Callisburg rallies past Boyd in 3A title match

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
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After winning the first set and rallying back from a five-point deficit, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets looked to put a stranglehold on the 3A title match Saturday, going up 23-21 in the second game.

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But after her team lost in the final a year ago, Callisburg senior Skylar Allen refused to let Boyd go up two sets. Allen put down back-to-back kills to tie the game. Callisburg then staved off two set points, before Macie Satterwhite put down a closing kill to give the Lady Cats the long game, 30-28.
The set proved to be the turning point. Behind the seemingly unstoppable Allen, who delivered 26 kills, Callisburg went on to take the next two sets and capture the 3A state title at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, 20-25, 30-28, 25-23, 25-19.
“It’s hard when you battle like that and you don’t come out on top, it’s sometimes hard to recover from,” Crafton said. “It does something to you. I don’t think we ever stopped or quit. It’s just tough for anyone to overcome, especially at this stage, when you battle so hard.”
Callisburg celebrated the program’s first state crown, while Boyd finished runner-up in its second straight trip to the state tournament. Boyd ended the season 44-6.
“We worked really hard to get where we are today,” said Boyd senior Macee Valtr. “We beat some really good teams to get here. It means a lot.”
Fellow senior Jordyn Todd added: “I’m extremely proud of how far we came. We did better than last year. That’s all we can ask for.”
Todd tallied 16 kills in her final match. Delaney Pellegrini led Boyd with 17.
Allen and Satterwhite combined for 46 of Callisburg’s 54 kills. Allen hit .354 with 21 digs and a block on the way to earning the MVP honor.
After the first set, Boyd found few answers for slowing Allen and Satterwhite, who had 20 kills.
“We knew we had to defend their outsides because we knew they had good outsides,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “We felt we had good outside too, so we were hoping that our defense could maybe counter that. It was a battle as it should be.”
Boyd tried to rally after dropping the second set taking a 20-19 lead in the third set on a Todd kill. But Allen quickly had the answer with a kill followed by her lone ace to give Callisburg the lead for good. Satterwhite for the second straight set delivered the final blow.
With the gold medal in sight, Callisburg jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the fourth set. Boyd cut the deficit to one, 13-12, but could never get even. An Allen kill started a 4-1 run that gave Callisburg breathing room and put it on the way to the title.


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