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Lady Blues show fight in loss to Boyd

The Lady Blues faced another tough test Tuesday at Boyd. The 3A No. 5 ranked Lady Yellowjackets were the better team, but the Lady Blues did not back down in a 25-14, 25-14, 26-24 loss.

It was never going to be an easy match and Lady Blues coach Marci Faulk knew that as her team walked into the gym. The match was all about building confidence and playing aggressively at all times.

That aggressiveness is a double-edged sword. Sometimes it pays off, but a lot of times Tuesday, it did not. Faulk says that’s okay.

“I tell them all the time, I’ll take an aggressive error any day,” Faulk said.

Boyd entered the match 8-1 this season, the only loss came Saturday in the gold bracket championship match at the Lu Allen Memorial Volleyball tournament.

Boyd jumped ahead 5-0 to open the match and that set the tone for the first two sets. One small bright spot in the early stages was a kill by freshman Emilee Gordy followed by an ace from Braylee Mayes, her first of two. That was followed up on errors on back-to-back plays to increase the deficit back to five at 7-2.

The Lady Blues did score three points in succession in the later portions of the set. Trailing 17-7, Mayes earned a kill to briefly halt a Boyd run. After a swing was returned out of bounds by Boyd, Trinity Gregory earned her first kill of the match. Boyd scored on six kills and an ace, compounded by mistakes from the Lady Blues take the first set.

For the rest of the story, see the Aug. 28 edition of The Graham Leader.

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