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Lady Eagles off to flying start; Decatur opens district with sweep of Sanger

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{{{*}}}After a disappointing loss to Argyle, the third-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles responded with a district-opening win over the Sanger Lady Indians.

It kept intact Decatur’s streak of five straight years without losing a game in league play.

Decatur (24-7, 1-0) took the match 25-9, 25-14, 25-17.

BACK IN ACTION – Decatur’s Katie Isham returned to the Lady Eagle lineup helping them get a district opening win against Sanger. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

“They have a lot of pride in that,” coach Claire Benedict said about the streak. “They have big goals set throughout district and they know every point matters.

“They want to get better every opportunity they have and that’s the mentality you have to have going through district.”

The Lady Eagles came out and dominated the opening game, taking a 14-4 lead and extending it to 17-6 on a Makayla Mayfield kill.

They ended the first set on a 9-3 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

“We came out strong, passed well and hit the ball well,” Benedict said. “We were moving the ball around on offense. It was a good recovery from Tuesday.”

After giving up the first point in the second game, Decatur never trailed again, taking a 17-7 lead on a Cooper Martin kill.

Dylana Hutchins ended the game with an ace.

Benedict let numerous players see the floor in the third and final game, as Decatur led from start to finish.

“We have to get to a point where everybody is ready to go in the game at any point,” Benedict said. “We’re going to need that from kids.”

Mayfield led the Lady Eagles with nine kills, three aces and 10 digs. Cooper Martin and Courtnie Roberts each finished with six kills.

Caroline Lowery added 13 digs, three aces and three kills. Hutchins recorded four kills and four digs.

Stormi Leonard had 27 assists and secured eight digs.

The Lady Eagles travel to Bridgeport Friday.

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