Duo powers Arlington to volleyball win over Lamar

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Over the last three seasons, Arlington had shut out Arlington Lamar once in district play in volleyball.

Tuesday night, behind the dominance of Jacqueline Vernor and emergence of hitter Lauren Nicks, the Colts beat the Vikings in straight sets 25-12, 25-17, 25-21.

Vernor led Arlington (23-8, 2-0 District 3-5A) with 16 kills, while Nicks converted nearly every chance at the net to record 11 kills and three aces.

“A lot of people think short people can’t play the hitting position, and let’s face it, I’m not going to hit over anyone,” Nicks said. “I’ve got to work to hit around people and work to hit it toward an area where the defense will not be.”

That strategy worked well Tuesday, forcing Lamar (12-18, 1-1) to 22 unforced errors over the match and making the Vikings scramble on defense.

Nicks converted on plays and mixed in shots from the back row to give Arlington a balanced offense.

“We did things tonight that are totally unlike how we play volleyball,” Lamar coach Kate Wood said. “You saw us get better as the game went on, but we were flat tonight for whatever reason.”

Vernor knocked down eight kills and an ace in Game 1. She helped end a Lamar rally in the third game.

Lamar had Arlington tied at 13-13 before Vernor and Nicks combined for five kills in a stretch that saw Arlington lead by as many as five points.

Lamar rallied late to cut Arlington’s lead to 22-20.

“That’s the kind of team they’ve always been,” Arlington coach Kim Spencer said. “They are well coached and they try throughout the game to find weak spots. I felt like we played a complete game tonight.”

Amber Buechele led the Vikings with eight kills.

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