BOWIE — After falling to Wichita Falls Rider in a close sweep, Denton rallied to defeat Azle and claim the fourth and final playoff spot in District 5-4A on Friday.
The Lady Broncos (18-17) fell to Rider 24-26, 16-25, 25-27 before beating Azle 25-15, 25-17, 25-18. Between Denton’s matches, Rider defeated Azle to clinch 5-4A’s third seed.
Dropping a very close match to Rider was a tough pill to swallow for Denton and head coach Danielle Silva.
“Losing the first set, we had game-point and didn’t finish,” she said. “That was disheartening, mentally. It was a hard loss because we really wanted to win that one.”
Silva let her players recover during the Rider-Azle match, but reminded them that they still had work to do.
“I told the girls after the [Rider] game, ‘You’re allowed to think about that game for 30 minutes, and that’s it,’” Silva said. “We had another chance to get it done. We came out and we were having fun and we were focused, and that was the difference.”
In the win, Jade Akins posted 12 kills and 12 digs, while Emily Curtis had 32 digs and Hannah Altman added 18 assists.
The Lady Broncos will open playoff action against Fort Worth Boswell in Argyle on Tuesday. The start time has yet to be determined.
Trophy Club Nelson d. Guyer
JUSTIN — Guyer dropped its match against Trophy Club Byron Nelson for playoff seeding in District 5-4A, 25-21, 11-25, 21-25, 20-25.
The Lady Wildcats will be the district’s No. 2 seed and will play Saginaw Chisholm Trail at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carrollton Ranchview.
Calvary d. Temple Holy Trinity
Denton Calvary swept its TAPPS 2A playoff match against Temple Holy Trinity 25-13, 25-6, 25-19.
The Lady Lions now advance to the state quarterfinals, where they will play the winner of today’s Dallas Lakehill-Austin Hill Country match on Tuesday, with the location and time to be determined.
Madeline Mayer had an overall good match, finishing with 12 kills, seven assists and four digs. Calvary head coach Jennifer Bramlett lauded her star player’s multi-faceted ability and leadership.
“Madeline Mayer is stepping up for us this year,” Bramlett said. “She’s a middle blocker, but she also sets. It’s a difficult job to do both. She has so few errors, and her leadership is amazing.”
Anna Hollingshead added five kills with six digs, and Audrey Armstrong recorded five kills with one dig. But Bramlett preferred to talk about her whole team’s focus and experience.
“Our team is showing a lot of maturity and doing a great job of staying focused right now,” she said, before confidently stating, “We have a warm-up match against Lindsay [today], and Tuesday we’ll just see who gets to advance.”
Argyle d. Burleson
BURLESON — The Lady Eagles claimed a five-set playoff warm-up match over Burleson, winning 25-14, 25-20, 20-25, 22-25, 15-11.
Katy Keenan had 15 kills and four blocks to lead Argyle (30-9). Brooke Robertson added 13 kills and 18 digs, while Alexa Bass had 26 assists and Strealy Sizelove had 18.
The Lady Eagles will face Gainesville at Texas Women’s University on at 7 p.m. Monday in bi-district action.