Duncan Volleyball team

Duncan Volleyball team meet in the middle after introductions in the season opener against El Reno with the Lady Demons volleyball team sweeping El Reno Thursday evening.

Winning their opener of the season against El Reno, the Duncan Demons Lady Volleyball team made sure twice wass nice as they beat El Reno again Thursday night 3-1 to sweep the 2019 season.

Set one, two and four were winners for the Lady Demons in the second of three road matches in a row and head coach Amanda Lard said the team had a dominant performance except in the third set.

“We won three sets to one and we were pretty much in control the three sets we won, but in the third set we kind of messed around and stopped talking and communicating,” Lard said. “We let them play around with us and then we got thrown around and got beat a little bit.”

El Reno, who is usually in Class 5A with the Duncan Lady Demons, is a big opponent to get two victories against in one season and will help later in the season when rankings start to come out.

“It is kind of a momentum builder for us. We had a tough one on Tuesday night and didn’t play the way we wanted to and didn’t come out on top,” Lard said. “We used last night as a way to kind of get back to what we do and how we play so it is a big momentum boost. With girls, momentum is a big thing you can ride it or sink on it and I hope we are building up. We have a big week this next week and have three matches and a tournament so we are hoping to ride momentum into next week.”

With the rankings waiting for final classifications to be released for volleyball, Lard said they have another repeat matchup before facing a rival in MacArthur at home and she hopes her team plays well.

“Every team that we play I always tell them that it doesn’t matter what happened the time before because last year we had teams that beat us early and we never let a team beat us again,” Lard said. “I made sure going into last night to tell them we can’t take anything for granted and you don’t assume anything because it went one way the first time. We are going in every match from here on out and don’t assume anything. That kind of carries over to how we play as well.”

With the Lady Demons playing on the road against Elgin Monday evening, Lard said there is less than half of a season remaining and they just want to make sure they are playing their best.

“Basically, we are at the point of the season where I mean this next week is going to be a major grind with three matches and a tournament,” Lard said. “So right now we are preaching to take care of yourself and keep yourself healthy and make sure you’re hydrated. Right now it is take care of yourself and stay healthy and be there for each other and keep the momentum going and keep the morale up.”

Duncan Varsity will play at 6 p.m. Monday Sept. 9 at Elgin and then at home playing MacArthur at 6 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 10 before finishing on the road at Tipton and the Noble Tournament.

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