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Lady Eagles sweep Lake Dallas in season opener

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.
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It did not take long for the Decatur Lady Eagles to knock off the rust off Tuesday night.

In their first match since losing in the 4A Region II quarterfinals last November, Decatur erased a four and five-point deficit in the second set to sweep Lake Dallas 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18).

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“We had a few too many errors — more than I’d like to see. But for the first match of the year, I can’t complain,” said Decatur coach Clark Oberle.

The Lady Eagles were in control for most of the first set, cruising to a 25-18 victory. Decatur took an early lead in the second set, but Lake Dallas came storming back, going up 7-3 and 17-12.

Oberle burned a timeout to rally the troops and the Lady Eagles responded, scoring seven unanswered points to re-take the lead at 19-17. Decatur went on to take the second set and a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

“We just lost focus serving and passing,” Oberle said. “I called a timeout, settled them down a little bit and they eliminated their mental mistakes. That was good to see early in the season in a pretty pivotal point in the match.”

Sophomore Trinity Vinzant and senior Satasha Kostelecky tied for the team lead in kills with eight. Tayte Helton served five aces, including one that swung momentum back to Decatur in the third set.

The Lady Eagles tied the set at three on Helton’s ace and never trailed again.

The Lady Eagles’ newest member, senior Argyle transfer Alyssa Wallace, led Decatur in digs with 21. Several times throughout the match, Wallace made key plays on the back row to keep rallies alive and save points.

“She’s a huge addition for us,” Vinzant said. “We definitely needed her this year. She’s a really good passer — one of the best.”

Decatur will travel to Pearland for the Adidas JT Classic Tournament Thursday-Saturday. The Lady Eagles’ next home game is Friday, Aug. 31 against Boyd. The Lady Jackets beat Decatur once last season and advanced to the 3A semifinals in 2017.

“I feel like over the next few weeks, the tournaments we’re going to, we’ll get those mistakes fixed and we’ll be looking good,” Oberle said.

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