CORINTH — There were stretches during Tuesday’s District 5-4A match between Guyer and Lake Dallas when the Lady Falcons looked like they could steal a win over their unbeaten rival.
But Guyer’s hard-hitting offense eventually wore down the Lake Dallas defense in a 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 sweep.
“It’s a rival game for us; they are right down the road from us, so the girls want to get up for that,” Lake Dallas coach Heather Van Noy said. “I am extremely proud because we knew they would come in with some big swingers, but these girls were going to battle on defense.”
The Lady Wildcats (21-8, 4-0 district) used 17 kills from sophomore Emily Hill to offset any chance of an upset and pick up their ninth straight win and third sweep in district play. Senior Madison Walford added five kills, three blocks and 27 assists, and senior Sydney Reyes had nine kills.
Lake Dallas (8-19, 1-3) was led by sophomore Megan Turner, who had seven kills. Freshman Jennifer Chapman finished with six kills and 13 assists, and seniors Alexis Medina and Lauren Peifer posted 16 and nine digs, respectively.
The Lady Falcons’ ability to react swiftly on defense and get solid touches on the ball led to several long exchanges and kept giving them new life. Trailing by nine in the opening set, Lake Dallas rattled off a 10-5 run to trim the Guyer lead to 18-14. It wasn’t until Hill knocked down her fifth kill for a five-point lead that Guyer regained momentum. Guyer scored six of the set’s final seven points.
Guyer looked strong all night but midway through the second set hadn’t held more than a three-point lead. Even when Guyer went on a 7-1 run to take a 22-13 lead, Lake Dallas rebounded with a 6-2 run before Hill knocked down set point.
Guyer led 13-7 in the final set, only to have its lead cut to one before closing things out with a 10-2 run.
“The Lake Dallas defense was immense. They were going after things that were surprising and picking it up and bringing it back over the other side of the net,” Guyer coach Addie Mack said. “They were challenging us. At times I felt like they were outworking us, but our girls came back and fought. It makes it fun to watch.”
The rivals continue to march in different directions. Guyer, which will travel to Azle on Friday, hasn’t lost since Aug. 31 and is the aggressor in the district race.
The Lady Falcons have lost six of seven matches entering a contest at Denton on Friday.
“I have a young team, so if they’re playing this well now it’s going to be a battle,” Van Noy said. “This is a tough district and always has been, but I wouldn’t count us out.”