If there was any thought of a hangover after Decatur’s emotional win over Argyle Tuesday, it quickly vanished Friday night.
With Dylana Hutchins at the serve line to begin the game, Decatur scored the first eight points of the night and never looked back on their way to a three-game sweep.
Decatur (37-7) took the match over North Lamar (28-9) by scores of 25-9, 25-13, 25-8.
The Lady Eagles advance to play Spring Hill Saturday at Mesquite Poteet High School. Game time is 1 p.m.
“It’s always hard to play a big game against Argyle and let it go five sets and to come off that high and realize we are not done,” Decatur coach Claire Benedict said. “The girls did a good job of refocusing this week. A lot of respect to our kids for still being hungry for what they want this season to be.”
After the early 8-0 lead, the Lady Eagles continued to increase their lead as a Makala Mayfield kill made it 17-6.
Cooper Martin made it 22-9 with another kill, forcing a second North Lamar timeout. Decatur continued to pour it on.
Just as she had started the set, Hutchins ended the game with a kill to give Decatur a one-game advantage.
“We haven’t seen a whole lot of them,” Benedict said. “We were able to figure out what some of their offensive threats were and what kind of defenses they ran and adjust to that.
“We started well tonight and got them out of rhythm.”
The Pantherettes put up their biggest fight in the second game, leading 3-2 early before Decatur made a run.
Caroline Lowery tied the game 3-3 with a kill that ignited a 17-6 run. North Lamar pulled within 10 at 23-13, but again the Lady Eagles easily put the game away,
Any hopes the Patherettes had of climbing back into the match went away quickly in the third game with a 13-2 run by the Lady Eagles.
Lowery ended the match with another kill to seal the Decatur sweep.
“This is great,” Benedict said. “Let’s celebrate it for the next hour and then move on to Spring Hill. They [Spring Hill] are a good team and they don’t make very many errors. We’re going to have to go out and score points on them.”
Lowery led Decatur with 14 kills, 10 digs and five aces. Martin added nine kills and seven digs.
Mayfield recorded six kills, 11 digs and two aces. Hutchins added five aces, four digs and two kills.
Stormi Leonard dished out 35 assists, had five digs, two kills and two aces.