Lady Bull­dogs fall to Lady Elks, Lady Saints on road

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - By Mike Eck­els meck­

SPRING­DALE — It was an ac­tion-packed evening as the De­catur Lady Bull­dog vol­ley­ball team trav­eled to Spring­dale Sept. 21 to face the 1A/4A con­fer­ence leader, Shiloh Chris­tian’s Lady Saints, in the gym at Shiloh Chris­tian.

The Lady Saints came into the De­catur con­test un­de­feated in the con­fer­ence, ahead of the Gravette Lady Lions.

The Lady Bull­dogs stunned the Lady Saints in the first set, quickly amass­ing four unan­swered points be­fore Shiloh fi­nally scored. De­catur’s lead was short­lived as the Shiloh team re­gained its com­po­sure and quickly built a large lead. The Lady Bull­dogs did have a short run but it was too lit­tle. The Lady Saints took the first set, 25-9.

Dur­ing the sec­ond set, the Lady Saints were able to use gaps on the De­catur side of the net and drop the ball in be­tween Lady Bull­dog play­ers. They quickly built a com­mand­ing lead early in the set.

Trail­ing by 10 points, the Lady Bull­dogs turned up the in­ten­sity and sud­denly came to life, draw­ing De­catur fans into the con­test. On out­stand­ing ball han­dling by Desi Meek, Talor Thomp­son, Math­line Jesse, Des­tiny Meija, Sofia Kille­brew, Mailee Xiong, Kaylee Mo­rales, Diana Reza and Natalia Ro­dr­guez, the Lady Bull­dogs prompted sev­eral long ral­lies and man­aged to pull within five be­fore the Lady Saints caught their sec­ond wind and pulled ahead, even­tu­ally tak­ing the set, 25-10.

In the third set, the Lady Saints again proved too much for the Lady Bull­dogs and took the fi­nal set, 25-8, and the match, 3-0.

Ear­lier in the week, the Lady Bull­dogs trav­eled to Elkins to take on the Lady Elks of Elkins High School in an­other con­fer­ence match Sept. 19. They lost in three sets, 25-9, 25-12 and 25-13.

Both ju­nior high A and B teams also lost their matches to Elkins and Shiloh Chris­tian in two straight sets each.

The De­catur Lady Bull­dogs started the sec­ond half of the sea­son with a home game against the Lady Pi­o­neers of Gen­try Sept. 26 and go on the road to play the Lady Wolves of Lin­coln Sept. 28.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

De­catur’s Math­line Jesse moves to­ward the ball for a dig dur­ing the sec­ond set of De­catur’s game at Shiloh Chris­tian in Spring­dale on Sept. 21.

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