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Volleyball: Argyle rolls past Springtown in opener

Profile image for By Steve Gamel / For the Denton Record-Chronicle
By Steve Gamel / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

ARGYLE — Argyle entered Tuesday’s season opener as the second-ranked team in Class 3A and didn’t disappoint with a sweep of No. 8 Springtown.

The 25-13, 25-18, 25-13 win was a solid first step for the Lady Eagles, who return a talented roster from last year’s run to the 3A semifinals but are adjusting to a new offense with two new setters. Regardless, they proved to be the aggressors in their initial outing.

Sophomore Eighmy Dobbins led Argyle with 13 kills, one ace and four digs. Senior Brooke Robertson, who had a team-leading 425 kills a year ago, added 11 kills, two aces and five digs. Texas Tech pledge Katy Keenan had six kills and a block.

As for the new setters, the sophomore tandem of Strealy Sizelove and Coppell transfer Alexa Bass posted 30 and 34 assists, respectively.

“It’s always nice to win the first one, especially since Springtown beat us in the opener last year,” Argyle coach Clark Oberle said. “You could see at times where we weren’t as smooth as we should be, but for the first game out, I’m pretty pleased.”

Argyle (1-0) is behind only defending state champion Abilene Wylie in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 3A state poll. The Lady Eagles, who return five seniors, won 35 matches last year and made program history with their run to the state tournament.

Springtown (0-1) is ahead of LaGrange and Liberty Hill in the state’s top 10, but it struggled to defend Argyle’s powerful front row.

That was evident in the first set. With the teams trading blows and Springtown clinging to a two-point lead, Argyle went on an 18-4 run to slam the door shut in the set. Dobbins was a big part of the surge with seven kills and an ace. She was responsible for six of her team’s first 10 points of the spree. Robertson scored four of Argyle’s final six points in that set.

Argyle went into a lull to open the second set but ripped off a 9-2 run to extend what had been a 13-12 lead.

In the final set, the Lady Eagles extended a four-point lead by closing the night with a 12-4 run.

“We took advantage of things we can control,” Oberle said. “Our serving was pretty good tonight; we tried to serve aggressively and I think we only missed two serves. I think that helped when our offense wasn’t clicking because we kept Springtown out of [its] system. One aspect of our game helped the other.”