Lady Lions over­whelm De­catur in fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son match

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

DE­CATUR — In their fi­nal meet­ing of the 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son, the Lady Lions trav­eled to De­catur to take on the Lady Bull­dogs in a con­fer­ence vol­ley­ball match at Peterson Gym Oct. 4. De­catur put up a good fight but, in the end, Gravette took the vic­tory in three straight sets and the con­fer­ence win.

The Lady Lions came into the con­test 9-1 in the 1A/4A con­fer­ence race, just be­hind first-place Shiloh Chris­tian. The Lady Bull­dogs have yet to win a con­fer­ence con­test.

Gravette quickly es­tab­lished its dom­i­nance in the first set, putting down the Lady Bull­dogs, 25-7.

The Lady Bull­dogs re­bounded in the sec­ond set, keep­ing pace with the Gravette team in the early go­ing. How­ever, a se­ries of sim­ple er­rors gave Gravette the ad­van­tage and it also took the sec­ond set, 25-15.

De­catur once again grabbed the lead in the open­ing por­tion of the third set. But that lead was short-lived as the Lady Lions re­gained their com­po­sure and con­trol of the match. But the Lady Bull­dogs were not go­ing down with­out a fight, and they forced Gravette to work for ev­ery point.

As in past matches, De­catur en­gaged in sev­eral long and ex­cit­ing ral­lies, bring­ing both De­catur and Gravette fans to their feet. The Lady Bull­dogs be­gan a run that brought them within strik­ing dis­tance of the Lady Lions. A quick time­out by Gravette coach Brandi Varner turned the tide in the Lady Lions’ fa­vor.

The Gravette Lady Lions even­tu­ally won the third and fi­nal set, 25-13, and the con­fer­ence vic­tory, 3-0.

The Lady Lions in­creased their win­ning streak to 10-1, while the Lady Bull­dogs dropped to 0-12.

Gravette 3, Elkins 1

The Lady Lions hosted the Lady Elks of Elkins on Thurs­day and took the match in four sets, with scores be­ing 25-10, 26-24, 23-25, and 25-12. No stats were avail­able for Gravette at press time.

The Lady Lions (11-1) fin­ish their reg­u­lar sea­son by trav­el­ing to play Shiloh Chris­tian (13-0) on Tues­day (af­ter press time) and host­ing Gen­try on Thurs­day.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Af­ter a spike by De­catur’s Math­line Jesse (5), Gravette’s Ha­ley Daw­son (18) and Sally Bird (17) make a suc­cess­ful block dur­ing the vol­ley­ball match on Oct. 3.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

De­catur’s Destiny Meija (16) re­turns the ball to Gravette ter­ri­tory dur­ing the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son match be­tween the Lady Bull­dogs and Lady Lions at Peterson Gym in De­catur on Oct. 3.

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