Playing larger 5A and 6A schools, the 4A Decatur Lady Eagles went 6-2 over the weekend at the Northwest ISD Tournament.
The strong showing was not enough to keep the defending state champion atop the 4A rankings. Decatur (13-6) fell to second in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll released Monday. Bushland ascended to the top of the rankings.
Decatur brought home second in the silver bracket of the event after a loss to Rockwall Heath Saturday, 25-19, 25-12.
The Lady Eagles beat Frisco Wakeland, 25-18, 25-23, and Midway 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, to reach the bracket final.
A tight 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 loss Friday to Prosper sent Decatur to the silver bracket.
Decatur started the tournament with four straight wins. The Lady Eagles beat Hereford, 25-18, 20-25, 25-13. The Lady Eagles swept Birdville 25-18, 25-16, and Lamar 25-20, 25-20.
Caroline Lowery put down 81 kills over the course of the tournament. Makayla Mayfield recorded 67 kills, and Cooper Martin 50.
Setter Stormi Leonard doled out 194 assists.
Maclaine Lowery and Mayfield served up six aces each. Courtnie Roberts and Caroline Lowery recorded five aces.
Defensively, Mayfield made 82 digs. Caroline Lowery had 74, and Leonard 62.