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Lady Eagles sweep Godley, advance to area

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
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On the verge of sweeping Godley out of the playoffs, the Decatur Lady Eagles took a commanding 12-3 lead in the third set Tuesday night at Aledo.

Already up 2-0 in the match, Decatur surrendered an ace by the Lady Wildcats, and then another. Within a few minutes, Godley made two separate runs to level the score at 18.

Decatur coach Clark Oberle burned his final timeout to rally the troops, and his message was short and sweet.

“I just had to remind them this is the postseason, and if you lose focus you go to offseason real fast,” Oberle said. “Then they scored seven of the next eight and responded.

“Up until that point, we pretty much did what I wanted them to do. We had a game plan and they executed almost perfectly up until that point.”

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Out of the timeout, the Lady Eagles regained their composure in a hurry.

Decatur ended the third set on a 7-1 run, securing a 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 win over Godley in the 4A Region I bi-district round.

The Lady Eagles will play Midland Greenwood in the area round either Thursday or Friday. Oberle said a date and location for the match has not been set.

Senior Satasha Kostelecky, who finished second on the team with seven kills, said it was important to set the tone for the rest of the playoffs by winning in straight sets.

“With a sweep, teams know we’re good and we’re coming out here for you,” Kostelecky said. “We are ready to win state and are ready to go that far. That’s our goal and we are going to stop at nothing to get there.”

Outside of Kostelecky and senior libero Alyssa Wallace, it was Decatur’s underclassman who made the difference in Tuesday’s match.

Sophomore outside hitter Trinity Vinzant led Decatur in kills with 11. She hit .312. Freshmen Jentry Lamirand and Kota Hartman landed five kills each.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Combined, 25 of Decatur’s 33 kills came from freshman or sophomores.

“For the younger kids to come out and perform well, it was critical,” Oberle said. “Last year we kind of squeaked in [to the playoffs], weren’t ranked at all [or] very high. Expectations weren’t as high last year. This year, our expectations are higher so that brings more pressure.”

The Lady Eagles used an 8-2 run to take the first set, highlighted by sophomore Makenna Gantt setting up Hartman for a booming kill. Decatur won the second set in similar fashion, rattling off five straight points capped by a Gantt kill to go up 2-0.

With the win, the Lady Eagles improved to 32-11 overall on the season.

Decatur was tied for No. 10 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A poll and have been ranked as high as second this year. Wallace said throughout the season, she felt like the Lady Eagles’ have gotten other teams’ best shots, and Godley was no different.

“[Everyone] is on their A game to try their best to beat us,” Wallace said. “I think it motivates us, because even if a team has a bad record, they still play their best. So, it’s a tough game every game.”

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