ARGYLE — Going on the road against a stout Liberty Christian team posed plenty of problems for the Lady Broncos Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors have gone toe-to-toe with some quality teams, including Argyle twice this non-district season, but Denton’s frontline and experience proved to be too much.
The Lady Broncos (20-7) overcame some self-inflicted mistakes and their opponents' adjustments to sweep the Lady Warriors on the road 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 28-26).
“This is a hard team to play; they’ve taken Argyle the distance twice,” Denton coach Cassie Headrick said. “They slow everything down and hit shots, so if you’re not disciplined [you struggle], and that’s what we were at times.”
While it wasn’t perfect, Headrick’s team was able to use their outstanding offensive weapons to overwhelm Liberty Christian for the majority of the match. The different combinations of Leah Stolfus, Taylor Thomas, Sydney Soto, and Campbell Sweeten constantly caused problems for the Lady Warriors.
“We started out slow in the first set, but as the match went on we got more locked in,” Liberty Christian coach Kim Grizzle said. “They have a pretty solid front row, so we needed to block well but we gave them a lot of one-on-ones because we were trying to stay with [Stolfus].”
As a result, Taylor Thomas and Sydney Soto shined, ending the match with 14 and 11 kills, respectively, while Stolfus totaled seven of her own.
Denton controlled much of the first two sets, but the third set was up in the air. Liberty Christian had opportunities after taking an 18-17 lead then being tied with Denton from 20-20 until 26-26 where the Lady Broncos pulled out the third set.
The loss stings for the Lady Warriors, however Grizzle took positives against a daunting Denton squad, especially from that final set.
“We were able to serve aggressively and we locked in better,” Grizzle said. “We were hitting shots that were open and we mixed up our offense more to get our right side and our middles more involved.”
The Lady Broncos had bright spots on defense, led by Soto’s 16 digs and Abby Folsom’s 23 assists and eight digs. Headrick said her team’s serve-receive got better as the match progressed, but there’s still work to do.
Headrick was passionate after the win with her team, letting them know that there’s still work to be done, despite them having another strong non-district season.
“Even though we’re struggling at times, we’re gutting things out, and that’s a good thing,” Headrick said. “We could be dropping matches, but we’re not. This team plays with heart and that pushes them in games. We’re just not where I want us to be yet.”