McKinney Boyd dropped an intense five-set battle Tuesday night, falling to Allen 25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 23-25, 11-15 at McKinney Boyd in a pivotal District 10-5A matchup.
Boyd head coach Kelly Arbabi said she was proud that her squad never gave up and continued to fight, but her team’s streaky play wasn’t enough to overcome a strong Allen team.
Boyd led the match 2-0, but Allen came out strong in the third set, leading Boyd 17-6.
Boyd was able to respond, getting as close as 24-16, but Allen was able to finish the set, and take control of the match.
Arbabi said, at times, playing with the lead is tough sledding, which is a skill her Broncos need to work on.
“Being able to finish is a skill we need to develop, obviously,” Arbabi said.
The match was marred by officiating issues during several key parts of the match, with Arbabi saying there were several “questionable calls.”
Arbabi called one of the calls, in which the officials ruled a Boyd kill as an error, “unfortunate,” and a key call in the match came in the fifth set, when officials reversed a ruling on the court, taking a point away from Boyd and giving it to Allen.
Arbabi said she told her squad to keep playing because the calls were going both ways.
Boyd stormed out the locker room, defeating Allen 25-21 and 25-15 in the first two sets. Boyd’s slow start in the third set was its eventual downfall, dropping the third set 25-18. Allen would go on to win a tight fourth set 25-23, before winning the fifth set 15-11.
Ashleigh Martin led the squad offensively, tallying 27 of the team’s 71 kills Tuesday. Katelyn Bryant totaled three of the team’s eight aces. Montana Watts led the way defensively, totaling 49 of the team’s 133 digs.
Even with the loss Tuesday night, Boyd is sitting in a strong position heading into postseason play. Boyd now sits at 20-9 overall – 4-4 in 10-5A play – good for third-place in the district. The Broncos sit ahead of McKinney High School, who sits in the fourth and final playoff spot in 10-5A.
Boyd will finish the regular season with a trip to take on Plano East and then host cross-town rival MHS, in what Arbabi said is shaping up to be “a crazy game.”
Boyd and Plano East is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday.