Volleyball: Decatur rebounds to beat Sissies – Lady Eagles end two-match skid in loop

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
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PRESENTING A CHALLENGE – Decatur’s Harper Lowery (16) and Satasha Kostelecky (10) jump to block the shot of Bridgeport’s Kristen Grooms during the Lady Eagles’ win in four games Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

When Bridgeport’s Kristen Grooms’ shot hit the floor to even the match Tuesday against Decatur, a loud roar echoed through Bridgeport High School gym.

Decatur quickly regrouped behind freshman Trinity Vinzant and quieted the Sissies in the third game. Decatur went on to take the victory in four sets (25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-9).

Vinzant buried four of her team-high 14 kills in the third set, including back-to-back finishers that started a 9-4 closing run.

“We definitely had more energy and got more momentum,” Vinzant said. “It got to us how we lost the second set.”

Vinzant hit .483 in the match.

“She kept everything in play and didn’t make many errors. That was important especially at a time when we were making a lot of errors,” said Decatur coach Clark Oberle. “She did a good job of keeping the ball in.”

With the victory, Decatur snapped a two-match slide in District 9-4A and moved to 4-2 in the league. Decatur is tied with Argyle for second – two matches behind district leader Krum with four rematches remaining.

“We have to play better than we have the last two matches,” Oberle said. “The girls are still working hard in practice. We’ll take it one match at a time, and it should be a fun ride.”

Bridgeport dropped to 1-5 in the district.

“We have to keep grinding and preparing ourselves for what we have in front of us,” said Bridgeport coach Morgan Mathews.

After dropping the second set, Decatur limited Bridgeport to nine kills over the final two games. The Lady Eagles attacked the net, blocking 18.5 shots. Satasha Kostelecky registered 10.

The Lady Eagles also made 98 digs on the back row. Tayte Helton had 34.

Offensively, Decatur spread the ball around and hit .234. Six different players finished with multiple kills. Madison Lowery and Kostelecky combined for 10 kills in the middle.

“We wanted to establish the middles early. We didn’t do that Friday,” Oberle said.

Makenna Gantt handed out 19 assists and Mallory Downe had 17.

A Kostelecky block ended an 8-0 run to cap the opening set.

Bridgeport battled back behind Grooms, who landed six of her nine kills in the second set.

Bridgeport’s Haley Barton served a pair of aces to start the third set, but Decatur didn’t stay down long, responding with a 15-8 spurt. Decatur never trailed again.

“I liked the way we rebounded. We didn’t panic and held together,” Oberle said.

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