On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, the Dumas Demonettes traveled to Stinnett to face off with the Lady Harvesters of Pampa to determine first place.
Recently, the varsity Demonettes defeated Pampa at Dumas High School on Oct. 29 and won 3-1 in that contest. In Stinnett, Dumas was the home team, while Pampa was the visiting team.
The battle on Saturday started off in a way that would seem the Demonettes would take the sweep of Pampa for the district title. The result did not go the way as anticipated.
The Demonettes started with the first set with a lead, but Pampa came to play as the quickly tied it at nine. The Demonettes had a small lead, however, the Lady Harvesters kept the set close. It was an exciting set up to the end as the Demonettes got the win 25-22.
In the second set, things went pretty much the same as each team kept the score tight, but Dumas pulled ahead and led 10-12 at one point. Pampa kept inching their way back, but Dumas was able to get the win with a 25-22 score.
The Demonettes looked sharp as they began the third set. They scored first and took a 5-0 lead before Pampa scored. The Demonettes were able to tack on some more points with power hitting, making the Lady Harvesters miss on their counter-attacks. The set came to another thrilling conclusion as Pampa fought back and the Demonettes fell 24-26.
The fourth set saw the Lady Harvesters come out fighting as they scored first and took a 3-0 lead. Through the first part of the game, Dumas was down until they tied it at nine. It was there the Demonettes climbed their way from the deficit, but ultimately dropped the set 21-25, forcing a fifth set.
The final set was as thrilling as the others as each team attacked the ball for a kill or a miss by the other team. After being down early in the set, the Demonettes fought their way back and took the match by a final set score of 15-13.
Stat leaders for the Demonettes:
Kills: Abree Elsheimer –16, Niki Kent – 12
Assists: Sydnee Wackler – 22, Francine Hernandez –18
Aces: Aneesa Elizondo – 4, Sydnee Wackler – 4
Digs: Jadan Price – 34, Sydnee Wackler – 18
Blocks: Brenley Rodriguez – 7, Niki Kent – 3
The Demonettes take the District title and will now play Lamesa on Monday, Nov. 4, in Plainview at 7 p.m. in the Bi-District round.