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Ponies sweep Orioles
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monticellos Taylor Klitzke slams a spike as Argyles Abby Flanagan (4) and Danielle Treuthardt (6) go up for the block during the Ponies win on Thursday.
ARGYLE - Monticello senior Haley Blum didn't want to relive another match in which the Ponies failed to put an opponent away.

Blum and the Ponies stormed back from a 16-8 deficit in the second game against Argyle Thursday night to win the pivotal game and close the door on the Orioles with a sweep, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23.

"We finally put someone away and finished it," Blum said, who had eight kills and four blocks. "We got down and we just didn't want to lose."

With the win, Monticello improves to 3-6 in the Six Rivers East.

Argyle senior Stephanie Cuevas, who had 17 assists, scored six straight service points in the second game to give the Orioles a 6-0 lead. Argyle sophomore Abby Flanagan, who had six kills, had a key tip.

Argyle (2-6) built a 16-8 lead and had a 20-15 lead, but couldn't finish the game.

"I told them after the first game to keep the pressure on them because they will not lay down and die," Monticello coach Scott Smice said. "We came back and got the momentum on our side. It was nip and tuck."

The Ponies' comeback was sparked by some hot serving, timely tipping and some unforced errors by the Orioles. Monticello sophomore Desiree Marty scored seven straight service points including an ace to help the Ponies storm back to take an insurmountable 23-20 lead.

"At that point everyone is just scared again," Argyle coach Shane Johnson said. "Our team is scared to lose. They had one kill. The rest were ballhandling errors. The reality is for the rest of our run from here on out, we have nothing to lose."

The Ponies used the tip game to perfection. Sadi Hilliard, Taylor Pfeuti and Taylor Klitzke each had six kills and three blocks for the Ponies.

"We tip it to a tricky place," Monticello senior Olivia Doyle said.

Argyle senior Lindsay Flanagan led the Orioles with seven digs.