, Rose said there is still a lot of room for improvement.

“We have a lot of weaknesses,” Rose explained. “We are young and there is always room for development and learning the game better.

“We have a lot to work on every day, and our goal is to get in the gym and get better every time we touch the ball.”

Makayla Mayfield led the Lady Eagles with 10 kills, four aces and six digs. Caroline Lowery finished with nine kills and a block. Darci Billmire added six blocks and two kills.

Stormi Leonard handed out 22 assists and recorded seven kills.

On Thursday, the Lady Eagles began pool play at the Nocona Tournament. They began the tournament with four more wins. Decatur defeated Bowie 25-18, 25-15. The Lady Eagles then swept Electra 25-10, 25-17, and then they took down Windthorst 25-16, 25-16. The Lady Eagles also defeated the Nocona JV 25-4, 25-14.

Decatur will conclude the Nocona Tournament Saturday.

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