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Decatur bounces back, sweeps Bridgeport

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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After blowing a 2-1 lead against rival Argyle last Friday that cost them a chance to clinch the District 8-4A title, the Decatur Lady Eagles held a meeting first thing Monday morning.

And head coach Clark Oberle had a simple message for his team.

“We can’t do that anymore,” Oberle said. “We can’t lose to teams we’re better than, and I really feel like we’re better than Argyle. Losing to them was not a good thing.”

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Tuesday against Decatur’s other rival, Bridgeport, the Lady Eagles bounced back in short order.

Firing on all cylinders from the outset, Decatur never trailed against the Sissies, cruising to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-11 sweep.

“I think they were ready to come back and play a little better than what they did on Friday,” Oberle said. “They knew we made way too many errors and couldn’t play like that anymore if we wanted to get anything going for the postseason.”

In the Lady Eagles’ loss to Argyle, Decatur hit .094 and committed 27 attacking errors.

Decatur hit .266 and made just 10 attacking errors Tuesday.

Senior middle blocker Satasha Kostelecky led the Lady Eagles with seven kills. She hit .583 and blocked five shots.

Decatur started the first set on a 13-3 run, forcing Bridgeport into a quick timeout. In the second set, the Lady Eagles built another early lead, but the Sissies chipped away at it. Bridgeport cut Decatur’s advantage to 10-7, but the Lady Eagles went on a 7-0 run to pull away.

“We get so close and we can’t finish,” said Bridgeport coach Allison Jones. “We get close and then we let them get a seven-point run.  That’s kind of been a struggle for us all season. It kills our momentum.”

The Sissies battled back again in the third set to try and stave off the sweep, rallying back from an early 9-3 hole. But Decatur rattled off six straight points to seal the victory, sweeping the match and the season series from Bridgeport

“Decatur played much better this match than they did the first match,” Jones said. “And the scores were still close.”

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The loss dropped the Sissies to 11-12 overall and 1-5 in 8-4A but does not eliminate them from playoff contention. Bridgeport and Springtown are both 1-5 in league play with two games remaining.

Should Bridgeport and Springtown tie for fourth, Jones said she would want to play rather than flip for it. She added she is hoping to get freshman Zoe Hall back from injury for the tiebreaker. Hall has missed the last two months with an ankle injury.

The Sissies have not qualified for the postseason since 2015.

“It would mean a lot, just because of the district we are in” Jones said. “Everyone is so competitive and we’re actually competing this year. It’s huge.”

Decatur improved to 29-11 overall and 6-1 in 8-4A with the win. The Lady Eagles are tied with Argyle atop the district standings at 6-1 after Argyle swept Krum Tuesday.

Argyle wraps up its regular season at Bridgeport Friday. Decatur closes the regular season Friday at home against Springtown.

Oberle said he is still unsure how the two schools would settle a tie for first if they both finish with the same league record, but noted the Lady Eagles’ matches this week were important, regardless.

“Even though it’s against maybe the weaker teams in district, we needed to perform well and have a good showing, just so we don’t go crawling into the playoffs,” Oberle said. “We wanted to have some energy and momentum.”

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