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Volleyball: Krum beats Ponder in season opener

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By Steve Gamel

KRUM — Krum coach Lynn Larson was preparing to give her team a pep talk after a dismal third set where the Lady Bobcats blew a seven-point lead and a chance to sweep visiting Ponder.

But before the second-year coach could say a word, the Lady Bobcats took control of the brief huddle — and the ensuing set — to win 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16 at Bennie Enis Gymnasium.

It was the season opener for both teams.

“It was the girls who came to me first and said, ‘oh coach, we’ve got it,’” Larson said laughing.

“Even after that [third set], their confidence didn’t go down one bit.”

Krum (1-0) was led by Ashleigh Wolf, who finished the night with 12 kills.

The Lady Bobcats trailed just once in the fourth set and led by six points before closing out the night with a 5-2 run.

Ponder (0-1) kept fighting after dropping the first two sets; the Lady Lions were led by Morgan Melvin’s 11 kills and seven blocks.

Shelby Melvin and Karah Ortiz each had eight digs for Ponder.

“It’s a work in progress for us,” Ponder coach Cindy Thornton said. “There were too many errors, but we rallied in every set and that was good to see.”

Both teams struggled equally throughout the night to avoid errors.

However, by the third set Ponder was the one taking the brunt of it and was close to being swept.

Trailing by one in the third set, Krum went on a 7-1 run and minutes later had built a 22-15 lead.

That’s when things got interesting as Ponder rattled off a 10-0 run — with nine of those points coming off Krum errors — to force a fourth set.

“I kept thinking that something good was going to happen [to break the run] and we would squeeze in a point here and there,” Larson said.

“I wanted to let them play it through; there were just too many errors.”

Neither coach was impressed with the mounting errors, but both were willing to chalk the night up to a typical season opener.

Larson had two freshman in her front row during the final three sets and has several players adjusting to new positions — including a new setter.

Thornton’s team is also relatively young and was without standout sophomore Kaylee Buell.

“For the first game, you expect some mistakes,” Thornton said. “There were also plenty of bright spots.”