Lady Bulldogs open season with 3-0 victory over Tatum

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By JOHN ARBTER

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The Quitman Lady Bulldogs began their 2019 campaign with a three-game sweep of the Tatum Lady Eagles on Aug. 6 at Delbert Ballard gymnasium. Although far from district form, the Lady Bulldogs fought all night to retain the momentum, never gave up on a ball in play, and secured points from all facets of the game.

After getting down early while ironing out some floor spacing issues, the Lady Bulldogs clawed back into game one. Timely serving by Jentri Jackson gave the Lady Bulldogs a lead at 10-9.

The rafters at Ballard gymnasium were kind to the home side in game one, and Quitman stretched that lead to a 22-16 advantage. Tatum regrouped and closed the gap to 22-20 before the Lady Bulldogs regained their footing.

After a spirited exchange of volleys, the ball took a slow roll down the top of the net, slipping off onto the floor on the Tatum side and giving Quitman the game one win 25-20.

Both sides came out booming in game two. The Lady Eagles scored on athletic spikes out of the back court and took a 6-5 lead. Quitman never lost their composure. They regained the lead 12-11 on nothing more than heart.

Excellent play by Jackson and Julia Simpkins along with the presence of Ava Burroughs saw the Lady Bulldogs through in game two. They took the win 25-17 after seemingly breaking the Lady Eagles’ will.

Fatigue set in on both sides in game three. Unforced errors dominated play and the game stood tied at 9-9 before Quitman’s discipline began to open a gap. With an ace to take the final point, the Lady Bulldogs recorded a game three win 25-16, and a three game match win.

Communications between Lady Bulldogs Lucy Brannon, Ava Burroughs, Shelby Hayes, Jentri Jackson, Julia Simpkins and Maddy Whitehurst was already in mid-season form.

Quitman participated in the Princeton Classic Aug. 8-10, travelled to Cumby on Aug. 13, and will be in the Wills Point Tourney this upcoming weekend.

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