SHS girls lose 3-2 to Geneva

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 2, 2010

Straughn's Laura Stephens goes up for a kill in an earlier match this season. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The Straughn Lady Tigers volleyball team fell to Geneva 3-2 at home Tuesday in what should have been a win, SHS coach Lori Kinsaul said.

Geneva took the first game 25-6, but Straughn (4-1, 3-0 in Class 4A, Area 3) came back and won the second and third games 25-21 and 25-17, respectively.

“If they can win the second and third game, then they should’ve finished it,” Kinsaul said. “But, we pushed it to five, (Tori Bracewell) got hurt, and I had to swap everybody around out of position.

“So, they just really had lost their focus by then,” she said about the fourth game. “So, what we’re trying to work on is our consistency because they’re playing real well in spurts. And our focus, in just trying to keep them focused in the entire match is our main goal.”

In the deciding game, the Lady Tigers fell 15-4.

The extent of Bracewell’s injury is a fractured ankle, Kinsaul said.

“The doctor said she can be back in two weeks,” Kinsaul said.

In other good news, junior Holley McGlaun, who has been out of action since summer camp, will resume her starting role in today’s match in Jack, Ala., where her team will face Zion Chapel.

Kinsaul said she made sure each player on the team was “on the same page” at practice Wednesday.

She said she will move McGlaun back to where Brooke Harris was for the match today.

In addition, Kinsaul said the girls “hit” well.

“Our hitting came a long way (Tuesday),” she said. “We were finally hitting them down yesterday. With Geneva, you can’t dink because they’re going to get it.”

Bracewell, Megan Johns and Kaitlynn Wiggins had six kills each; Harris contributed with 14 assists; and newcomer Paige Caraway had three blocks and two kills.