TEXARKANA, Texas — It didn't take long to go from warm to hot.
After a bit of an auspicious start, Pleasant Grove swept DeKalb, 25-19, 25-12, 25-10, in a varsity volleyball match on Tuesday at Hawk Gym.
"I told the girls that we can't go out with any team and not show up," Lady Hawks head coach Amy Collvins. "During the first eight points, seven of them resulted from our errors. My philosophy is that we earn our points. We also don't want to give free ones away. We've been trying to clean things up for the last two weeks and hopefully, we get better. I thought our communication was really good."
The Lady Bears got off to a 6-0 start in the first set before the Lady Hawks regrouped.
Bre Jones smacked in 11 straight service points to give the Hawks a 20-5 lead in the third set. During her service, DeKalb had seven hitting errors. Jones also fired in an ace.
The Bears never recovered, and Pleasant Grove closed out the match.
Pleasant Grove built a five point lead in the second set after it was tied at 1 and 3-all early. Katie Ferguson served in four straight to put the Hawks on top, 10-5. During the service, Alley Grace Harjo put down a kill, Sarah Hale tipped in a point for a winner, and DeKalb had a pair of unforced errors.
The Hawks went on three different runs of four straight and never surrendered the lead in the second set.
DeKalb got off to a hot start in the first set as they rattled off six straight to take a 6-0 lead, behind the serving of Evette Martinez.
Lexi Snyder served in six points for Pleasant Grove later in the set, which led to a 13-11 lead. During her service, Snyder fired in an ace and caused a serve-receive error.
Ella Nichols took the serve for the Hawks and served in six consecutive to pad PG's lead, 20-12.
DeKalb tried to sneak back into the set, but a Bears' hitting error ended the set.
Pleasant Grove committed 11 unforced errors in the first set, while DeKalb had 15. The Hawks finished the match with 27 errors, while the Bears had 45.
MacKenzie Williams fired in 14 service points as Pleasant Grove swept DeKalb in the junior varsity match, 25-16, 25-22. Hailey Forte paced the Bears with four service points.
Ferguson made 15 assists, Cobb put down six kills, Nichols had six digs, and Jones served in 11 points for the Hawks.
Martinez led the serving for DeKalb with 13 points
Taylor Cole slapped in 11 service points to lead the Hawks' ninth grade to a 25-11, 22-25, 25-12, victory over the Bears. Emaleigh Barsz served in six points for DeKalb.
Pleasant Grove plays at Carthage on Friday.