The Boyd Lady Jackets took one step closer to being Wise County’s first team to 20 wins Tuesday night.
Boyd’s attack was too much for a young Alvord squad. The Lady Jackets swept the Lady Bulldogs 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
The Lady Jackets improved to 19-8. Alvord fell to 8-17.
“We played efficient, consistent volleyball for three sets,” said Boyd coach Clark Oberle. “It was a solid finale to our non-district schedule.”
Boyd’s duo of Laci Ellis and Ava Badillo combining for 19 kills. Brylee Wallace, Reegan Hammer and Ellis anchored the team’s defense with 29 digs.
Oberle praised the leaderships of his seniors — Ellis and Sarah Mahue.
“Our seniors both performed well,” he said. “Sarah was great in serve receive, and Laci was very smart mixing up her shots offensively.”
Boyd will start its search the team’s eighth consecutive district title Friday with its 10-3A opening match at S&S at 5:30 p.m.
“There are several quality teams in this district,” Oberle said. “We need to play well every Tuesday and Friday from here on out to get where we want to be in November.”
For Alvord, Cadence Watts led the Lady Bulldogs’ offense with five kills. Kelcy Watkins, Macie Thweatt and Karah Buckner combined for 24 defensive digs.
“We had a decent passing night, but couldn’t execute anything offensively,” Alvord coach Brandy Mayfield said. “A few points into the first set, our middle went down with a hurt ankle, so we had to move people around. We had people playing out of their normal positions, and they didn’t really embrace different roles.”
Alvord welcomes Lindsay for a non-district match 4:30 p.m. Friday.
“I need to see us boldly step on the floor and stop playing safe,” Mayfield said. “We are so afraid of making errors that we create more problems for ourselves. I need to see them trust their training and play our style of volleyball. If they will do that, we will be fine.
“Our schedule has been super tough. I’m hoping when it’s time to begin to peak, we will reap the benefits of struggling through pre-district.”