The Sanford-Fritch Lady Eagles wanted it. They wanted a bi-district playoff win against Littlefield in Canyon on Monday night. And they got it. They fought hard for every point, had numerous comebacks, and came out victorious. They won in four sets: 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, and 25-22.
Mikala Setliff started it off for the Lady Eagles with the first kill of the game. The first set was close throughout, and a Christa White ace tied it up at 5. After a J'Lee Judd kill, Fritch was up by two. There were many lead changes in the first set, but Littlefield would pull ahead after a couple of hits out of bounds on the Lady Eagles. They found themselves down 20-11 but they didn't give it up. Littlefield had scored 9 straight points before Setliff broke serve with a nice kill. Judd tipped it over the net to make it 20-14. Judd then killed it to bring Fritch within two. Despite fighting their way back in it, the Lady Eagles drop the first set, 21-25.
It was apparent in the second set that the Lady Eagles don't like to lose. A Blakely Meek kill started off the scoring for Fritch. The set was tied at 5 and then 7. The Lady Eagles seemed to have a little trouble getting it over the net on a couple of serves, but they stayed in it. They were masters at tipping it over the net for points, as tips from Setliff and Meek put the Lady Eagles ahead 15-13. Fritch then fell behind 17-15 because of hitting errors. A Krissi Burgin kill put the score at 21-20 in favor of Littlefield. Fritch tied it at 22, and three errors on Littlefield and great defensive play from White gave the ladies set two, 25-23.
Meek went to work for the Lady Eagles to start set three. She killed it, she tipped it, and Fritch was up 4-0 quickly. They let Littlefield back in it, however, and found themselves down by five. The score was 21-15 when Littlefield committed two errors, and Courtney Ingersoll had a monster block to make it 21-18. Ingersoll had another kill to bring the ladies within two, and Littlefield committed another error to tie it up at 22. Someone lit a fire on Setliff, as she went to work for the Lady Eagles. She had two tips over the net, a dig, and a block to tie it up at 24. She tipped it over again to tie it at 25. The Lady Eagles were fired up. After an error on Littlefield, Burgin smashes it for the set-winning point. Set three goes to Fritch, 27-25 in a battle to the finish.
Set four started out with a Setliff kill and a Meek tip. They started to look a little frazzled, though, as they went down 10-3. If you've seen these Lady Eagles play, they are never out of it. They went on an 8-2 run, led by a couple of Meek kills and great defensive plays from Tomi Ann Salas, White, Bailee King, and Setliff who kept the ball alive in some very long volleys. Burgin had an ace to tie it at 12, and a tip from Meek put Fritch up by one. The Lady Eagles found themselves down again, this time by four. Meek and Ingersoll had kills, and Littlefield hit it out twice to tie it up again at 18. Meek had another tip, and Ingersoll another kill to put them up 22-20, and they wouldn't look back. Burgin had the winning point for the Lady Eagles as they win set four and the match, 25-22.
White led the team in digs with 46, while Setliff had 32. There were many long volleys in this match, and these two kept the ball alive many times. Meek finished with 19 kills, and Setliff had 9. White had 12 assists, and Judd finished with 8. White and Burgin each had one ace. Setliff and Ingersoll each had two blocks at the net. Overall record is 11-17.
Sanford-Fritch will play the winner of the Bushland and Lamesa area game. Fritch earns a bye in area because there is no district 3. Regional quarterfinals is next for the Lady Eagles, and we will update with those dates and times when they are made available.
Congrats to the Lady Eagles and Coach Snider on a hard-fought victory!