Newcomer has Lady Falcons on early-season roll
SANGER — It’s safe to say the addition of Adrianna Nolly couldn’t have played out any better for Lake Dallas.
The 6-2 junior middle blocker has been on a tear since transferring from Irving Nimitz in the offseason. On Tuesday, she rolled up seven kills and six of the Lady Falcons’ 12 blocks in a 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 sweep at Sanger. The win gives Lake Dallas (7-2) a six-game win streak.
“She [Nolly] is definitely a spark for us,” said Lake Dallas coach Heather Van Noy, whose team is coming off consecutive losing seasons. “She brings a swagger to the court; the girls walk out there now with more confidence than in the past. They also remember last year; they don’t want to have that feeling again.”
Lake Dallas’ streak includes winning the Challenger Bracket of the Garland tournament last weekend. After going 2-2 to start the tournament, the team won all three of its games on Saturday, and Nolly had 44 kills over the seven tournament games.
She didn’t slow down against Sanger, which is no slouch. The Lady Indians (6-2) had just one loss entering Tuesday and were a playoff team a year ago. Morgan Turkoly and Erin Kearney each led Sanger with six kills. Turkoly added 10 assists and teammate Madi Wilson chipped in with three assists.
Lake Dallas countered that effort at almost every turn, and only trailed twice on the night. Cassie Garnett and Kambrie Gossett had six kills apiece and Hailey Walter threw in eight digs for the Lady Falcons. Jennifer Chapman had seven digs, 17 assists and three aces.
“Lake Dallas did a good job. They hustled for everything,” Sanger coach Tammy Niemczyk said. “We just need to be consistent and keep the intensity up. When you are on the court, you have a job to do. It’s still early in the season, but I just felt like it was a roller coaster performance tonight.”
The Lady Falcons set the tone early and scored the first five points of the opening set. Sanger slowly chipped away, and after a 6-2 run stole a 16-14 lead midway through the set. Lake Dallas responded with a 10-1 run to set up match point. The surge included two huge blocks and a kill from Nolly. Sanger didn’t help its cause with six errors. Sanger rallied briefly but lost the set on another error.
Sanger trailed by as many as 11 points in the second set, and things didn’t get easier as Lake Dallas took a 12-4 lead to open the third. Lake Dallas led 18-16 before going on a 7-1 run to net the win.
“We’ve really worked hard as a team to put consistent points together,” Van Noy said. “We want to protect the serve as much as possible. Sanger is a very scrappy team and you have to be careful.”