Volleyball: Lady Eagles rally to win area title

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Reece Waddell

The match didn't start how the Decatur Lady Eagles had planned.

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Decatur edges Melissa, advances to 4A quarterfinals against Argyle

Published Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Reece Waddell

The match didn’t start how the Decatur Lady Eagles had planned. After dropping the first set 21-25, Decatur and Melissa continued to trade points into the second game, with neither side giving an inch. With a trip to the 4A-Region II quarterfinal and their season on the line, the Lady Eagles needed a spark. Enter Autumn Finney. The senior captain delivered when Decatur needed her the most, igniting a run that helped the Lady Eagles take the second set and then the next two, defeating the Lady Cardinals 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21) to survive and advance.

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Volleyball: Decatur dispatches North Hills for bi-district title – Lady Eagles to face Melissa in area round

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Reece Waddell

The match started with a Decatur point. And then another. And another.

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Decatur dispatches North Hills to advance to area round of UIL playoffs

Published Monday, October 30, 2017
By Reece Waddell

The match started with a Decatur point. And then another. And another. By the time North Hills Prep had a chance to catch their breath, the Lady Eagles had jumped out to a 14-3 lead with no intention of letting up. On cruise control for most of the match, Decatur rolled to a 3-0 victory (25-7, 25-9, 25-10) in the 4A Region II bi-district match at the Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton.

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Volleyball: Quick fit – Howard helps Lady Eagles into playoffs

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Reece Waddell

This time last year, Decatur High School was not even a blimp on Cidnee Howard's radar.

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Volleyball: Decatur takes down Argyle in 9-4A finale

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Reece Waddell

After falling to Argyle in three sets on Oct. 6, Decatur came into Tuesday's regular season finale with a chip on its shoulder.

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Top of the Court for Saturday, October 28, 2017

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Lady Eagles' middle blocker served as a wall during Decatur's win over rival Argyle in the 9-4A finale Tuesday.

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Howard’s work ethic, defense key as Decatur looks to make playoff push

Published Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Reece Waddell

This time last year, Decatur High School was not even a blimp on Cidnee Howard’s radar. After completing her sophomore season at Westlake High School, 230 miles away in Austin, Howard and her family moved to Decatur this past June. Along with her father Chuck, who is an assistant football coach at Decatur, the two began a new chapter in their lives. Since then, Cidnee has become an integral part of the Lady Eagle’s volleyball team. In Decatur’s regular season finale against Argyle on Tuesday, Cidnee finished with a team-high 41 digs to help the Lady Eagles enter the playoffs on a high note. She and the Lady Eagles are now preparing to open the playoffs at 7 p.m. Monday with a 4A Region II bi-district match with North Hills at Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton.

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Finney frenzy: Decatur senior’s epic play goes viral

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Richard Greene

Seeing the ball sailing out of bounds Friday in the third set against rival Krum, Decatur senior Autumn Finney took flight to save it.

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Decatur knocks off Argyle in regular season finale

Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017
By Reece Waddell

After falling to Argyle in three sets on Oct. 6, Decatur came into Tuesday’s regular season finale with a chip on its shoulder. But there was more than just revenge on the line – the No. 2 seed in 4A-II was also up for grabs.

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Herculean effort turns Decatur’s Finney into viral sensation

Published Sunday, October 22, 2017
By Richard Greene

Seeing the ball sailing out of bounds Friday in the third set against rival Krum, Decatur senior Autumn Finney took flight to save the ball. Jumping several feet and diving over a teammate Tayte Helton, Finney somehow not only got to the ball, but sent it back over her head and over the net to keep the point alive. Decatur eventual won the point and the set. Video of Finney’s Herculean effort by Saturday morning turned her into a viral sensation. It has been viewed several thousands of times. She even landed on the ESPN Sports Center’s Top Plays.

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Volleyball: Four Wise teams pick up wins

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved closer to locking up their third straight district title Tuesday, beating 8-3A co-leader Henrietta in straight sets in dominant fashion.

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Volleyball Roundup: Boyd sweeps Henrietta

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017
By Messenger staff

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved closer to locking up their third straight district title Tuesday, beating 8-3A co-leader Henrietta in straight sets in dominant fashion. Boyd hit .319, winning 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 to move to 11-1 in district.

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Volleyball: Decatur rebounds to beat Sissies – Lady Eagles end two-match skid in loop

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Richard Greene

When Bridgeport's Kristen Grooms' shot hit the floor to even the match Tuesday against Decatur, a loud roar echoed through Bridgeport High School gym.

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Messenger Tops On The Court for Saturday, October 14, 2017

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Lady Eagles' hitter paced her team to a victory over Bridgeport Tuesday, burying a team-best 14 kills.

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Volleyball: Paradise upsets Holliday

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Messenger Staff

The Paradise Lady Panthers pulled off a stunning upset of Holliday Friday.

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Decatur takes down Sissies in four sets

Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Richard Greene

When Bridgeport’s Kristen Grooms’ shot hit the floor to even the match Tuesday against Decatur, a loud roar echoed through Bridgeport High School gym. Decatur quickly regrouped behind freshman Trinity Vinzant and quieted the Sissies in the third game. Decatur went on to take the victory in four sets (25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-9).

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Volleyball: Decatur suffers first district loss to Krum

Published Saturday, October 7, 2017
By Racey Burden

In a match-up of District 9-4A's only unbeaten teams, Krum came out on top.

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Volleyball: Lady Eagles remain undefeated in district

Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

The 11th-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles moved to 3-0 in District 9-4A and won their seventh straight match, sweeping Gainesville Friday.

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Decatur falls to Krum in first district loss

Published Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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In a match-up of District 9-4A's only unbeaten teams, Krum came out on top in five sets.

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