Quitman’s Lady Bulldogs kept their perfect District 12-3A record unblemished (10-0) with a straight set win over Alba-Golden by the scores of 25-21, 25-20, 25-15. The first two games were close as the Lady Panthers fought to stay in the game.
Quitman started slow, but powerful kills by Kaci Raley, Madalyn Spears and Molly Tanner were too much to overcome. Quitman’s hustle accounted for over 60 digs in the three sets. Those digs kept the ball in play and enabled one of East Texas’ premier setters, Cammie Hicks, time to view the court and make excellent sets for the hitters. Sophomore Jentri Jackson led the team with 16 digs in the match while libero Abby Dobbs did a great job on the back line and from the serving line.
The Lady Panthers were led by the hustle and defensive play of libero Lindsey Roberts and strong net play from Ginny Carson, Kenzie Chadwick and Hannah Ellis.
In the first set Quitman led early on two consecutive aces by Tanner giving the Lady Dogs a 3-0 advantage. Alba-Golden would fight back with some great net play and an Ellis kill put the Lady Panthers on top 11-9. The game stayed close with the teams fighting through long volleys and the lead continuously changing hands. The score was tied at 12-12, 14-14, 15,15, 16-16 and 17-17 before Quitman took the lead for good at 18-17. Julia Simpkins shot back a kill on an Alba-Golden tip to make it 23-19 and a Spears kill, which could not be handled, ended the game at 25-21.
Early in the second set Raley got a resounding kill which would set the pace for the game. With Quitman leading 9-5, Spears scored on a hard dropping serve which could not be returned to make it 10-5. Alba-Golden fought back from a 23 to 15 deficit to cut the lead to 23-19, but a Spears cross court kill to the back right corner ended the game at 25-20 for Quitman.
Set number three was tied 10-10 when the Lady Bulldogs took complete control as Quitman took over from there outscoring the Lady Panthers 15-5 the rest of the way.
For the game Raley had 15 digs, 13 kills, one ace; Tanner 12 digs, 12 kills, three aces; Hicks five digs,one kill, 37 assists; Spears 15 digs, 10 kills, five aces and Jackson 16 digs, 3 kills.
Quitman took it to Kemp Friday in dominating fashion by the scores of 25-11, 25-13, 25-6. Hicks led the way with 31 assists, three digs, three aces, one kill; Raley 12 digs, 17 kills, two blocks; Tanner 12 digs, six kills, three aces, two assists; Spears 10 digs, seven kills; Jackson three 17 digs, three kills, four aces.
This week, the Lady Bulldogs continue their quest for an undefeated District 12-3A title Tuesday at Eustace and hosting Mineola Friday before winding up the season on the road at Grand Saline.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 29-7 for the year and 11-0 in district action and are currently ranked 17th in Class 3A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.