• Graham Lady Blues players Baylee Loomis, left, and Jasmine Sims jump up at the net for an attempted double block on a Burkburnett Lady Bulldog during the first set of the district tiebreaker game Friday afternoon from Windthorst High School. Leader photo by Evan Grice
  • Members of the Graham Lady Blues varsity volleyball team along with head coach Marci Faulk pose for a team photo Friday afternoon at Windthorst High School following the Lady Blues’ sweep of the Burkburnett Lady Bulldogs by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 26-24, which earned them the No.1 seed for the upcoming playoffs. Leader photo by Evan Grice

Lady Blues volleyball claims No. 1 playoff seed

WINDTHORST – It’s been often said that sharing is caring.
While the Graham Lady Blues might have had to share the regular season district title with the Burkburnett Lady Bulldogs, the only thing they cared about Friday afternoon in Windthorst was claiming the top overall seed for the upcoming playoffs.
Mission accomplished.
Graham used a blistering first set attack to overwhelm the Lady Bulldogs and set the tone for the rest of the match as the Lady Blues swept Burkburnett to claim the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
The first round of the postseason was scheduled to take place Tuesday night from Abilene Cooper as the Lady Blues were set to take on Big Spring, with the winner meeting either Springtown or Godley in the area round.
“This has been probably the highlight of the season for us,” senior setter Marleigh Sanders said. “We told ourselves we needed to pounce on them (Burkburnett) from the first point of the game. It was great to see us carry the intensity throughout the entire match.”
In the opening set of the contest, the Lady Blues jumped out to a 3-0 advantage before the Lady Bulldogs got to within one at 3-2.
After getting to within one point again at 5-4, Burkburnett could never get any closer the rest of the match, as Graham eventually closed out the opening set in style with a 25-16 victory.
Set two saw the Lady Bulldogs play a much more controlled style, and it looked like they were going to even things with the Lady Blues as they held a 23-22 lead late on.
But, after a timeout was called by Lady Blues head coach Marci Faulk, Graham composed itself and won the next 3 points to give themselves a two set advantage.
Ironically enough, the third and final set of the evening turned out to be the toughest for the Lady Blues to manage in the contest.

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