IRVING — Middle blocker Anna Walsh said her Colleyville Heritage team was jittery entering their bi-district matchup with Flower Mound Marcus on Monday night.
After both teams played back-and-forth to a 12-12 tie in the first set, Walsh sparked the Panthers into the area round with a 25-18, 25-8, 25-14 victory.
Heritage (33-6) will face the winner of Mansfield Timberview and Belton on Thursday or Friday in the next round.
“On the bus ride over here we were nervous and it showed in that first set,” Walsh said. “But we just needed a good side-out run to get things going.”
Walsh had three kills and one block in a 13-6 stretch to close out the first game.
That effort helped kick-start the senior to 17 kills and five blocks.
Heritage thundered away quickly in the second set, with Maddie Jones and Alex Janak complementing Walsh.
Janak’s soft set over the net earned one point and Jones had three kills and an ace to send the Panthers to a 14-4 lead.
“I wasn’t sure if we were ready to play, but they woke up and started to get it rolling,” coach Jamie Siegel said.
“The biggest thing we’ve improved on and what’s helping us is the communication. They’re talking to each other and executing.”
Marcus (18-25) got five kills from Brittany Flanagan and three from Claire Kovacevich, but 17 unforced errors were too much to overcome.
It didn’t help that Walsh and Heritage outside hitters Jones and Chandler Templin found the open areas on the floor with ease.
In one sequence, Walsh placed a shot in the back right corner of the court after Marcus players crashed the net.
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