The Decatur Lady Eagles shook off a slow start to take down the top-ranked team in Class 2A, the Brock Lady Eagles, Monday night in their playoff warm-up match.
Behind the blocking of setter Joey Redwine and hitting of freshman Caroline Lowery, Decatur beat Brock in four games, 22-25, 26-24, 25-11, 27-25.
Decatur, which swept through District 7-3A, extended its winning streak to 11 matches heading into the playoffs. It did see its streak of consecutive games won snapped at 30 with the game-one loss.
Redwine had a big match at the net with five blocks for kills, and 11 blocks overall. She recorded four blocks for kills in game four including three straight for Decatur’s first points of the set.
Redwine also had nine kills with 47 assists.
Redwine had plenty of choices offensively with five different players collecting more than seven kills. Kortney Tompkins led the offense with 14 kills. Kortni Robinson and Haley Dale added seven each. Annelise Carpenter and Lowery put down eight each.
Lowery did most of her damage in game two, leading a Decatur comeback. After Brock took the first game, Decatur was on the verge of falling down two games, trailing 22-18. Lowery then got a block for a kill that started a rally. She put down a kill to bring Decatur within a point before a Carpenter block that tied the game at 22.
Brock knotted the game back at 24 before Redwine went back to Lowery for a kill to put the Decatur back up 25-24. Redwine called Lowery’s number again for the game-sealing point.
Decatur followed up with a rout in game three, ending the set with an 11-1 run. Robinson closed the game with a kill.
Behind Redwine’s blocking, Decatur built a lead in game four, but Brock fought back to tie it at 17 and took a 22-21 lead on back-to-back kills from Amy Edwards.
Edwards, who finished with 20 kills, twice got Brock to game point, before Decatur fought back. A Lowery kill tied it at 25. Redwine then put down a kill to give Decatur a lead. Amanda Delka finished the match off with an ace.