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Decatur rallies, knocks off defending district champ Krum

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
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With his team deadlocked in a key match Tuesday night against defending district champion Krum, Decatur coach Clark Oberle asked an official for a rotation check.

The Lady Bobcats had already made a run to even the third set and looked as though they were on the verge of doing it again. But after over five minutes of discussion among the officials and scorer’s table, it was determined Krum served out of rotation, giving the Lady Eagles the point.

Decatur never looked back.

The Lady Eagles went on an 8-0 run to take the third set and control of the match, escaping with a 18-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-14 victory on the road.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“After the out of rotation call they kind of [collapsed],” Oberle said. “I don’t think they got much going after that.”

Krum only scored two points after the out of rotation call in the third set. With Decatur’s defense clamping down, the Lady Bobcats’ offense started to sputter.

Senior middle blocker Satasha Kostelecky helped lead the charge on offense and defense for the Lady Eagles. She buried a team-high 17 kills, hit .500 and tied for the team lead with four blocks.

“Every time I hit they couldn’t pick it up,” Kostelecky said. “It was very rare they even got a touch on it. I think that definitely helped our team establish the middle and also opened up the hitters to get more kills.”

In the decisive fourth set, Decatur went on another long run, scoring seven consecutive points to seize control. Krum tied the set at six before the Lady Eagles pulled away, as Decatur’s offense finally settled into a groove after getting off to a sluggish start.

Oberle said in the first set, he felt as though the Lady Eagles came out flat. The Lady Bobcats went on a 7-0 run to close out the first set and take a quick 1-0 lead.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

But once the Lady Bobcats stole the first set, Oberle said Decatur was quick to refocus.

“[We] didn’t come in ready to go with the fire [we] needed to and Krum did,” Oberle said. “They had the fire and played great defense early. It kind of surprised us, and it took us a while to get going.”

Jentry Lamirand and Trinity Vinzant each landed nine kills for the Lady Eagles. Bayli Miller dished out 27 assists, spearheading the Lady Eagles’ offensive attack.

Senior libero Alyssa Wallace made 39 digs.

With the win, the Lady Eagles improved to 28-10 overall and 5-0 in District 8-4A. Decatur has only lost two sets in league play and is currently No. 7 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A poll.

While he was pleased Decatur came out with the win, Oberle said he hopes moving forward, Tuesday’s match will serve as a reminder his team has to come out firing from the outset.

“I think it proved the fact we have to show up and play every night, because everyone wants to knock us off,” Oberle said. “We are going to get everyone’s best shot.”

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