Losing a pair of starters in the middle of the second set after a scary collision, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets rallied together with a shuffled lineup.
But the Lady Yellowjackets couldn’t slow down Fort Worth Nolan Thursday in a three-game loss. Led by Isabelle Kitowski’s 12 kills, Nolan beat Boyd 25-15, 25-20, 25-23.
Despite the loss, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton was impressed by her team’s fight after starting setter Morgan Abbott and outside hitter Kayleigh Pappajohn went down two-thirds of the way through the second set.
“When two starters take each other out, both of which play all the way around, your team is facing some big adversity,” Crafton said. “When you watch the kids rally together and fight back, it’s a great feeling. I love coaching because of the life lessons sport teaches them.”
Abbott immediately came out of the match with a leg injury with Boyd down 21-14 in the second set. Without her on the floor, Boyd shifted to a single-setter scheme with Baylie Harris. Harris doled out 13 assists.
“I ran a 5-1 all last year setting all the way around,” Harris said. “Coach said you’re setting again.”
With back-to-back kills from Macey McCune and Maddie Busch, Boyd trimmed Nolan’s lead to three, 21-18. Nolan stopped the comeback attempt with two kills by Kitowski and one from Kamrin Lazenby.
Nolan jumped out to an eight-point lead in the third game, 12-4. Boyd then began chipping away. Busch’s block for a kill pulled Boyd within four, 21-17.
Busch made four kills to go along with five blocks.
Boyd continued its rally to close within one, 24-23, before Nolan’s Emily Prudhomme’s smash brought an end to the match.
“I feel like the adversity we faced will help us,” Harris said. “We can’t hang our head.”
Boyd led game one at 11-10 after a kill by Abbott. She finished with five kills. Harris and Pappajohn also had five kills.
Britney Howard made 18 digs. Kendal Brewer added six.
Nolan went on an 11-3 run to build a 21-14 lead in the five-point, first-set win.