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Decatur sweeps Krum, starts district with win

By Reece Waddell | Published Monday, September 24, 2018.
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After being swept by Krum last season, the Decatur Lady Eagles were on a mission Friday night as they began District 8-4A play.

They wasted little time making a statement.

Decatur scored the first five points of the match, jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Lady Bobcats burned an early timeout to try and stop the bleeding, but the Lady Eagles kept coming.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Behind a dominant defensive effort, Decatur swept Krum 25-13, 25-14, 25-17, knocking off the defending District 9-4A champs.

“They beat us twice last year. It felt good to start district strong,” said Decatur coach Clark Oberle. “I feel like we played really well in just about every aspect of the game. I felt like we controlled the whole match. It was a great start. I’m really pleased.”

The Lady Eagles led 13-3 at one point in the first set, as Krum struggled to establish a rhythm offensively. Decatur tallied 87 digs as a team, forcing the Lady Bobcats into long rallies and miscues.

“It all starts with serve-receive and defense. I feel like we did a really good job keeping the ball off the floor,” Oberle said. “We had a few blocks early and I think that got in the hitter’s heads. They started tipping everything.”

Down 1-0, Krum tried to battle back in the second set. The two sides traded points until the Lady Eagles made an insurmountable run.

Decatur scored four straight points to take a 20-12 lead, with sophomore setter Makenna Gantt leading the Lady Eagles to a commanding 2-0 lead. Gantt finished tied for second in kills with eight and dished out 15 assists in her second game back from a concussion.

“Her decision-making — getting the ball where it needs to go — is night and day [from last year],” Oberle said. “Offensively, she scores a lot of points with her left arm when she is on the front row. That’s super valuable.”

Senior middle blocker Satasha Kostelecky also finished with eight kills. Sophomore Trinity Vinzant led the Lady Eagles with 11.

Decatur capped off its sweep by holding off a late comeback attempt from Krum in the third set.

The Lady Eagles improved to 25-9 overall and 1-0 in 8-4A with the victory. They traveled to Argyle Tuesday night, who eliminated them from the playoffs last year.

“We played consistent, so that’s what helped us throughout the entire match,” Kostelecky said. “With [Krum] beating us twice last year, it was our goal to beat them in three right off the bat. I think it boosted our confidence incredibly. Krum is going to be one of our huge competitors. Knowing we can beat them, we can beat anyone else.”

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