And did it ever.
Boyd defeated two-time defending state champion Coppell in an intense five-set thriller (23-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-16, 15-10) at McKinney Boyd.
“Anytime you can beat the two-time defending state champions that’s a good day,” Boyd head coach Kelly Arbabi said.
Arbabi said Tuesday’s victory was a “huge win” for a program that was a 5A state semi-finalist in 2012. This is not the first time a McKinney school has given Coppell trouble, as McKinney High took the Cowgirls to five sets last week.
Arbabi said she was proud of how her girls were able to continue to compete and work through mistakes, especially in the fifth set.
The defense led the way for Boyd as the Lady Broncos compiled 135 digs on the night. Sophomore Montana Watts led Boyd with 44 digs.
“It’s good to see practice is translating into games,” she said, noting the team has worked on their offensive production during practice.
Junior Ashleigh Martin and senior Lauren Petrisin combined for 44 of the team’s 72 kills.
The match was an intense, back and forth affair in front a boisterous home crowd and student section.
Despite the home-town support, Coppell took the first set 25-23 and jumped out to a 14-7 lead to begin the second set.
Boyd, however, rebounded from a slow start, going on a 22-8 run to win the set 26-24.
Both Coppell and Boyd played strong defense, with each team able to return the others offensive attack. But at times the Lady Broncos missed opportunities offensively — missed shots and over hitting attacks — costing them early sets.
Coppell would take set three 25-19, but Boyd battled in the fourth set to force the fifth set by the score of 25-16.
The Lady Broncos jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in the fifth set, but Coppell would battle back, closing the gap to 12-9. The Lady Broncos would eventually close out the defending state champs 15-10.
Boyd (24-5) will return to the court Sep. 24 when it travels to take on Rockwall Heath, and then begins division play Sep. 27 when they take on Plano West.
Photos in Image Gallery at top by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson; photos embedded in story by Jennifer Santos