CORINTH — Lake Dallas had Mesquite Poteet reeling after a dominating win in the second set of Tuesday’s nondistrict showdown but looked like a different team the rest of the way in a 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 25-14 loss.
The difference in the match was the third set. Trailing 23-16, Poteet ripped off a 10-1 run to steal the win. The Lady Falcons (7-14) had extended a one-point lead to seven only moments earlier as the Lady Pirates looked out of sorts, but Poteet took the win and opened the fourth set with a 20-7 run. Lake Dallas never threatened from there.
“We just can’t finish,” Lake Dallas coach Heather Van Noy said. “When you are winning a game 23-16, there is absolutely no excuse for losing. It drained us. Good teams come back, but we didn’t.”
Poteet was led by Grace Nwegbo and Madison Yannetti with 14 kills apiece. Selena Mendoza, the team’s libero, finished with 21 digs.
Sophomore Megan Turner posted nine kills and 10 digs for Lake Dallas. Senior Lauren Peifer and freshman Madi Bodkin tied with six kills apiece. Peifer also had 17 digs and Jennifer Chapman added 25 assists.
The Lady Falcons are searching for consistency with only two nondistrict matches left. They open District 5-4A play Sept. 13 at home against Fort Worth Brewer. They will visit Mansfield Timberview on Friday and close out nondistrict action at home against Frisco Lone Star on Tuesday.
“The thing about this team is that when we are on, I think we can beat anybody,” Van Noy said. “But I never know what I’m going to get and they’re all just so inconsistent ... all of them. There’s not one of them who is consistent every single night, and that’s what I need right now.”
Lake Dallas looked confident in the second set, rebounding from a seven-point deficit with a 19-3 run to take a 22-13 lead. Turner and Peifer were key during the surge, and the Lady Pirates committed six errors. Peifer closed out the set with two straight kills.
That performance seemingly made the Lady Falcons’ opening-set loss a distant memory. Poteet was the aggressor early in the first set and broke open a 7-all stalemate with an 11-4 run. Lake Dallas trimmed the Poteet lead to three, but the Lady Pirates scored the set’s final four points.
“That’s why I’m so frustrated, because we play like that [in the second set] and then we play like the fourth game,” Van Noy said. “Once they have confidence, they take off. But the second that confidence is down, they start to shut down.”