Faced with an unconventional offense on the other side of the net, the Chico Lady Dragons made the needed adjustments Friday to pull off the three-game victory.
Chico took down Prairie Valley 25-7, 25-23, 25-9.
With a lack of big hitters, Prairie Valley sent over several balls on the first and second touch. Chico handled the chances to get points, especially in the first and third sets.
“You need to be more ready when you play teams like this because they are very unpredictable,” said Chico coach Missy Patterson. “We picked that up better in the third game. The second game, we played to their level.
“We need to be more consistent. We’ve had some bad habits lately. We need to make sure we are always swinging the same way.”
Alli York led the Lady Dragons with five kills.
Chico easily took care of the first set. In the second, the Lady Dragons lost a 16-13 lead as Prairie Valley fought back to take a 22-21 advantage.
A service error by Prairie Valley followed by York’s tip put Chico up 23-22.
Prairie Valley knotted the score at 23 before a pair of errors gave Chico the set.
In the third set, Britton Petty’s tip put Chico out to an 8-4 advantage. After Prairie Valley closed within two, 9-7, York put down a kill. She then served four straight points to stretch Chico’s lead to 15-7 on Hope Webb’s block.
Up 19-9, Petty stepped to the line and served the final seven points of the match. Her ace got Chico to match point, 24-9. She then forced a Prairie Valley service-receive error to close the match.
The Lady Dragons start play in the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona Thursday. Chico starts District 9-2A play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Newcastle. The Lady Dragons then play Ranger, Perrin, Graford, Bryson and Tolar before the open date Sept. 30.
Chico closes out the first half of league play Oct. 3 at home against Poolville.
“It’s going to be tight. This district is stronger than people think,” Patterson said. “We’ve seen most of the teams.”