Guyer and Denton resumed their rivalry on the volleyball court nearly a month ago, meeting for the first time in three years with Denton coming from behind to win a hard-fought battle in five sets.
When the two teams went at it again Friday night in a key District 5-4A match, the contest was just as tense and dramatic. This time, though, it was the Guyer Lady Wildcats who turned back the hard-charging Lady Broncos to win in five sets, winning 25-8, 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13.
“I need to sit down,” Guyer’s second-year head coach Addie Mack said. “I’m not sure how much of that I can take. We knew this was going to be a tough match.”
It also was a key victory for the Wildcats (21-12, 7-2 district). They solidified their second-place standing in the district behind Trophy Club Nelson, which entered Friday unbeaten at 8-0. The win was the fourth straight for the Guyer, which will face Nelson this Friday.
“We have been struggling with believing in ourselves,” Mack said. “Winning like this is such a morale booster. The girls need to learn how to stay calm and still execute the game plan. We need to show we can and know we can.”
While the win helped Guyer keep pace with Nelson, the loss puts Denton (18-16, 4-5) in a precarious position in the district. The Lady Broncos entered the match in a three-way tie for third place with Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Rider.
“I’m a little panicked,” Denton’s second-year coach Danielle Silva said. “We’ll be alright if we keep playing with heart and not backing down. We’ve got some work to do.”
The Lady Broncos battled back after losing the first two sets to force the fifth set and led 10-6 after an ace by Alex Dane. A kill by Guyer’s Sydney Reyes started an 8-0 run for the Lady Wildcats, who took advantage of six Denton errors, to open a 14-10 lead.
Denton’s Kendall Wagner ended the run with a kill and a Guyer error brought the Lady Broncos to within 14-12. A Guyer hit into the net closed the gap to 14-13, but the Lady Wildcats ended the match on a kill by Mikayla Yates.
“[Lady Broncos] made things difficult for us with their middle attack,” Mack said. “We didn’t adjust very well early on. Once we did, we were able to play our game. I just told our girls to get the ball over to their side and make them make the plays.”
Yates finished with 24 kill and six digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Jasmine Montemayor added 10 kills and four digs. Taylor Cindric had four aces and Madison Walford added 41 assists.
Wagner led Denton with 14 kill and 17 digs, Jade Akins had 11 kills and 23 digs, and Morgan Reese had 25 assists.