Lady Bull­dogs win big at home

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECK­ELS meck­els@nwadg.com

DE­CATUR — For the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs, the Sept. 25 var­sity vol­ley­ball match against the North­west Arkansas Clas­sic Academy Lady Spar­tans could be the fi­nal con­test played at Peter­son Gym in De­catur this sea­son. So the girls wanted to leave the old gym in style, with a big win against the Lady Spar­tans in three straight sets.

With the De­catur Mid­dle School gym near­ing com­ple­tion, school ad­min­is­tra­tors wanted to play at least one vol­ley­ball match in the new fa­cil­ity be­fore the end of the sea­son. That game with Mul­berry marks the fi­nal home con­test for the Lady Bull­dogs be­fore trav­el­ing to Lavaca Oct. 4 for the last reg­u­lar sea­son match of 2018.

Se­nior Desi Meek, team cap­tain, led the Lady Bull­dogs in es­tab­lish­ing a 13-point lead early in the first set, 17-4. With a wide mar­gin on the score­board, Ta­jhe Turner, De­catur vol­ley­ball coach, de­cided to re­place her six starters with mem­bers of the ju­nior var­sity team which won its ear­lier match against Clas­si­cal Academy.

The girls were a lit­tle shaky at first, which al­lowed the Lady Spar­tans to cut the lead down to seven. Once the younger play­ers calmed down and be­gan to con­cen­trate on the task at hand, the Lady Bull­dogs be­gan pulling away from the Lady Spar­tans and even­tu­ally claimed the vic­tory, 25-16.

The se­cond set was a mir­ror im­age of the first as the Lady Bull­dogs jumped out in front by 10 early in the con­test. And like be­fore, the ju­nior var­sity came in and won that set, 25-13.

The var­sity played out the third and fi­nal set, out­per­form­ing the Lady Spar­tans for yet an­other 25-13 win and the match in three sets.

The De­catur Lady Bull­dogs trav­eled south Sept. 27, fac­ing the Hack­ett Lady Hor­nets in a con­fer­ence show­down at Hack­ett High School. Ear­lier in the sea­son, the Lady Hor­nets put down the Lady Bull­dogs, three sets to one, for the win.

The Lady Hor­nets took com­mand of the con­test from the on­set and never looked back, tak­ing three straight sets from a stunned Lady Bull­dog team, 25-2, 25-9 and 25-10.

The Lady Bull­dogs will play their fi­nal vol­ley­ball match of the 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son Oct. 4 when they travel to Lavaca to face the Lady Golden Ar­rows in the gym at Lavaca High School. The match is sched­uled for a 4:30 p.m. start time with the ju­nior high team. The Lady Bull­dogs Var­sity team will take the court at the con­clu­sion of the ju­nior var­sity match.

Note: It was re­ported that the Lady Bull­dogs lost the road game against Mul­berry Sept. 18. The De­catur Lady Bull­dogs won that con­fer­ence game in three straight sets.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECK­ELS

Aaliyah Orozco (De­catur 3) pre­pares to spike the ball back into Lady Spar­tan ter­ri­tory dur­ing the early stage of the De­catur-NWA Clas­si­cal Academy var­sity march at Peter­son Gym in De­catur Sept. 25. With a 13-point lead in set one, Orozco and her fel­low ju­nior var­sity team­mates came in and fin­ished the set with a win.

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