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Volleyball: Argyle advances in sweep of Community; familiar Decatur awaits

FRISCO -- Argyle may have struggled at the beginning of the season, but the Lady Eagles are now in their element, making yet another impressive playoff run.

Argyle swept Nevada Community 26-24, 25-15, 25-21 at Frisco Lebanon Trail on Thursday night.   

The Lady Eagles advance to the Class 4A regional quarterfinals.

"This team has true grit -- which has been our motto all season," first-year Argyle coach Megan DeGroot said. "We made adjustments tonight in the middle of the game, and I'm proud of them not getting down when things weren't going as planned."

DeGroot wasn't comfortable until it was all said and done.

The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the opening set but fell behind 11-4 before regaining the lead late in the set at 19-18. Argyle outscored the Lady Braves 8-6 to win the tightly contested set.

Argyle settled in to its game plan in the second set, gaining a 14-9 lead it carried to a seemingly easy 10-point victory.

Danielle Davis led Argyle in kills (13) and digs (16), while senior Sophie Betzhold added 10 kills and four blocks. The Lady Eagles tallied eight aces in the victory.

"We didn't divert from our plan in the second set," DeGroot said. "We just executed it a lot better. I always tell them to play smarter, not harder. We play a lot of hard-hitting teams, and Community, although smaller, hit their spots early on. We started playing smarter and it paid off.

"We got a little lazy in the third set but stayed in it and kept the lead to get the win. I'm proud of this team, but it's only going to get more tough."

Tough is an understatement for Argyle's next opponent.

The Lady Eagles meet an all-too-familiar foe in District 9-4A bunkmate Decatur — led by former Argyle coach Clark Oberle. In 18 seasons, Oberle led the Lady Eagles to three straight trips to the state final, winning the title in 2015.

Argyle and Decatur will play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trophy Club Nelson.

Argyle fell to Decatur in four sets in the regular-season finale. It was the team's only loss in its last nine matches.

"They're a good team," DeGroot said of Decatur. "It's going to come down to emotion. Given the fact that Oberle is the coach, it's playoffs and how we finished the last game, it'll be an emotional match."

JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.