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North Lamar Looks Impressive in Regional Quarterfinal Win Against Emory Rains

VolleyballGreg Higgins
(Photo by Beverly White) McKenzie Mitchell (12) with a block against Emory Rains while Bailee Nickerson (10) watches. 

(Photo by Beverly White) McKenzie Mitchell (12) with a block against Emory Rains while Bailee Nickerson (10) watches. 

Even though Emory Rains came in as the fourth ranked team in the State of Texas, North Lamar took care of business in three straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) to advance to the regional tournament. North Lamar

The first set was as back-and-forth as a set can get. Emory Rains started out with the early advantage. They would take a three point lead and North Lamar would come charging back. This went on for most of the match. That was until McKenzie Mitchell came alive for the Pantherettes.

"She was just in beast mode tonight at the net." - Coach Ken Sims talking about Mitchell.

Her athleticism on the defensive side of the ball fueled the Pantherette rally in the first set as they won 25-22. North Lamar continued the dominance in the second and third set as the seniors took over. Bailey Foy, Karlie Ewell and Bailee Nickerson took over at the net with hits and blocks.

Haley Porter and Natalie Allen took charge of the back line, the setting and the hustle plays. It was a team win and because of that, they are playing in the Regional Tournament.

Foy led the team with 16 kills. She also had 15 blocks. Nickerson finished with 14 kills and an impressive 19 digs. Ewell had 13 kills and 16 digs.

Mitchell finished with four kills and 12 blocks while Porter had 21 assists for North Lamar. Allen was 13/13 from the service line and had six digs as well.

North Lamar will now face the defending state champion Argyle Lady Eagles on Friday night at 8:00 pm at Poteet High School in Mesquite.

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(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen (20) diving for the ball as Haley Porter watches. 

(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen (20) diving for the ball as Haley Porter watches. 

North Lamar is 14-0 since Sept. 13th when they lost to Melissa. During that stretch, they have only lost one set which came against Pleasant Grove in Pleasant Grove.

North Lamar and Argyle are no strangers when it comes to playoffs. Three years ago, Argyle defeated North Lamar in baseball in the regional finals with a trip to state on the line. Last spring, Argyle once again defeated North Lamar. This time, though, it was in the regional semi-finals.

Two years ago, Argyle edged out North Lamar in band competition to take the State Championship, leaving North Lamar with second place. Earlier this week, it was North Lamar walking away with the State Championship in band as Argyle took second place.

If you can't make the game, it will be broadcast on 101.9 KBUS with Greg Higgins providing the play-by-play.

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