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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Braylee Mayes (5) and Trinity Gregory (10) react to a swing by Vernon’s Valerie Tyra during the Lady Blues’ 3-0 at Vernon Friday evening. Mayes was credited for two blocks in the match. Gregory had nine kills.

Lady Blues sweep Vernon

The Lady Blues do not have anything more to lose or gain in the district schedule. Last week the team secured a second-place finish in District 5-4A. Friday’s 3-0 win at Vernon and Monday’s senior night match against Mineral Wells were formalities and opportunities for the young team to get more experience. 

Typically a Lady Blues road match at Vernon comes with challenges. Coach Marci Faulk has said multiple times that she does not like playing in the gym. Friday was a bit of fresh air for the coach as the team started strong and cruised to wins of 25-14, 25-16, 25-22.

“I was so relieved when we started off strong,” Faulk said. “I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it to the girls because most of them haven’t played here before, but there is just something about this gym and when we come here, it’s a struggle.”

The Lady Blues led for a majority of the set. Vernon took early leads at 1-0 and 2-1 before back-to-back errors gave the Lady Blues a 3-2 lead. A Lady Blues block sailed out of bounds to tie the game again. Back-to-back kills by Olga Morales sparked a 5-0 run for the Lady Blues. The run gave the team an 8-3 lead. The Lady Blues did not trail again until the third set.

For the rest of the story, see the Oct. 27 edition of The Graham Leader.

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