Lady Bull­dogs win big in last home match

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DE­CATUR — The in­ten­sity lev­els at Peter­son Gym in De­catur were at a sea­son-high as the De­catur Lady Bull­dog var­sity volleyball team took the court Oct. 2 for the fi­nal home match of 2018. The end re­sult was an over­whelm­ing vic­tory in straight sets over the Mul­berry Lady Yel­low­jack­ets.

Be­fore the start of the var­sity match, Lady Bull­dog fans bid farewell to se­niors Desi Meek and Mck­inzee Swaim as they pre­pared to play their fi­nal match in front of fam­ily and friends. Meek and Swaim were rec­og­nized dur­ing the se­nior night fes­tiv­i­ties which in­cluded a walk down cen­ter court with mom and dad on each arm. Coach Ta­jhe Turner and as­sis­tant coach Laramie Burge pre­sented the two with a framed col­lage of pho­tos and other volleyball mem­o­ra­bilia and a signed volleyball. Af­ter­ward, the team posed for one fi­nal pic­ture at Peter­son Gym be­fore the Lady Bull­dogs got down to busi­ness.

De­catur took con­trol of the first set, leav­ing Mul­berry in its wake. With the in­ten­sity level on a steady climb for the Lady Bull­dogs, they quickly dis­patched the Lady Yel­low­jack­ets in set one, 25-7.

In the sec­ond set, the Lady Yel­low­jack­ets caught the Lady Bull­dogs com­pletely off guard as Mul­berry built a 14-2 lead over a stunned De­catur team. A quick time­out to re­group by Turner turned the mo­men­tum in the Lady Bull­dogs’ fa­vor. Work­ing like a finely-tuned ma­chine, De­catur made up ground and over­took the lead for good, tak­ing the sec­ond set, 25-18.

The Lady Bull­dogs kicked up the in­ten­sity level a notch as they pumped serve af­ter serve into just the right spot, build­ing an enor­mous lead over Mul­berry in the fi­nal min­utes of the match. At match point, the stage was set for a cel­e­bra­tion the likes of which Peter­son had never seen in volleyball. When Mul­berry missed the fi­nal ball, Peter­son Gym ex­ploded in sounds of ju­bi­la­tion as the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs de­feated the Mul­berry Lady Yel­low­jack­ets, 25-12, tak­ing the con­fer­ence vic­tory, three sets to zero.

The De­catur Lady Bull­dogs ju­nior high and ju­nior var­sity also won their matches against the Mul­berry Lady Yel­low­jack­ets ear­lier in the af­ter­noon.

De­catur trav­eled to Lavaca Oct. 4 to take on the Lady Golden Ar­rows in the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son show­down of 2018. Lavaca, as it had all sea­son, had no trou­ble over­pow­er­ing the Lady Bull­dogs, tak­ing the match in three sets, 25-8, 25-13, 25-9.

The Lady Bull­dog volleyball team fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 6-5 con­fer­ence and a 6-10 over­all record for 2018.

De­catur ends the sea­son with a fourth-place fin­ish in the 2A North­west con­fer­ence, mov­ing into post­sea­son tournament ac­tion. At present, the Lady Bull­dogs will meet the Lady Yel­low­jack­ets in the district tournament in Lavaca. A win would se­cure a berth in the state play­offs in Jones­boro later this month.

For more in­for­ma­tion on tournament brack­ets and times, go to de­catursd. com/ath­let­ics.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Desi Meek (cen­ter) calls for the ball while Lilly Lee (20) waits in re­serve dur­ing the fi­nal home volleyball con­test of 2018 be­tween the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs and Mul­berry Lady Yel­low­jack­ets at Peter­son Gym in De­catur Oct. 2. The Lady Bull­dogs swept the con­test, 3-0, over the Lady Yel­low­jack­ets.

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