MILDRED — Mildred’s Lady Eagles needed this one — needed it for all the right reasons both on and off the court.
And sure enough the kids from Mildred stepped up and played better than at any time this season.
“This was our best match we’ve played all year,” Mildred coach Lawayne Siegert said.
Mildred didn’t just beat Palmer in a critical district match, the Lady Eagles made a statement with a sweep — 25-19, 25-21, 25-17 — over Palmer.
It couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Lady Eagles, who lost to Palmer in four sets when the two teams met earlier, finished the first half of district play with a victory over Blooming Grove and a 3-4 record in a tight race.
They knew they would need to turn it on in the second half if they had any hopes of reaching the playoffs again, and went out there Tuesday night and made their point.
The victory gives Mildred a 4-4 record in district and 19-14 for the season. None was bigger than Tuesday’s win, which Siegert hopes will ignite his team for the stretch run.
Mildred has six matches left, beginning Friday when the Lady Eagles host Eustace in another key District 18-3A match.
The Lady Eagles were strong up front Tuesday.
“The middle hitter combination of Lilly Hanna and Amy Adamson tallied 12 and nine kills, respectively with Adamson throwing in five aces and Hanna contributing with four blocks,” Siegert said.
While Hanna and Adamson were hammering home their point, Abby Huitt and Kenli Dalton were making sure the big hitters had shots to kill.
Huitt handed out 15 assists and Dalton set up 13.
Nikki Turner led the defense with 11 digs and the Lady Eagles soared as a team to put Palmer away.
“The girls played their best match of the year they’ve played all season, putting offense, defense and timely serves into play,” Siegert said.