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Boyd rallies to sweep Brock

By Richard Greene | Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets stumbled out of the gate Tuesday in their rematch of the Class 3A Region I final against Brock.
The Lady Yellowjackets found themselves down 20-14 in the opening set. Then suddenly one shot from Macee Valtr started a turnaround. Boyd went on an 11-4 run to steal game one and faced only one more deficit in the three-game sweep at home, 25-23, 25-21, 25-9.
“Our mindset going in was more relaxed than it should have been,” Valtr said. “We were a little bit surprised. We did a really good job of adjusting and doing what needed to be done.”
Boyd (26-4) moved to 2-0 in District 7-3A, picking up the key victory over Brock, who entered the match ranked 15th in the latest 3A Texas Girls Coaches Association poll. Boyd is ranked second behind Denver City.
Boyd coach Dusty Crafton said there was a lot of hype heading into the Tuesday’s match between last year’s region finalists. Boyd swept Brock last November to earn its first trip to state.
“I was proud of them. There was a lot of pressure for some of them,” Crafton said. “I like the way we battled in the first game. Although it wasn’t the prettiest, we battled and didn’t stop. That means something.”
Brock’s serving and the hitting of Jessie Steele put Boyd behind early. Steele landed six of her 14 kills in the first set. Boyd had three service-receive errors to go along with Brock’s three aces in the opening set.
“They do serve really well, and we had to get acclimated,” Crafton said. “This group is so coachable. Our serve-receive got better, and we adjusted defensively.”
Boyd erased a six-point deficit and took the lead at set point on a Jordyn Todd kill. A Brock error on the next point gave Boyd the opening-set victory.
Todd broke a deadlock at 11 in the second set and put Boyd ahead for good. Valtr later finished off the second set.
Valtr led the Boyd attack with 17 kills. She was one of three Boyd players with double-digit kills as setter Tori Pellegrini kept Brock’s defense guessing. Eight different Boyd hitters registered kills.
“We were trying to mix it up,” Valtr said. “[Coach] pushes us to run middle and right side. She doesn’t want to just to be known as an outside hitting team. We have those options.”
Delaney Pellegrini put down 14 kills and Jordyn Todd 12.
“We have our three strong hitters, but we also have other hitters that can step in and do things,” Crafton said. “The passing got a lot better as the games went, so we were able to do that. Obviously when the passes are good she can do that.”
Delaney Pellegrini landed eight kills in the final set, including the final two to finish off the night that ended much different than it started.
“I’m very proud of the whole team. We stepped up when we had to,” Valtr said.

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