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Lady Eagles dominate in season opener

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Decatur Lady Eagles got their season off to a blazing start with two wins Tuesday.

Decatur took care of Joshua 22-25, 25-12, 25-17 and 25-9.

The Lady Eagles then disposed of Azle in four games, taking the match 25-21, 20-25,25-12 and 25-18.

Head coach Claire Rose was impressed.

“We performed well as a whole for the first two matches of the season,” Rose said. “I liked how well we played together as a team and how we competed for every point.

“We have a lot to learn about the game and a lot more to improve on, but I was extremely pleased with the energy we had as a whole and how everyone stepped in ready to go when we needed them.”

Despite a few areas of concern, Rose said a couple of things really stood out in the season’s first two outings.

“We got a lot of second-chance points, which I feel is a reflection of our ball control and desire to win,” Rose said. “This group likes to compete, and I am really excited about that.”

Makayla Mayfield led the way against Joshua picking up 10 kills, five aces and 14 digs.

Cooper Martin finished with 14 kills, nine digs and three blocks. Darci Billmire added eight kills and two blocks. Caroline Lowery had six kills, 10 digs and an ace.

Stormi Leonard picked up 30 assists.

In the Azle victory, Martin had 13 kills, four digs, two blocks and an ace. Lowery added eight kills, four assists, a block and an ace. Billmire tallied five kills and three blocks. Serena Estrada led in digs with 16 followed by Kirstin Nanny with 10.

Leonard finished with 23 assists.

The Lady Eagles began the Denton Ryan Tournament Friday, which will conclude Saturday afternoon. Decatur’s home opener is Tuesday against Whitesboro.

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