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Volleyball: Stayin’ alive

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By Dave Rogers / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

CORINTH — Like a cat with nine lives, Krum’s volleyball team rescued its season from the crypt Tuesday night.

The Lady Cats fought off five match points to defeat Frisco Lone Star in five sets in Class 3A bi-district action at Lake Dallas High School.

Krum will now play Irving North Hills in an area round match at 7 p.m. Thursday at Marcus High School in Flower Mound.

“It was intense,” Krum senior Kim Robinson said of the match played in front of a rowdy crowd of 400 that included several students dressed in Halloween costumes as superheroes and assorted goblins.

“I just knew I was not ready to be done with our season and my teammates felt the same,” Robinson said. “I knew we were the better team, but I felt like the first two games were warm-ups. We had playoff nerves.

“But the third game we were ready, and we picked it up. That’s when we knew we deserved to win this match.”

Lone Star, the runner-up in District 10-3A, jumped out to a two-set lead in the best-of-five match before Krum used some tough serving and smooth passing for an easy win in the third set. Both the final two sets required extra points.

The Lady Cats, who tied for second in 9-3A, won the match by scores of 21-25, 16-25, 25-9, 27-25, 17-15 and improved to 29-14 on the season. Lone Star finished at 16-24.

In jeopardy of being swept out of Falcon Gym, Krum got a speech from coach Stacey Lucas after the first two sets that should be put in a trophy case for its effectiveness.

“I just told them we were making all the mistakes,” Lucas said. “I told them we just have to play our game, and if we do, there’s no way the other team should be able to beat us.

“We had terrible passing the first two games on serve-receive. Our passers stepped up, and when we were able to get the passes, our hitters did their jobs.”

Robinson led the Lady Cats with 22 kills and matched sophomore libero Arianna Buchanan with 12 service points. Senior Justice Dominguez and junior Machala Noack had 13 kills apiece, while senior Ashleye Adkins had 10.

Lone Star, which was led by 24 kills from senior Julia Richards, had match points in the fourth set at 24-22, 24-23 and 25-24. Robinson and Noack logged put-aways on two of those points, and Robinson blocked Richards’ spike on the other.

Back-to-back winners by Adkins and Robinson tied the match at two sets apiece.

Lone Star had chances to win again when it led 14-12 and 14-13 in the fifth set, but Robinson saved one match point with a kill and Adkins and Dominguez teamed for a block on the other.

It was tied 15-all before Dominguez gave Krum a 16-15 lead. The night’s final point came when Richards’ booming shot landed past the back line.