CORINTH — A match that looked like it was lining up to be a sprint turned into a marathon at Lake Dallas High School on Tuesday night.
Sanger won a five-set match against the Lady Falcons after the Lady Indians grabbed a pivotal Set 2. Sanger (8-7) also took the fourth and fifth sets, winning 22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19 and 15-11.
Lake Dallas (3-13) got off to a quick start taking Set 1, but a near 10-minute officiating-related delay in Set 2 when the Lady Falcons were leading seemed to change things. Sanger came out of the delay with three quick points to pull within 13-9.
“It just took too long,” Lake Dallas head coach Jason Roemer said. “It’s such a momentum game. When you stand on the court for that long, it’s hard to recover from, and that one got away from us, but we responded.”
Some missed serves for Lake Dallas forced the Lady Falcons to use a timeout at 17-16. Sanger turned the tide and pulled away to win the set, 25-22.
“When we play energetic, we’re a good team, but when we let up anybody can beat us” Sanger head coach Scott Montgomery said. “We’re trying to find consistency with our energy. I do think in those last three sets we found the consistency.”
Set 3 was tightly contested as the two traded blows throughout. A pivotal moment came late in the set with Lake Dallas leading 23-20. Sophomore Delanie Sanchez had a wonderfully finessed tap over the net that found the floor, giving Lake Dallas the energy to finish the set 25-20.
Sanger led early in Set 4 and never looked back. The offense was spread out for Sanger. Seniors Gabbi Roelofs, Sydney Price, Kenzie Turkoly and junior Kaela Wilkinson led the offensive side. Price led the way with 14 kills. Seniors Bebe Dutton and Beam Jaley held it down defensively with a combined 22 digs for Sanger.
Despite a few mishaps, the Lady Indians cruised to a 15-11 mark in Set 5, taking the match.
“It’s fun to have young teams,” Roemer said. “You can train them up and you will have them for a while, but you’re going to lose some hair with them too. It’s a roller coaster.”
Up next for both teams is Argyle’s Sawyer Camillo Tournament. Play starts on Thursday.