GRAND PRAIRIE — The Argyle Lady Eagles aced their Class 3A area championship match with Ferris on Thursday night. Almost literally.
The Lady Eagles had 20 aces in the match as they cruised to a 25-12, 25-8, 25-10 victory over the Lady Yellowjackets in a match that took less than an hour to complete.
Argyle will face Melissa in the regional quarterfinals in Little Elm on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Along with scoring nearly one-third of their points on service aces, the Lady Eagles (32-10) held serve for long stretches in sets 2 and 3 as the Lady Yellowjackets (17-11) had difficulty forcing side-outs much of the night.
Seven Lady Eagles had aces.
“The way they [Lady Yellowjackets] were set up tonight, they were leaving the outsides of the court open for us, and we were able to serve it to those spots,” Argyle coach Clark Oberle said. “That’s been a struggle for us the last month, but tonight it paid off.”
Sierra James, a senior middle blocker, led the Argyle charge at the service line with six aces. In the second set, James held serve for six straight points and notched four straight aces. In the third set she held serve even longer, serving up eight straight points and two aces. Both streaks came early in those sets and helped the Lady Eagles build up leads that were never in danger.
“She always serves well for us, but she was really on tonight,” Oberle said of James. “I would give her a spot to hit, and nine times out of 10 she would hit it. Whatever she had for lunch today, she needs to keep eating it.”
Lindsey Eckert had four aces for Argyle, while Eighmy Dobbins and Bry Clark had three aces apiece.
Argyle built up an 11-4 lead in the first set, a 12-2 lead in the second and a 13-4 lead in the third, playing a highly efficient match. As good as the Lady Eagles were on serve, they had nearly as many service errors (six) as attack or passing errors (seven).
Oberle kept the Lady Eagles busy during their break between their last district match and Thursday’s area contest, as they played a nondistrict match after district play ended and a warm-up match Monday. It led to a sharp outing.
“It’s exactly what we were shooting for,” Oberle said. “We wanted to serve it clean and we wanted to play it clean, and that’s what we did.”
Argyle setter Blair O’Brien made few mistakes distributing the ball, finishing with 18 assists and two aces. Middle blocker Katy Keenan led the Lady Eagles at the net, finishing with eight kills and five scoring blocks. Junior outside hitter Brooke Robertson added six kills.
Ferris committed 20 errors on the attack Thursday night. The Lady Yellowjackets’ best hitter, Priscilla Alanis, had just four kills. Ferris’ inability to efficiently possess the ball left her few chances to make an impact.