Volleyball takes first with win over Rider

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Photo by: Chandler Elsbecker

Junior Kenzie Dozer spikes the ball past two Rider players during Denton's 3-2 win over the visiting Raiders

Tuesday night, the Varsity Volleyball team, played out all five sets, beating Wichita Falls Rider 3-2 to remain undefeated and earn the first place rank in district play.

They started strong, winning the first two 25-21 and 25-22. In the second set, senior setter Hannah Altman suffered an ankle injury, causing her to leave for the rest of the game.

Rider took the lead in the third set, and scored extra points to win the fourth, 30-28, sending the teams into the fifth and final set.

“Our confidence levels were pretty shaken after Hannah had gotten hurt in the second game but we knew we had to play on and do it for her,” head coach Danielle Kading said. “I pulled them to the back corner of the gym, and it was my job to get those confidence levels back up so we could go win this game.”

The fifth set looked dim at 14-10, with Rider needing one more point for the win. The Lady Broncos scored four points in a row, tying the game 14 all, and causing Rider to call timeout and giving the team a chance to refocus.

“I was telling them how last year we were down 12-2 and we came back and won,” Altman said. “This shouldn’t be any different, we should still give the same fight we gave last year.”

It makes us feel confident in that we can do what the other teams didn’t think we could do,”

— Junior Emily Curtis

The final set ended 17-15, with Denton High School taking first place in the district.

“Emily Curtis always puts her heart and soul and body into this game. Our blocking was a little bit off so she has to work even harder to earn the ups for her team, and she sacrificed herself all night,” Kading said.

Curtis, a junior, dominated on both offense and defense helping lead her team to victory.

“For us, it means we are one step closer to state, it makes us feel confident in that we can do what the other teams didn’t think we could do,” junior Keera Heal said.

Looking forward, Altman’s ankle is not fractured, and she hopes to return when the varsity team plays Boswell at 5:30 p.m., Friday at home.

Both Junior Varsity and Freshman teams played Rider as well. Junior Varsity lost in three sets 2-1, while Freshman A team won 3-0 and the Freshman B team lost 2-1. Freshmen A team remains undefeated.