There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Savoy volleyball was heading in the right direction. If memory serves correctly, the 2002 and 2003 teams reached the regional finals.
Those days are long gone as the Lady Bulldogs proved Tuesday night in Howe, sweeping the Lady Cardinals, 3-0.
Savoy provided little resistance in the first two sets, losing 25-8 and 25-7.
Morgan Carney was on fire early, knocking in a pair of kills and sending in an ace to get the Lady Bulldogs off to a hot start.
After a service winner by Christina Counts gave Howe a 21-7 lead in the first set, a kill by Carney and a Riley Harvey ace closed out the set.
It was more of the same in the second set as Howe never let up.
Tiffany Lallier banged home a pair of winners midway through the game, and the set ended as Hailey DeFrange sent a hard shot to the back line to close out the 25-7 win.
After getting off to another hot start in the third, mostly behind the play of Carney, Howe made a run. Leading 13-8, Carney sent in three service winners and a kill by Harvey bumped the Howe lead to 18-9.
The Lady Cardinals took advantage of Howe errors and notched a couple of winners to edge closer, closing the gap to 19-15.
Aurian James sent in a shot from her libero position to stop the Lady Cardinal run.
Another Carney kill gave Howe a 23-17 lead and two straight Savoy errors ended the match.
After the early ending, we ventured over to the football practice area to catch some action and going home we got behind the Savoy bus. Missing two turns in Howe, the Lady Cardinals are definitely headed in the wrong direction.
Van Alstyne Takes it to Whitewright
The Lady Panthers enjoyed a successful road trip to Whitewright on Tuesday night, beating the Lady Tigers 3-1 in a non-district match.
After dropping the first set, Van Alstyne rebounded to blast Whitewright 25-12,25-13 and 25-16.
The Lady Panthers will host a red-hot Pottsboro team Friday night, with a varsity start scheduled for 4:30 p.m.