Facing one of the biggest challenges of the season — and there have been plenty thus far — the No. 4-ranked Central Heights Lady Blue Devils went on the road Tuesday night to square off with the No. 9-ranked Diboll Lady Jacks in the first meeting between the two District 21-3A powerhouses.
The matchup was all that the large, noisy, partisan crowd thought it would be, as the Lady Jacks overcame Central Heights for a set one win, 25-22, but it was all Lady Devils after that, as they reeled off three straight victories, 25-21, 25-10, 25-21, for a 3-1 victory.
The win improved Central Heights to 34-6 on the season, but more importantly, kept the Lady Blue Devils unbeaten in district play with a spotless 5-0 mark. The Lady Jacks dropped to 29-8 on the year, suffering their first league loss as they dipped to 4-1 in district. The teams will meet again in the second round of district play at Central Heights.
“Diboll has a very good team and they had several strong offensive weapons — not just one,” said Central Heights head coach Logan Smoak. “Kudos to (the Lady Jacks). They played really well and they had a big crowd behind them. It was a great challenge and I was proud of the way our team came out and took control of the game when they had to.”
Chloe Cook led a strong Lady Devil effort, as she produced 20 kills, five blocks, 15 assists and 11 digs in the contest.
Britton Arrant added nine kills, nine digs and five blocks, while Lainee Clement posted six kills.
In addition, Emily Petty was on her game, finishing with 22 assists. Taylor Chambers and Grace Haley each finished with eight digs.
“I was so proud of our girls as they came back strong and by the third set [CHHS won 25-10] and were really in a groove and playing our game,” Smoak said. “We changed the lineup up a little after the first set and the girls came together and were able to finish them off.”
The Lady Devils will now enjoy an open date on Friday.