Flower Mound rallies to defeat Plano Senior

October 12, 2010
By Kevin Hageland, khageland@acnpapers.com

PLANO - That Tuesday night’s volleyball match between Plano Senior and Flower Mound would go the distance isn’t surprising.

How it got to Game 5 was though. And for the Lady Wildcats, it was also tough to swallow.

“We are very evenly matched teams,” said Jennifer Cron, Plano head coach. “What was disappointing is the fact we won the first two games and then lost the next three in our home gym.”

Indeed Cron’s recollection is correct as Plano won the first two games, 26-24 and 25-23, respectively, only to see Flower Mound take the ensuing three (25-19, 25-16, 17-15).

“I told the girls they had to pull together as a team after those first two games,” said Marci Brinkman, Flower Mound head coach. “No one was going to do it for them; it was up to the girls and their intensity completely changed in Game 3 and going forward.”

Plano got out to a 6-2 lead in the decisive game, but Flower Mound methodically crept closer until tying things up at 9-9. Those ties would continue on every point until 14-14. And that’s when the Lady Jaguars turned to their leading hitters for the night. Sophomore Briana Allmon, who had 15 kills and three blocks, gave Flower Mound the lead at 15-14 and senior Rebecca Green, who had 21 kills and five blocks, finished things off with a termination that made it 17-15.

“We were playing as six individuals in those first two games,” Brinkman said. “In those last three, we played as a team.”

As could be expected, Cron felt her team trended the opposite way.

“We were really aggressive in the first two sets,” she said. “But then we backed off and made too many errors in the last three.”

The lack of aggression was particularly obvious at the net, where Plano often settled for a tip as opposed to a termination.

“Yeah, we had too many tips and not enough swings,” Cron said. “I think there was a little bit of a lack of confidence there tonight.”

That may have been due to the fact that when Plano seniors Taylor Story or Kelsey Hickle were there to swing away, Flower Mound seniors Macey Singleton and Liz Theesfeld were often there to push the ball back up. The former had 22 digs and a team-high 29 assists while the latter led the Lady Jaguars with 27 digs.

Strong digging and blocking from Flower Mound combined with troubles in the serve receive and communication departments for Plano negated the Lady Wildcats notable comebacks in Games 1 and 2.

The Lady Wildcats trailed on three separate occasions in the 20s in each of those sets, but found themselves victorious both times. A block from Plano junior Ashley McDowell and tip by freshman Aubrey Davis helped close out the first frame with an ace by Story and kill by junior Taylor Watkins doing the same in Game 2.

That gave Plano the early momentum, but by night’s end it all belonged to Flower Mound.

“Our girls came out with a lot to prove tonight,” Brinkman said, “and I think this win can carry us into the last four matches.”

The Lady Jaguars return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Lewisville while the Lady Wildcats will be on the court at the same time in a home match against Flower Mound Marcus.

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