ARGYLE — Argyle coach Clark Oberle needed a second to think after Tuesday night’s 25-8, 25-11, 25-12 district win against Aubrey.
Oberle tried to remember the last time his team lost a district match. After a few seconds, he recalled is was during the 2009 season.
That streak remains intact after the Lady Eagles’ straight-set victory over Aubrey cemented a perfect district campaign for the No. 1 team in Class 3A, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
The Lady Eagles picked up their fourth straight district championship after rolling through eight district matches without losing a set.
A year after the Lady Eagles lost in the 3A state semifinals, Argyle is ready to begin another postseason journey.
“We’ve been thinking about that since last Novemeber,” Oberle said. “Not to take anything for granted, but we’ve been thinking about that in the back of our minds, and a lot of what we were doing in the offseason was to get ready for the next several weeks.”
Argyle (29-9) opens the postseason with a Class 3A bi-district match against Gainesville at 7 p.m. Monday at Kitty Magee Arena.
Oberle said the Lady Eagles have not lost a set to a 3A team this season.
Aubrey, which went 2-6 in District 10-3A play and finished fourth, will face No. 4 Decatur on Tuesday at Ryan in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The time has not been determined, Aubrey coach Lisa Deaver said.
Immediately after the teams exchanged postgame pleasantries, Deaver reached into her bag to check her phone to see if the district’s other results came in — results that could have forced Aubrey into a three-way tie for third place.
It will be Aubrey’s first playoff appearance since 2009, when the Lady Chaparrals lost in the Class 2A state final.
Argyle was led by 11 kills apiece from senior Alyssa Bruton and sophomore Eighmy Dobbins. Junior Katy Keenan notched six kills and three blocks in the victory.
Aubrey senior Paige Bisi had a team-high four kills, while freshman Micayla Porter had 10 assists.
In Deaver’s first season as head coach, the Lady Chaparrals grew stronger as district play progressed and picked up two wins in the second half of the 10-3A schedule.
“We improved steadily throughout the season,” Deaver said. “They started trying to do some new things the first half of district. By the time we started the second half of district, they started firing and started winning more sets, and then matches.”
Tuesday was the final home match for Argyle’s five seniors. The seniors celebrated with punch, cake, a team portrait and a slideshow.
Now that another perfect district season is in the books, the top 3A team in the state aims to return to the state tournament and win its first state championship.
“We’re very excited,” Argyle senior Brooke Robertson said. “Everyone’s really determined and focused this year, even more so than last year, because we’re ranked No. 1, so we have a huge target on our backs. It’s just more motivation to work harder.”
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