Lady Wolves trip Lady Bull­dogs in con­fer­ence play

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - By Mike Eck­els meck­els@nwadg.com

DE­CATUR — The De­catur Lady Bull­dog vol­ley­ball team had its hands full as it hosted the Lin­coln Lady Wolves at Peter­son Gym in De­catur Sept. 5. It was a back-and-forth con­test but, even­tu­ally, the Lady Wolves won the match, 3-0, over the Lady Bull­dogs.

The Lady Bull­dog se­nior team took the court wear­ing gold head­bands to re­mem­ber Rem­ing­ton An­der­son who re­cently passed away from a long fight with cancer. His old­est sis­ter, Sa­vanna Dod­son, is a mem­ber of the se­nior team.

In the open­ing set of the se­nior match, the Lady Bull­dogs were able to hit seven straight points on plays by Desi Meek, Talor Thomp­son, Math­line Jesse and Destiny Meija. The De­catur front line worked well through­out the early stages of the first set. But the Lady Wolves fought back and even­tu­ally over­took the Lady Bull­dogs to win the first set, 25-19.

The sec­ond set started much the same as the first, with De­catur tak­ing an early lead. But a se­ries of con­cen­tra­tion er­rors cost the Lady Bull­dogs that lead. A long se­ries of ral­lies by both teams re­sulted in the lead switch­ing back and forth. The set was tied at 23 all when the Lady Wolves dropped two, one just in­side the back court and the other be­tween two De­catur play­ers, to win the set, 25-23.

The third and what would be the fi­nal set went back and forth be­tween De­catur and Lin­coln un­til a se­ries of sim­ple er­rors by the Lady Bull­dogs al­lowed the Lady Wolves to pull ahead and take the set with five straight points, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.

In other vol­ley­ball matches, the ju­nior high team won in two sets, 2517 and 25-23, to win its sec­ond straight match. The ju­nior var­sity lost to Lin­coln in three sets.

For more in­for­ma­tion on upcoming De­catur Lady Vol­ley­ball matches, go to de­catursd.com/ ath­let­ics.

Septem­ber is Child­hood Cancer Aware­ness Month. The gold head­bands are worn across the coun­try to raise aware­ness of this killer dis­ease. The De­catur vol­ley­ball team asked De­catur area res­i­dents to do­nate to St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal to help find a cure for this dis­ease.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

The Lady Bull­dogs’ Kaylee Mo­rales (cen­ter) smashes the ball back into Lady Wolves’ ter­ri­tory dur­ing the De­catur-Lin­coln con­fer­ence vol­ley­ball match at Peter­son Gym in De­catur on Sept. 5.

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