Tuesday , 24 April 2018

Volleyball Spotlight: Boyd Ends Skid; Defeats Plano East in 4 Sets

The McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos were able to stop their two-game losing streak Tuesday night, defeating Plano East in four sets (16-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-21) at McKinney Boyd High School.

The win gets Boyd back to .500 in 10-5A play, evening their district record to 2-2. Boyd’s overall record is 22-8.

“We needed that,” Boyd coach Kelly Arbabi said following her squads victory.


Boyd had been reeling from two straight loses – one in five sets to Plano Senior and then in three sets to Allen High School.

Arbabi said Tuesday’s victory was a big step for her players to get some confidence back after admitting there was some “self-doubt” within the team.

She said her squad is coming back, though, believing in each other and the talents they poses. Arbabi said the team “simply wasn’t executing during two-game losing streak, especially on the offensive side.”

Her squad reversed that trend Tuesday night, compiling 65 kills on the night and racking up a hitting percentage of 22 percent.

Junior outside hitter Ashleigh Martin and junior right side hitter Meagan Elkins dominated the net with 20 and 14 kills respectively. The senior setters Parker Shepherd and Tori Turck earned 30 and 21 assists.

Boyd was also strong defensively, and were led by sophomore Montana Watts and her 58 digs. Boyd totaled 128 digs on the night.

East, who is winless in 10-5A play, came out and took the fight to Boyd, winning the first set 16-25, taking advantage of missed opportunities by Boyd on the offensive side.

Boyd would right the ship, winning set two with ease, 25-11, and separating themselves from East in the third set 25-18.

The fourth and final set was tight contest throughout, and East even held a one-point lead over Boyd at 19-20.

The Lady Broncos would rally and outscore the Lady Panthers 6-1 to win the set and match. Toward the end of the fourth set, Jill Duffin left the game after suffering an apparent head injury after diving for a ball. She did not return.

Moving toward the final stretch of the schedule, Arbabi said her squad needs to execute, and pinpointed hitting percentage and kills as the two main aspects moving forward. She said hitting percentage is the biggest determining factor, noting if her squad the hits the ball well and acquires at least 15 kills per set, the wins will take care of themselves.

The Lady Broncs will take on their crosstown rivals, McKinney High, at McKinney Boyd Friday night at 6 p.m.

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