Volleyball: Lady Eagles return home, slam No. 1 Brock

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Returning to their home court for the first time since the season opener, the Decatur Lady Eagles turned a showdown with Class 3A’s top-ranked team into a mismatch.

Behind a quick offensive attack and gritty defensive performance, Decatur swept Brock in three games Tuesday, 25-15, 25-21, 25-18.

All Out Effort

ALL-OUT EFFORT – Decatur’s Stormi Leonard dives for a ball during the Lady Eagles’ win over Brock Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“We played good. It feels good and is fun to have a home game,” said Decatur outside hitter Cooper Martin. “We fed off the crowd and everyone yelling.”

Martin put down 10 kills and made six digs. Caroline Lowery led Decatur with 13 kills on 25 hits. Makayla Mayfield added nine kills.

For the match, Decatur hit .371 (39-for-89).

“Our outside hitters played well,” said Decatur coach Claire Benedict-Gay. “Cooper played really well. Overall, we got a lot of reps at a lot of positions.”

Setter Stormi Leonard handed out 21 assists with six different players recording kills.

With their attacking offense and strong defensive effort, the Lady Eagles kept Brock from making any significant runs through the match.

“We’ve been focusing on siding out quickly,” the Decatur coach explained. “To come in and beat a quality opponent like this is good.”

Leonard made a team-high 10 digs. Mayfield finished with eight. Martin, Courtnie Roberts and Taylor Uselton added six each.

Decatur stormed out of the gates swinging. The Lady Eagles hit .458 in the first set with only two errors.

After winning the first game by 10, Decatur fended off a Brock attempt to get back in the match in the second set.

In the third set, Brock jumped out to an 8-6 lead. The set remained tight until Decatur went on a five-point run with Lowery at the service line to take an 18-12 lead.

A tip by Mayfield, followed by a Lowery kill, put Decatur at match point, 24-18. Decatur finished off the match on a Brock error.

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