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Twice as nice: Decatur rallies past Glen Rose to reach state

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Joyful Finish

JOYFUL FINISH – Decatur’s Trinity Vinzant and Jentry Lamirand embrace as teammates celebrate the Lady Eagles’ 4A Region I final victory over Glen Rose Saturday. Decatur will play in the 4A semifinal Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Over the verge of falling into a 2-1 deficit Saturday morning, the No. 9 Decatur Lady Eagles found themselves trailing No. 7 Glen Rose 17-11 in the pivotal third set.

With its season and a trip to the state tournament at stake, Decatur needed a rally – fast.

The duo of senior Alyssa Wallace and freshman Jentry Lamirand delivered one. Wallace sparked a 5-1 run from the service line to get Decatur to within 18-16. Moments later, Lamirand buried a viscous kill to cut the deficit to one.

The Lady Eagles completed the comeback on another Lamirand kill to win the set 25-23.

“I didn’t even realize [we were down that much],” said Decatur coach Clark Oberle. “That’s insane.

“I got amnesia or something. They refuse to quit, and they believe. The whole time they never doubted. That’s all you can say.”

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JOYFUL FINISH – Decatur’s Trinity Vinzant and Jentry Lamirand embrace as teammates celebrate the Lady Eagles’ 4A Region I final victory over Glen Rose Saturday. Decatur will play in the 4A semifinal Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Behind double-digit kills from three different players and 21 points from senior Satasha Kostelecky, Decatur (37-11) knocked off the Lady Tigers 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 to win the 4A Region I title at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

It is the first time the Lady Eagles have made the trip to Garland since winning the Class 4A title in 2014. For Kostelecky – the only player remaining from the 2015 team that lost in the regional final – Saturday’s victory was sweet redemption.

“My freshman year, we lost in this round,” Kostelecky said. “Coming back and winning it my senior year – I’m on cloud nine right now.”

Decatur will face Melissa at 11 a.m. Friday in the 4A semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Kostelecky, Lamirand and sophomore Trinity Vinzant recorded double-digit kills for Decatur againt Glen Rose. Kostelecky led the Lady Eagles with 12 kills, hit .346, made six blocks and served three aces. She also eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark in her career at Decatur.

Oberle said getting his all-state middle blocker to the state tournament was a special accomplishment for him.

“Satasha, as good as she’s been for four years, she’s never had the opportunity to play at the state tournament before,” Oberle said. “She’s good enough and deserves that. That feels good for me, knowing she’s going to get that opportunity. Now, we get to see her shine on the big stage.”

Decatur fended off several rallies from Glen Rose in the fourth set, as the Lady Tigers battled back to try and salvage their season. After the Lady Eagles went up 21-17, Glen Rose scored four straight points to even the score at 21.

As they did all morning, Decatur responded one final time, winning the match when the Lady Tigers’ final shot hit the side of the antenna.

The Lady Eagles’ bench erupted, and Glen Rose players crumpled to the floor. A hard-fought match was finally over.

“The girls stepped up,” Oberle said. “We knew who their weapons were. The first set, we had seen them on film, but it’s different to see them on a film and play against them. In between sets we talked about how we were going to adjust. Our well-balanced attack and defensive adjustments were the difference.”

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