By Audra Paine, TSB Staff
GARLAND – It was the third time these two District 10-5A foes had squared off in a matter of a month. After splitting the regular season series 1-1, McKinney Boyd and Plano West were set to play in the regional quarterfinal round for a chance to play in the semifinals this Friday at Sam Houston State University.
In very quick fashion, the Lady Broncos continued their hot streak and swept the Lady Wolves 3-0 at the Garland Event Center on Tuesday night. The scores of the match were 25-11, 26-24, and 25-12.
After the match, Boyd head coach Kelly Quinn was extremely pleased with the performance of her team.
“The ladies did great tonight,” said Quinn. “We played like we were ready. This is the most calm we’ve played and I’m sure it because our team has so much playoff experience. We didn’t need to go into panic mode. It was a ‘we’ve been here, let’s take care of what we need to take care of’ kind of mentality.”
The Lady Broncos will take on The Woodlands this Friday night at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. The Woodlands defeated Westwood 3-1 on Tuesday to advance to the regional semifinals. The match begins at 6 p.m.
In Boyd’s three-set match on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos spread their offense in order to maximize the space the Lady Wolves defense needed to cover. They were able to minimize mistakes and points against their defense, and all around played with a passion that fueled them into the next round of playoffs. The girls ran stacks and a combination of different sets that was aggressive enough to give the team a total of 36 kills, and when they couldn’t put the ball down their defense was there to back it up. The Lady Broncos ended the night with a total of 67 digs.
Although Quinn mentioned not everyone after the match, everyone had a part in this win tonight.
“Are you kidding? All of them did an amazing job tonight. Megan Mollett, Krista Bucovec, Kaley Seaber, all did fantastic. Those are just three stand outs off the top of my head but everyone did great.”
Megan Mollett stood out completely, racking up 16 kills and 14 digs in the match. She even had three and a half blocks (meaning she was involved in at least seven blocks in the match.) At one point in the second match when they needed a little push, Megan got two consecutive blocks followed by a kill.
Taking that momentum and running with it was Krista Bukovec, who ended the night with nine kills on the match. All the while the girls had their lebero Kaley Seaber backing them up, who finished with 16 digs on the night. She had quite a few great saves on different occasions, many of them resulting in a point for Boyd.
After sweeping the first two rounds of playoffs with relative ease, Quinn was proud of the way the girls came out and took care of business again against a very good Plano West squad.
“We played with intensity, and put pressure on them the entire match. It’s always nice to beat a district opponent, especially that quickly and soundly so I’m very proud of my girls and the way they played tonight. They are playing older than they are. They’re playing like a college team would.”