Lady Bull­dogs fall to vis­it­ing Lady Pi­o­neers

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

DE­CATUR — After com­pet­ing in the South­west High School In­vi­ta­tional Vol­ley­ball Tour­na­ment in Wash­burn, Mo., the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs and the Gen­try Lady Pi­o­neers turned their at­ten­tion to the last conference match be­tween the teams in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Gen­try and De­catur met Sept. 26 at Peter­son Gym in De­catur.

In the first set, both De­catur and Gen­try traded the lead sev­eral times in the early go­ing. A se­ries of sim­ple concentration er­rors and mis­di­rected hits by the Lady Bull­dogs turned the set in fa­vor of the Lady Pi­o­neers, who took the win, 25-15. Both teams ramped up the in­ten­sity level, and a se­ries of sev­eral long vol­leys brought De­catur and Gen­try fans to their feet.

De­catur broke its long set los­ing streak, tak­ing the sec­ond set, 25-18. The Lady Bull­dogs con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the third set, tak­ing a five-point ad­van­tage early. Fol­low­ing a time­out by Gen­try, the Lady Pi­o­neers slowly re­gained the lead, even­tu­ally tak­ing the set, 25-18. It was much the same in the fourth and fi­nal set as Gen­try won, 25-16, to take a 3-1 conference vic­tory.

The Lady Bull­dogs Ju­nior High team won its matches against Gen­try, split­ting two sets 22-25, 25-11 and send­ing the match into a tiebreaker. De­catur even­tu­ally took the set, 15-9, and the match, 2-1. It was the team’s sec­ond win this sea­son against Gen­try.

The Lady Bull­dog ju­nior var­sity team lost its match to Gen­try, 25-9, 25-9.

Gen­try lost to Elkins on Thurs­day, 3-1. Gen­try took the first set, 25-21, but then lost the next three, 25-18, 25-11 and 25-16.

De­catur was to face the Lady Lions of Gravette at Peter­son Gym in De­catur on Tues­day (after press time). The Lady Bull­dogs also cel­e­brated teacher-ap­pre­ci­a­tion night be­tween the ju­nior var­sity and var­sity con­tests. The Lady Bull­dogs will be on the road Thurs­day to face the West Fork Lady Tigers in the new gym at West Fork High School. Both con­tests are set to be­gin at 4:30 p.m.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

De­catur’s Diana Reza knocks the ball back into Lady Pi­o­neer ter­ri­tory after Gen­try’s Chastery Fua­matu (20) tries to spike it dur­ing a vol­ley­ball match in De­catur on Sept. 26.

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