The All Saints Episcopal volleyball team forced Denver City to go the distance for the first time in the Fillies’ season. Coach Megan David’s squad was undaunted by the challenge.
Denver City, the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s 18th-ranked Class 4A club, responded to the adversity to defeat the Lady Patriots 23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 20-25, 15-8 on Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal School.
“I’m really glad how we pushed through,” said the Fillies’ Macey Jordan, who helped lead the charge with 15 kills. “We were always behind, so we were able to pull each other up and out of that hole and came out on top. I’m really proud of how we worked tonight.”
Denver City’s Holly Hemmeline had a game-high 19 kills in the extended contest. All Saints’ Tatum Harper recorded 11 kills and 26 digs, while teammate Sara Phy notched 30 assists.
Jordan tied the fifth set with a kill, tipped the ball over the net for a point and slammed another kill down to give her team a 4-2 advantage. The TAPPS Class 2A No. 3 ranked Lady Patriots (19-9) struggled to cut the deficit as the final frame continued, ultimately falling in Game 5.
“I think these two teams bring out the best in each other, and worst really,” David said. They served tough and we had trouble passing. It was just good to just see our kids compete. It was a good win.”
All Saints looked after winning the first set 25-23, but the Fillies (19-9) fought their way back into the contest in Game 2. Thanks in part to extended rallies and hustling to the ball, the Fillies caught up to the Lady Patriots late in the second set and Denver City’s Lexy Ivy tied the set 21-21 with a kill.
“We really have been focusing on defense and not giving up on balls,” David said. “We’re quick, but we don’t always anticipate where the ball is going to go and they did a good job of doing that today.”
Hemmeline led a 4-1 run with back-to-back points — tipping the ball over the net — and the Fillies won the second set 25-22. The victory fueled a 25-17 third set win for Denver City and put it in good position to win the match.
“We have really been working on defense in practice, and it is definitely paying off,” Jordan said. “I’m proud of my teammates. We are all working really hard.”
All Saints didn’t make the win easy, winning the fourth set and forcing Game 5.
“The five sets show us that we can go that long and still come out on top,” Jordan said. “We always end up doing that sometime in the year, and it’s good to do it before playoffs.”
The Lady Patriots faces Midland Trinity at 6 p.m. Friday on the road. The Fillies host Littlefield at 11 a.m. on Saturday.