The L.D. Bell volleyball team has always had a good defense to anchor its developing young nucleus, but in its last two games, the Lady Raiders offense kept up its end of the bargain, too.
As a result of the Lady Raiders’ two latest wins over Richland and Haltom, Bell coach Vickie Griffin said her team is back.
“As crazy as it seems, we’re still in it,” Griffin said. “You’ve just got to keep plugging along.”
Bell (14-20, 2-4 in District 7-6A) got three-set wins over Haltom (25-22, 25-15, 25-13) and Richland (18-26, 25-19, 25-15) last week to get up off the mat after dropping its first four district matches. Their path back to .500 in district play will be a tough one with matches agaist Southlake Carroll and Trinity coming up, but anything can happen if the Lady Raider offense is as productive as it was against Richland.
Four Bell attackers had 10 or more kills apiece in the win over Richland. Allison Barton and Sidra Triplett combined for 23 kills, and Shawna Glick tallied a double-double with 25 digs and 10 kills in the win.
Sydney Williams led Bell with a season-high 16 kills, while libero Bellla Burns added 24 digs. Williams had 10 more kills in the win against Haltom as well.
Trinity (23-11, 3-3), split its last two matches, getting swept by Coppell (11-25, 21-25, 15-25) before doing the same to Haltom (25-13, 25-13, 25-13) to keep its 7-6A record even. The Lady Trojans are occupying fourth place in the district chase as all district competitors have now seen every one of its foes at least once.
Junior setter Margaret Dean nearly notched a triple-double in the win over Haltom. She led the Lady Trojans with 23 assists and 11 kills, and also came up with eight digs on defense.
The second time through the gauntlet includes another matchup with both Southlake Carroll and Coppell for Trinity, and Bell for that matter. But before that, Trinity has an open date Tuesday and will travel down the road to Hurst on Friday for the year’s second rivalry match with Bell.
Trinity beat Bell (29-27, 22-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-9) at home last month in five sets and swept the Lady Raiders in two matches last season. The rematch is crucial to both squads, as Bell looks to climb into playoff contention at Trinity’s expense, and Trinity looks to keep hold on the final playoff spot in the district.