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Volleyball: Lady Eagles sweep Sissies in 9-4A opener

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Strong Start

STRONG START – Decatur middle blocker Satasha Kostlecky (10) and the Lady Eagles won the 9-4A opener over Bridgeport in three games Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur Lady Eagles struggled to get started in all three sets Friday against the rival Bridgeport Sissies.

Each time, the Lady Eagles found the perfect way to finish, going on closing runs of 21-7, 7-0 and 15-5 in the three-game sweep.

Decatur (20-10, 1-0) won the 9-4A opener 25-11, 25-15, 25-15 at Decatur High School gym.

“We’ve gotten a lot better at coming back. Early in the year, once we got down, we had a hard time,” said Decatur senior Autumn Finney. “There’s a lot of players picking the team up right now.”

With the league opening win, the Lady Eagles picked up their fifth straight victory.

Taking a Swing

TAKING A SWING – Decatur’s Madison Lowery hits the ball over Bridgeport’s Morgen Davidson during the Lady Eagles’ victory Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We’ve been working on some new things going into district. We got some work in and played late in each set when we needed to,” said Decatur coach Clark Oberle.

Finney proved to the be the finisher for Decatur in the final two sets. She closed the second set with a kill. In the final set, Finney followed up a kill by Satasha Kostelecky with one of her own to put Decatur up 12-10 and start the closing run.

Finney hit .250 with 10 kills in 28 attacks. Nine of her kills came in the final two games.

“I went out cautious, not wanting to commit a lot of errors,” Finney said. “Then it was time to score some points.”

Madison Lowery carried the Lady Eagles’ attack early. She piled up seven of her nine kills in the first two sets. She also added two blocks.

“Madison played really well,” Oberles said.

Mallory Downe handed out 14 assists and Makenna Gantt 11.

The Lady Eagles were also tough at the service line led by libero Tayte Helton, who had five of the team’s 12 aces.

Oberle said they have been concentrating on serving aggressively.

“It’s the first opportunity to score and get them out of system,” he said.

Kristen Grooms led Bridgeport’s attack with nine kills. She had four in the opening game.

A Grooms kill put the Sissies up 7-6 in the second set, but they couldn’t hold the lead, getting just nine more points.

“It was our first district match, and we were nervous,” Grooms said. “We were not as aggressive as we are in practice and played it safe.”

Morgen Davidson tallied 11 assists for the Sissies.

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