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Lady Eagles off to perfect start; Decatur moves to No. 3 in state poll

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, August 17, 2013

The state-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles began the season with two straight victories in a dual match at Joshua Tuesday.

Decatur (2-0) disposed of Azle 25-14, 25-16, 25-14 and then took care of Joshua 25-11, 25-18, 25-11.

Head coach Claire Benedict said this year’s group is coming together quickly.

“Team chemistry-wise, I think they are figuring it out,” Benedict said. “We’ve added some new faces to the roster from the team last year.

“It’s a good dynamic personality wise. The family mindset is still there.”

Cooper Martin led with 11 kills against Azle. Darci Billmire and Caroline Lowery each had seven. Lowery also added nine digs and four aces. Makayla Mayfied put down nine kills and 10 digs.

Stormi Leonard handed out 26 assists.

Lowery had 12 kills and 10 digs against Joshua. Martin added 12 kills. Mayfield collected nine digs and six kills. Jacey Loflin had eight digs. Dylana Hutchins added four digs and four kills.

Leonard put up 26 assists and eight digs.

Decatur was competing in the Denton Ryan Tournament this weekend, and will have their home opener Tuesday against Aledo.

It will be the first of only five home games before the district schedule begins Sept. 27.

“I would obviously like to have more home games,” Benedict said. “We want to keep our competition level high so we are challenged throughout our preseason and we are willing to go on the road to do that.”

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