Sometimes the match of the early season "blindsides you on some ordinary Tuesday." Such was the case tonight as Lady Dragon Volleyball rolled into McKinney off their strongest tournament performance of the year to take on a blazing hot McKinney Boyd team. Boyd won the PSA Lone Star Circle of Champions last weekend where LDVB finished in third.
Tonight the tone was set early as the two squads battled back and forth in the opening set. LDVB cut a Boyd lead to 22-21 and then 24-23 before having a, cough cough, controversial lift call decide the opener 23-25. Earlier in the year the team might have been discouraged by this outcome but this team is now learning how to fight.
They built a 10-0 lead in set #2 on the strong serving of USC Beach Volleyball commit Harper Hallgren who had 3 aces on the night, all in about a seven point run in set two. Boyd would not go down that easy on its home court, however, as they fought and hung around in the set to force the Lady Dragons to claw for a 25-22 win in a set they had once led 13-2.
If you thought that set was good the action was just getting started. The 3rd set was like the classic Top Gun volleyball scene, up and down and back and forth. Each team had chances at the lead, in fact Boyd threatened to pull away early as they led 6-1. But que the theme music, back would come the Lady Dragons, catching the Lady Broncos at 12 apiece. From there control of the set would teeter until SLC broke a 25-25 tie to win in overtime, 27-25.
Staying with the music theme, the third set broke Boyd's will - oh what a thrill!! The Lady Dragons pulled away for a 25-15 win, the easiest of the night.
SLC now 23-5 got strong performances from several team members as Annabelle Smith had 18 kills and 7 blocks. Natalie Glenn chipped in her always strong performance with a double double 19 kills and 11 digs and chipped in 5 blocks. You don't win a match like this one without strong defense. McKenzie Nichols had 45 assists and 19 digs and KG, otherwise known as Kendall Gilpin contributed 19 digs.
Head Coach Teresa Dunn was very pleased, saying "this was a well earned victory. This was the type of road win we needed for the tough district road games to come."
The Lady Dragon's never ending road trip, we are paying for all those early home games, continues Friday, Aug. 31st at Aledo with first serve at 5pm.