FRISCO — Carrollton Ranchview hadn't lost a match since Sept. 1 and was riding a 15-match winning streak heading into Tuesday night's bi-district playoff against Sanger at Frisco Centennial.
Sanger didn't care how well the Lady Wolves were playing, snapping their streak in a 25-15, 26-24, 25-16 sweep.
The Lady Indians are set to play Celina in the area round Friday either at 5 p.m. in Aubrey or 7:30 p.m. at Frisco Lone Star.
"We've played Ranchview several times in the playoffs and they hadn't given us a challenge like they did tonight," Sanger coach Tammy Niemczyk said. "The sweep was not easy for us. They made us work to pull this one out."
Sanger was led in kills by Gabbi Roelofs with 12, followed by Sydney Price's six. Kenzie Turkoly added 21 assists and recorded a few heads-up tips over the Lady Wolves' defense.
Sanger controlled the first set, taking a commanding 10-3 lead before Ranchview called its first timeout. The Lady Indians extended their lead to 10, ahead 16-6. Sanger closed out the opening set with an 8-5 run.
Then came what Niemczyk called "second-set blues."
The Lady Indians fell behind 16-8 but didn't let up, chipping away at the Ranchview lead little by little until they recorded an 8-0 run to knot the score at 17. Four ties later, Sanger gained its first lead of the competitive set, pulling ahead 25-24.
"As of late, we've had some second-set blues, and for us to come back from that big of a deficit and get our heads right to work through that was a huge breakthrough for our team," Niemczyk said. "That was some playoff volleyball."
The third set went back and forth until Sanger pulled away midway through, leading 16-11 before extended that lead to 23-15.
"It was nice to see my girls be coachable tonight during that second set to start forcing Ranchview to make errors," Niemczyk said. "My team likes to hit the ball, so for us to back off a bit and get a few tips and play safe shows great versatility. It's nice knowing at this point in the season we can win sets in different ways, and I hope it continues."
JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.