SALADO — Salado held an early lead for the first half of Set 1, but the Lady Ducks soared to a three-set win after knotting the score at 11.
“We pretty much took all of the tips and the role shots and the dumps, and all the easy balls and said, ‘We’re going to take these easy balls and we’re going to convert them to offense,’” said Taylor coach Eric Soto. “‘We’ll let them get the big kills. ... But we’re going to take all the easy balls.’”
Taylor defeated Salado, 25-19, 25-17, 25-14. The Lady Eagles fell to 5-10 on the season. Taylor rose to 7-12.
Kallye Marek had one-third of Taylor’s season-high 30 kills with 10.
In the first set, the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 10-5 lead after six Lady Ducks errors, but never recovered their advantage.
Taylor flew on a 12-1 run, which started on a Salado service error and ended on a push by Jaylee Sebek.
Taylor attack and service errors, along with a kill from Sydney Wright, kept the set alive, which ended on a Salado service error.
Although a Taylor service error and kill by Lady Eagle Sheyenne Hicks tied the second set at 1-1 and 2-2, the Eagles went on an 8-3 run. In direct contrast to the first set, the Lady Ducks surged to a 10-5 lead.
The Lady Eagles sailed on a 6-3 run after kills from Mallory Schattle and Sydney Wright, but the Lady Ducks’ 14-kill set was too much to handle. Taylor followed up with a 5-1 run.
Sebek’s, Schattle’s and Cheyenne Vaca’s subsequent kills weren’t enough to overcome the Lady Eagles’ 18-12 deficit.
The Lady Ducks won the first six matches of the third set, behind an ace by Alexis Burnett and kills by Marek and Chastity Hatch.
Salado blazed its way back to 6-5 after Taylor errors, a Sebek kill and a Meagan Hill ace.
Hicks and Kayli Beck added kills, and Hill added an ace for the Lady Eagles, while Taylor closed the match on a 16-7 run.
“We had a lineup change in practice yesterday, after I had looked at some stats and some video,” Soto said. “When we got back to the service line, we were able to attack a little bit more. ... We really did a good job of swinging.”