DECATUR -- Two longtime rivals met on a court Sept. 7 for an epic battle of the sport known as volleyball. The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders traveled over the mountains of Northwest Arkansas to take on the Decatur Lady Bulldogs at the Decatur Middle School gym. It was a noble fight between two rising volleyball powers which ended in a tiebreaker set. Who claimed the victory?
Decatur managed to start the contest with the lead during the early stages of the first set. But an equally strong Eureka Springs team stayed close, eventually taking the lead. From that point, the lead changed hands several times before Eureka Springs managed to put four straight points past the Lady Bulldogs to take the first set, 25-21.
As quickly as the Lady Highlanders gained the advantage in the first set, it was gone and the Lady Bulldogs took the second set, 25-8. This would be the last time the Lady Bulldogs gained an overwhelming advantage over the Lady Highlanders.
In sets three and four, both teams played equally well, with the Lady Highlanders taking set three, 25-23, and Decatur taking set four, 25-22.
The match came down to the tie-breaking set. Instead of the set played to 25, the tiebreaker is played to 15. It was very close but, in the end, it was the Eureka Springs taking the set, 15-11, and the match, three sets to two, over the Decatur Bulldogs.
The junior high volleyball team continued its winning streak by defeating Eureka Springs junior high, 25-17, 25-13. With this win, the Decatur junior high Lady Bulldogs have won three straight matches.
On Thursday night, both Decatur Lady Bulldog teams traveled to Bentonville to take on the Thaden Lady Barnstormers in a three-match series. Both the junior high A and B teams claimed the victory for the fourth straight win for the junior high A and the first win for the junior high B.
It would be the Lady Barnstormers that picked up the victory, defeating the Lady Bulldogs.
The Decatur Lady Bulldog junior high and varsity teams return to the gym at Decatur Middle School on Sept.14 to take on Fayetteville New School. Both teams will be on the road Sept. 14 to take on the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy in Rogers. Both Decatur teams will travel south to take on last year's conference champions Lavaca Lady Golden Arrows. All three matches begin at 4:30 p.m. with the junior high contest.