In the final District 5-4A match for both teams, Guyer looked to be heading into the playoffs with all phases of its game in shape with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-19 sweep at Denton on Tuesday.
With the win, the Lady Wildcats (30-9) share the district championship with Trophy Club Nelson with a district record of 13-1. A match between Guyer and Nelson to determine the top seed will be played at Justin Northwest at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will play Birdville, and the loser will face Fort Worth Chisholm Trail.
Guyer’s only loss in the district came at the hands of Nelson, and Guyer coach Addie Mack said that Friday will offer a great tuneup for the playoffs.
“We had our loss against Nelson,” Mack said. “We took a lot of time to completely reset and re-evaluate what our goals were. The girls have been completely driven about it and have been playing strong ever since. It’s going to be a battle of want, and I’m excited to watch them perform.”
Sophomore Emily Hill directed Guyer’s offense with 13 kills while pitching in with her defense, fighting for 13 digs. Sydney Reyes added seven kills while Madison Walford posted 25 assists. McKenzie Christopher had 23 digs, and Jasmine Montemayor added 15 digs.
“The whole crosstown rival situation always plays a factor,” Mack said. “They had an amazing crowd, and everything just preps us. Everything was so loud and it was very hard for them to hear what I was saying to them. It was about them driving and knowing what we wanted. It was just fun watching them perform and execute what we worked on in practice.”
Denton was paced by junior Jade Akins’ 11 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore libero Emily Curtis held Denton’s defensive fort with 23 digs.
The first set had Denton’s home crowd on an emotional roller coaster as the set was tied at 14. A Guyer miss gave Denton a 15-14 lead, but the Lady Wildcats got back-to-back kills from Reyes and Hill to take a 19-15 lead. Denton clawed back to tie it at 22, but Hill finished off the Lady Broncos with two of the last three kills.
“They run a lot of crosses and their setter is really good,” Denton coach Danielle Silva said. “[Hill] is a great player and she’s got a great swing. Offensively they were pretty solid and defensively they didn’t really let many balls drop, so we really had to earn our points and our kills.”
Denton took a 7-5 lead in the second set, but the Lady Wildcats took control and used a 6-2 run to finish off the set.
The Lady Broncos were within 16-14 in the third set on an Akins kill but couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole, as three straight misses gave the Lady Wildcats the 25-19 win.
Denton (17-16, 8-6 district) finished tied for third place with Azle and Wichita Falls Rider. The teams will flip today for the bye in a three-team playoff set for 4:30 p.m. Friday at Bowie.
“We just need to come out and play our game,” Silva said. “I really believe we’re the better team out of the three of us, and I really believe we should have beaten them the first time we played them. We have to have all of our kids on. We had some kids that were off tonight, and it’s going to take all of us with our fundamentals.”
PATRICK HAYSLIP can be reached at 940-566-6873 and via Twitter at @PatrickHayslip.