After three wins in five matches at the highly competitive Denton Ryan Tournament last weekend, the Decatur Lady Eagles (5-2) held onto their No. 3 ranking in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association statewide poll.
“We did a pretty good job of handling the teams we got to see, and it’s always exciting getting to play Argyle,” Decatur coach Claire Benedict said. “A lot of people got to step up into roles that we needed to see happen.
“We served very well and blocked fairly well. It was good to see the team come together, get challenged and see some good competition on the other side of the net.”
Decatur defeated Lake Dallas 25-15, 25-12, 25-23.
Makayla Mayfield had 15 digs and 14 kills. Cooper Martin finished with 11 kills, and Dylana Hutchins blocked four. Stormi Leonard handed out 26 assists and had nine digs.
Decatur took down Frisco Heritage in four – 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-14 – as Mayfield led the way with 10 kills and 20 digs. Martin added 14 kills and eight digs, Hutchins recorded 10 kills, and Emily Oxford had four blocks.
Leonard dished out 25 assists and had 15 digs.
The Lady Eagles swept Liberty Christian 25-18, 25-19, 25-21. Martin finished with 14 kills. Darci Billmire had six kills and five blocks. Mayfield notched nine kills and 12 digs, and Leonard added 27 assists and nine digs.
Argyle edged Decatur in five 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 8-15.
Leonard put up 49 assists and 16 digs. Mayfield had 20 kills and 15 digs. Martin recorded 15 kills and 14 digs. Caroline Lowery finished with 13 digs.
Decatur’s second loss came to Frisco High 22-25, 26-28, 25-19, 20-25.
Mayfield led the way with 20 kills and 17 digs. Martin slammed down 13 kills and had 16 digs. Serena Estrada added 24 digs. Leonard handed out 36 assists and notched 13 digs.
Benedict said despite a lot of returning players, this is still a different team.
“It always takes a little time to gel and come together,” Benedict said. “The girls are reminded constantly that we just have to take it one game at a time, and tomorrow is a new day.”