After a pair of hitting errors by Fort Worth South Hills, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved within a point of closing out the match Tuesday in the fourth set.
That point would never come.
South Hills rallied from a 24-20 deficit in the set to win it 27-25. They went on to take the fifth-game tiebreaker and the match 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 15-7.
“We’re young and are having to fight through some mental mistakes,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “We have to have that killer instinct. We did some good things. It’s frustrating when we could have won in three and lost in five.”
After South Hills rallied to even the match and force the tiebreaker, its Te’Anna Taylor took over at the net. She recorded six kills in the fifth set – all within the game’s first 12 points – as South Hills built a 10-2 lead.
Boyd pulled within five, 12-7, on one of Kayleigh Pappajohn’s eight kills. That was as close as the Lady Yellowjackets would get.
Maddie Busch led Boyd with 14 kills. Bailey Harris added 10 kills and 13 assists.
Boyd took the first game 25-21 and led the second set 20-16. A Taylor kill started a comeback for South Hills, which went on a 9-2 run to end the game.
Boyd regained its composure in the third set. A Busch kill put the Lady Yellowjackets up 17-11. Boyd went on to win by eight as Busch slammed home kills for two of the last three points.
Boyd appeared on the way to finishing off South Hills in the fourth set, building a 13-9 lead on Morgan Abbott’s ace. She recorded five aces, while also handing out 19 assists.
Boyd’s lead grew to six, 19-13, on back-to-back kills by Busch.
But down the stretch Boyd couldn’t finish off South Hills.
Britney Howard led Boyd’s defensive effort with 25 digs.