As they have throughout district play, the fourth-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles made quick work of their opponent in the opening round of the playoffs Tuesday.
The Lady Chaparrals were able to play well early, but Decatur still strolled to a 25-17, 25-12, 25-9 win in a Class 3A Region II bi-district match at Denton Ryan High School.
Decatur (35-7) showed why it’s ranked No. 4 by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, and closed the match with 11 straight points to advance to face Bonham in the area round.
“We had to work for points, but we were the better team,” Decatur coach Claire Benedict said. “We passed well in serve-receive, and we served OK. It was a step in the right direction.”
Aubrey, which finished fourth in District 10-3A with a 2-6 record, made its first playoff appearance since moving up to Class 3A. Aubrey’s last playoff appearance ended when the Lady Chaps lost to Poth in the 2009 Class 2A state final.
Decatur is coming off their fifth straight district championship, and advanced to the regional finals last season.
Aubrey sophomore Bay Thomas led the team with four kills.
Decatur junior Makayla Mayfield had a game-high 12 kills. Caroline Lowery added eight, Cooper Martin had nine, and Dylana Huchins finished with seven.
Aubrey’s back row was led defensively by juniors Kenzie Sanders and Brooklin Housden, a big reason why the Lady Chaparrals made things interesting early on.
Aubrey played well and forced some extended rallies in the first two sets before Decatur closed the Chaps’ season.
Benedict says it’s still all business right now for her team, whose main goals lie farther down the road.
“With the caliber of team we are, it comes with some ups and downs,” Benedict said. “People believe in us, and it’s great to be a good team. With that you lose some of the excitement down the road.
“It’s just expected of us to perform well throughout district, and winning it for the fifth year is great – but their goals are much farther down the line.”
Martin finished with nine digs and had four blocks. Serena Estrada added 11 digs.
Stormi Leonard handed out 32 assists.