Arlington Martin overcomes sloppy start to sweep Keller Central

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Arlington Martin volleyball coach Tracy Perez-Peterson admitted her team played sloppy in a bi-district sweep of Keller Central on Tuesday night.

But the Warriors forced 30 errors in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-21 victory at Grapevine High School.

The win sends Martin (35-11) to the area round and a matchup with Amarillo Tascosa at 6 p.m. Friday at Childress High.

“Fortunately they had more errors than we did,” Perez-Peterson said. “We played all right, but I felt like we were missing something tonight. Maybe it was playoff jitters or something.”

Usually a consistent offensive team, Martin spread the points around to eight scorers.

Alexis Wright stepped up to lead the way with 11 kills and a block. Bridgett Jebsen and Eden Hilbert each had seven kills.

Central (22-17) just couldn’t get past the errors. Middle blocker Briana Dorsey, a first team Star-Telegram Super Team player from a year ago, was stifled at the net with only six kills in the first two sets.

She finished with a flourish, adding seven more in the final set to keep the Chargers in it.

But the damage was already done early by a strong Martin blocking game and libero Molly Garbo.

Garbo had six digs on the night after moving to the position earlier this season. She was a setter last season, but said she plays where she’s needed.

“It hasn’t been all that much of a change because I’ve played the back row a lot,” she said. “A lot of teams do different things, but our goal in our system is to get the ball where the setter doesn’t have to move a lot.”

Garbo helped out during a stretch in the third set when Dorsey started to turn Central’s offense on.

She hammered home three kills where the Chargers built a 15-12 and looked like they might make a match of it.

But Garbo had a key dig and pass in helping Olivia Viscuso find a shot down the middle and rally Martin back to a 15-15 tie.

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