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Lady Eagles suffer setback

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, September 28, 2013

After sweeping state-ranked Abilene Wylie on Saturday, the third-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles suffered one of their worst losses of the season Tuesday at Argyle.

Argyle, ranked fourth in the state with a 21-9 record, took down Decatur (23-7) in four games 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25.

“We had 22 unforced hitting errors and 12 mis-serves,” Decatur coach Claire Benedict said. “If you can’t keep the ball in play, there isn’t much you can do in a match against a really good team like Argyle.

“They got us out of our system, and we didn’t play well out of system.”

Coming off the emotional win Saturday, the Lady Eagles were unable to keep firing on all cylinders against a very good Argyle team.

“We played two great teams back-to-back, and you hope that you come out ready to perform in both those games,” Benedict said. “It just wasn’t our night on Tuesday.”

Makayla Mayfied had 22 kills and nine digs. Caroline Lowery finished with 15 kills and 11 digs. Cooper Martin added 11 digs and five kills.

Serena Estrada recorded 19 digs. Stormi Leonard handed out 45 assists, and had six digs.

Benedict says the team needs to learn from the loss, as they embark on a tough district schedule.

“I hope it reminds the girls that we still have to work hard a and we have a lot of work to do,” Benedict said. “I hope it reminds them that this team is not where we want to be, to be where we want to be in the end.”

Decatur began district play Friday against Sanger, and will have a bye Tuesday.

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