Carroll fends off Arlington rallies to reach regional tournament

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Southlake Carroll rolled up another straight set win on the playoff road Monday night.

With each match, though, the battle gets tougher as the Dragons had to fend off five different rallies in a 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 Class 5A regional quarterfinal win over Arlington at Arlington Lamar High School.

Carroll (46-1) earned its second straight trip to the regional tournament and is looking for its first state tournament berth since 1998.

The Dragons, who have never won a state volleyball title, will face the winner of Hebron and Flower Mound in a regional semifinal Friday at a time to be determined at Glen Rose’s Tiger Arena.

“We knew their middles were good and we thought we might have a decent shot at getting some blocks on the right pin,” Carroll coach Arthur Stanfield said. “Their hitters on the left side, though, just abused us. I thought we were terrible on our right side block.”

Despite some success, what Arlington didn’t shake off were the 40 unforced errors on the night.

Those errors countered outside hitter Lauren Nicks, who recorded 18 kills, and middle blocker Emily Harvey’s nine to lead the Colts (39-9).

Southlake’s Timarie Nymeyer had 10 kills to lead her team, but the Dragons made only 14 errors for the match.

“That’s our strength really,” Nymeyer said. “We go into it with the mindset of just needing to do our job and if each one of us does that, the rest of it will take care of itself.”

Despite the steady approach by Carroll, Arlington wouldn’t go away quietly.

Down 5-0 in the third set, the Colts went on a 10-5 run to square things thanks to Nicks getting three kills and Jacqueline Vernor recording a block in that stretch.

Carroll, though won 16 points in the third set off errors.

“I wasn’t surprised that we rallied back like that,” Arlington coach Kim Spencer said. “It’s been our mantra all year not to give up. Without the errors, I thought we had a chance to keep it close.”

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