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Volleyball: Paris beats Lavaca in straight sets

LAVACA — Paris took a big step in a bid to make the 3A State Tournament with a straight-set win over Lavaca on Thursday.

While it looked like it might be a long, close match after Paris squeezed out a 25-21 win in the first game, the Lady Eagles managed to finish off the Lady Golden Arrows in three games.

“The last two years when we came here we got down 0-2 and had to win three straight games to get out of here,” Paris coach Wes Davis said. “I told the girls, ‘We’re going to be in for a long night, so be ready.’”

Morgan Highfield had 12 kills, Daisy Mitchell 10 kills and Kyra Austin had seven kills for Paris.

“That is about as balanced as we have been in a while,” Davis said. “It’s good to see that.”

Paris (8-7, 3-1 3A-West) has had its ups and down this year, but turned in one of its better performances.

“We have been trying some different things, some different combinations,” Davis said. “We have taken Shenny Martinez and moved her from outside hitter to libero and she has done a good job giving us some leadership and stability with some good passing and defense.”

Paris will play at Mansfield on Tuesday.

Lavaca (3-9, 1-3) was led by Erica Schuster with four kills and three aces. Cheyenne Crawford with four kills and a block and Bailey Stoll had five kills and two blocks.

“I thought we came out with a lot of enthusiasm in that first game and played well,” Lavaca coach Katy Prater said. “That was something we had not done the last few games. So that was good to see. I think we are getting better every time out so hopefully before long we are going to win a few of these.”

The first game was close throughout with several long rallies.

Highfield put down a big kill to give Paris a 20-16 lead, but Lavaca answered with a run to close it 20-19. A tipped ball from Highfield and a kill from Austin gave the advantage back to Paris and a Lavaca error at game point gave Paris the win.

Mitchell made back-to-back kills in the second game to give Paris a 21-13 lead on the way to a a 25-18 win.

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