Volleyball: Success in under an hour

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Argyle sophomore Emma Malone (8) blocks a hit at the net against Hillsboro, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in Argyle.
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Argyle sweeps past Hillsboro

ARGYLE — Argyle made quick work of Hillsboro on Tuesday, sweeping their match in less than an hour.

The 25-8, 25-6, 25-10 win was a dominating performance on all fronts for the No. 5 team in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A poll.

Junior Katy Keenan led the Lady Eagles (19-9) with 10 kills and three blocks, while sophomore Eighmy Dobbins added eight kills and one ace. Senior Brooke Robertson finished with six kills, and sophomore Alexa Bass had three aces.

The match lasted roughly 48 minutes and gave Argyle 11 wins it its last 12 matches, including a five-match winning streak heading into Friday’s showdown at Brock. Brock, which won a state title last year, is No. 7 in Class 2A.

“You have to be careful with this long of a season. You don’t want to peak too early,” Argyle coach Clark Oberle said. “We played a tough schedule early on to get us ready for down the road, so I feel pretty good about where we are with two games left before district [play] starts.”

Argyle will close out its nondistrict slate Tuesday at home against Decatur, the No. 7 team in 3A. The Lady Eagles will host Celina in their District 10-3A opener Sept. 27.

On Tuesday, Oberle got a chance to tinker with his lineup and added several new looks on defense. All the while, the Lady Eagles remained focused against a Hillsboro squad that looked outmatched from the get-go.

The Lady Eagles went on runs of 14-0 and 18-2, respectively, in the first two sets. They never allowed Hillsboro (3-7) to score more than two points in a row.

Hillsboro’s offense recorded just nine kills and one ace and scored back-to-back points a total of four times.

In the first set, Keenan and Robertson combined for nine kills to push Argyle out to an 18-3 lead. Hillsboro went on a short run to narrow the gap to 13 but subsequently had two service errors in a 6-2 Argyle run to close out the set.

Hillsboro trailed 7-4 to open the second set but scored just two points the rest of the way. Dobbins scored seven kills in that set.

In the third set, Argyle broke open a five-point advantage with a 14-4 run for the win.

“One of our goals is to go on more four-plus-point runs and limit our opponent during that, ... so having runs like that tonight is definitely a plus,” Oberle said. “You always want to do that no matter who you play. We got some work done tonight that we needed to get done to get ready for district and hopefully the postseason.”


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