PITTSBURG, Texas – Once a wrecking ball swings, it's hard to stop them.
New Boston got the deciding moment in each set, overtaking Big Sandy Harmony, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22, in a Class 3A volleyball playoff match at the Jack Arnwine Gym on Saturday.
"The speed of the game was much higher than this year," said Lady Lions head coach Haylee Houston. "We were very well prepared, Harmony has a great team and is hard to beat, they are disciplined and competent, we play as outsiders in most playoff situations, we're only here to play."
"We expected them to block us, we have some strong players, we practice with hard blocks that come from our side and have to be there to dig them out, which is what we really worked for in this game."
The first set consisted of 13 games with 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 players. The Lady Eagles put a serve on the net to give New Boston a 23-22 lead.
Brittney Myers took over the service line and caused a service reception error of 24-22. Lauren Hurst gave a tip that allowed a winner to close the first set for the Lions.
New Boston extended a 10: 3 lead over Myers serve in the second set. After Hurst had killed the right baseline, Myers served in four rows. During the rally, Myers caused a serve reception error, shot with an ace, and Big Sandy Harmony had two hit failures.
The Lady Eagles have never led or tied New Boston in the second set. After three Lion mistakes and killed, Big Sandy Harmony shortened the gap to three at 19-16.
A booming kill by Carleigh Reeves gave New Boston a 23:19 lead. Five points later, Hurst blasted a kill for Lions hired mastermind.
Set three had only four ties at 3, 4, 6 and 7-all. After the set was knotted at 7, New Boston led the rest of the set as it built a six-point lead at 17-11. The Eagles tried to return to the set, but could not recover.
Hurst sent a fireball into the middle of the field to finish the match for the Lions.
Carlee Ratcliff had 21 digs and eight service points, Haley McAlexander had 29 assists and seven service points and Reeves had nine kills and two blocks for New Boston. Hurst finished with 10 kills, Myers had seven digs and seven service points, Maggie Taylor made 12 digs and Tamiya Smith dropped six kills with a pair of blocks.