CARROLLTON — When Argyle claimed the top spot in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A poll last week, coach Clark Oberle said he was excited to see his girls notch a program first. But on Tuesday he pointed out how insignificant the ranking is this time of year.
The Lady Eagles (24-9, 3-0 District 10-3A) seem to agree and didn’t let off the gas pedal in a 25-7, 25-13, 25-10 win over Carrollton Ranchview. The win pushed Argyle’s win streak to 10 and gives the team 16 wins in its last 17 matches.
“I did think it [being ranked No. 1] was pretty neat for it being the first time, but we also told the girls nobody cares who is No. 1 at the end of September or in October,” Oberle said. “The only one that matters is at the end of November. Until then, everyone is going to want to knock us off, so we’d better show up every day or else we won’t be No. 1 for long.”
On Tuesday, Argyle senior Brooke Robertson and junior Katy Keenan tied for the team lead in kills with 13 apiece while sophomore Alexa Bass posted six aces. Keenan also had four blocks. Argyle took control of the match early, jumping out to a 16-1 lead in the opening set.
The Lady Wolves (2-12, 1-2) had just two kills in that set and could not match up defensively with the Eagles — specifically Keenan and Robertson — who already had combined for 14 kills heading into the second set.
“Katy has really been playing well lately,” Oberle said. “Our goal tonight as a team was to play clean; we really didn’t want a lot of unforced errors or to miss too many serves. Overall, they all did what we needed them to do, so that was really good to see.”
Ranchview had a little more success in the ensuing set as Argyle worked in some different lineups, but the Wolves couldn’t get any closer than six points midway through the set. Argyle took that six-point lead and went on another 7-1 run for a 19-7 lead.
Leading 21-11, the Lady Eagles closed out the set with a 4-2 run. Argyle added another 12-2 run to open the final set. Keenan and Robertson again combined for five kills during that stretch. The Lady Eagles closed out the match by scoring 11 of the final 17 points.
Tuesday’s win gives the Lady Eagles their third consecutive shutout. They’ve only dropped three sets since Aug. 31 — a span of 12 matches.
“All the teams in this district are well-coached, so the way I see it, we need to be on guard all the time because on any given night something can happen,” Oberle said. “It’s important that we continue to play well and stay sharp.”