GRAPEVINE — 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 couldnt 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 shes needed.
It hasnt been all that much of a change because Ive 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 doesnt have to move a lot.
Garbo helped out during a stretch in the third set when Dorsey started to turn Centrals 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.
Special to the Star-Telegram
Kellers Central's Alexis Emanuel, left, tries to block Martin’s Olivia Viscuso during Tuesday’s match.
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