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Mixed emotions; Decatur defeats Brock but falls to No. 1 Abilene Wylie

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TEAMWORK – Decatur’s Katie Isham and Caroline Lowery go up for a block Saturday against Brock. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

It turned out to be a bittersweet Saturday for the No. 3 team in Class 3A, the Decatur Lady Eagles. They defeated the No. 3 team in Class 2A, Brock, in five 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11. Abilene Wylie, the No. 1 team in Class 3A, then took down the Lady Eagles in four 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25.

Despite coming away with a split, Decatur coach Claire Rose was still disappointed.

“We missed out on a good opportunity to prove that we are right there in the mix,” Rose said. “We should have a done a better job against Wylie.”

Even though it was not a playoff game, the loss to Wylie burns deep for a Decatur team that has been knocked out of the postseason by the Lady Bulldogs the last two seasons. According to Rose, the win against Brock did not make up for much.

“We got two good matches against two really good teams,” Rose said. “I just wanted to come out and play really good against Wylie – and we didn’t.”

Decatur got off to a blazing start, taking the first two games against Brock with a commanding lead.

In game three Brock jumped out to an early lead until a Cooper Martin kill tied things at 10-10. Decatur kept the run going moving to a 14-10 lead before Brock closed the game on a 15-7 run.

Game four was close throughout, but Brock never relinquished the lead after the game was tied 17-17.

Decatur got off to a tremendous start in the deciding game five as the Lady Eagles led10-4 before Brock started chipping away. After a time-out with Decatur leading 12-10, the Lady Eagles closed on a 3-1 run to take the game and the match.

“We had three disciplined teams that played good volleyball,” Rose said about the dual matches. “We came out strong against Brock in the first two sets and played very even and consistent. Then we let them come back in sets three and four and had to work really hard in the fifth set to get the win.”

Caroline Lowery finished with 13 kills and 14 digs. Martin had 12 kills and nine digs. Makayla Mayfield added 11 kills, one block and 11 digs. Darci Billmire recorded 10 kills and two blocks. Stormi Leonard handed out 48 assists.

Against Wylie, Lowery led with 13 kills, 20 digs and two aces. Martin finished with 11 kills and eight digs. Billmire added nine kills, five blocks and three digs. Mayfield recorded eight kills, three blocks and 15 digs. Leonard added 35 assists.

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