DORA— Facing elimination in a raucous Guy Luscombe Gymnasium, the Floyd Lady Broncos took a stand midway, scoring 15 of Game 4’s final 21 points.
The Lady Broncos dominated the Game 5 tiebreaker, and upset Dora in the District 3-1A semifinals 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 25-21 and 15-7.
The Floyd girls took a commanding 10-3 lead in Game 5 en route to the victory.
“We’re very happy and proud of them for coming back,” First-year Floyd head coach Shelley McConnel said. “They wanted to give up but they didn’t. They had to overcome these obstacles. The game of volleyball is a momentum game and they came back and they fought hard and they wanted it. I’m proud of them.”
“Once we get on a roll there’s no stopping us,” senior Jordan Terry said. “We got built up and there was no coming back (for Dora).”
Floyd senior outside hitter Kelsi Gray has seen many Floyd seasons end in Dora, which makes Thursday night’s win even sweeter.
“Every time we play here we get psyched out. It’s such a big gym. We didn’t want to psyche ourselves out. We knew we could do it,” Gray said. “In that fifth game we just pulled together as a team and just got it done.
“I knew we would pull through,” Floyd senior setter Hannah Benoit said. “It wasn’t going to be easy, but we did it.”
The Lady Coyotes took an early 6-1 Game 1 lead. Floyd fought back to take a 23-19 advantage and held on for the early win.
Dora dominated Game 2, building an early 14-3 lead. The Lady Coyotes held on in Game 2 to tie the match at one game apiece.
With Floyd leading the third game 19-18, the Lady Coyotes scored the final seven points, and eight of the last nine points to win Game 3 25-20 before Floyd’s Game 4 and Game 5 wins.
The Dora girls (14-7, 6-2 District 3-1A) had won 7-of-8 games before the district semifinals.
“We played hard, we played as hard as we could,” Dora coach Caleb King said. “We’ll learn from it and come back next year.”
“It is so hard mentally for anybody to come back (on the road),” McConnel said. “When you’re down two games you have to really take it just one point at a time, and we did that.”
The third-seeded Lady Broncos travel to Fort Sumner Saturday night to face the top-seeded Vixens for the District 3-1A championship.
“I’m proud of my girls for making it this far,” McConnel said. “They’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity, and they’ve played very well.”