Volleyball: Krum rips Bridgeport to secure third place

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KRUM — Krum wasted no time in dismantling Bridgeport in Tuesday’s District 9-3A finale and now has its sights firmly planted on next week’s opening round of the playoffs.

The 25-9, 25-12, 25-14 sweep gave the Lady Bobcats (25-13, 4-4 district) sole possession of third place and dropped Gainesville into fourth place. Krum and Gainesville entered Tuesday with identical district records, but the Lady Leopards lost to Decatur. Had Krum and Gainesville won, there would have been a playoff for third place in 9-3A.

Instead, Krum will play a warmup match at 5 p.m. Friday against Pilot Point.

Krum will face Celina in the first round of the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kitty Magee Arena. Last year, the Lady Bobcats finished third in the district and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.

“We’ve played some pretty good competition this year, especially in the last week or so, and I told the girls coming into tonight that no matter what happened on the other side of the net we needed to play like we were preparing for playoffs,” first-year Krum coach Lynn Larson said. “These girls ... their goal is to get back to the regional quarterfinals and have a chance to compete in the regional tournament. That’s what they said at the very beginning of the season, and it would be a first for this program.”

It would have been easy for the Lady Bobcats to ease off the gas against Bridgeport (0-8 district) given that they already had a playoff spot locked up. That didn’t happen.

Krum’s senior tandem of Machala Noack and Jordan Crawford finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Savannah Brinkley also posted 10 kills.

The Lady Bobcats opened the match with a 7-1 run and led by 12 points before going on another 5-1 surge to close out the opening set.

They were just as dominant in the next set while jumping out to a 9-3 lead. Bridgeport battled to keep within striking distance, but the Lady Bobcats blew open their six-point lead midway through the set and scored 11 of the set’s final 15 points to take a 2-0 match lead.

Ashleigh Wolf picked up two of her five kills during that second-set surge, and Bridgeport helped out with five hitting errors.

Krum went on an 11-2 run to open the third set, with Brinkley scoring four of her team’s points during the run.

Bridgeport led once through the first two sets and only managed to score back-to-back points once during that stretch. Even after cutting the deficit to five points midway through the third set, Bridgeport watched as Krum went on an 8-2 run to extend its lead to 11 before eventually taking the set.

“I think the night played out real well for us,” Larson said. “We managed to spot serve extremely well and also did a good job of spreading the offense out.”


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