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Opp, SHS split wins in tri-match

Opp players celebrate after beating Elba Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

­­Straughn and Opp split wins in a tri-match with Elba Tuesday night in Opp.

Right out of the gate, Straughn dispatched Opp with a 2-0 victory in the first match, and fell to Elba 2-1 in the second match.

For Opp, the Lady Bobcats bounced back falling in the first game in the final match of the night to win the second game, and beat Elba 2-1.

Opp 2, Elba 1

Trailing 1-0, the Lady Bobcats countered in the second game with crucial blocks and kills to thwart Elba, winning 15-25, 25-23, 15-9.

“Like I told them, they had to play as a team and hustle as a team and have a winning attitude,” OHS coach Christie Spurlin said about the win. “That’s what we didn’t have against Straughn. They hustled better together, and played better together in the last game.”

Spurlin said the girls are doing well in one area of the game — blocking.

“We’re blocking more, and picking up digs more,” she said. “That was a lot better.”

Opp took a 12-7 lead at one point in the match, and never looked back.

The Lady Bobcats surged to a 20-16 lead late in the second game, but Elba threatened with its offense to tie the game up at 22 all.

Opp’s Soyia Folmar sealed the second game win by killing the ball on a 24-23 lead.

In game three, the Lady Bobcats (2-8) trailed early 0-3, but scored seven unanswered points to take a 7-3 lead.

At one point, Opp took a 10-6 lead, and only allowed Elba to score three additional points compared to its five for the win.

Folmar had three spikes, six kills, seven blocks and three scoring tips for the night; Caiden Harrell contributed with 14 service points; and Laiken Free had eight service points, two aces, three spikes, three digs, two scoring tips and four blocks.

Elba 2, Straughn 1

The Elba Lady Tigers defeated Straughn 20-25, 25-15, 16-14 in the second match of the night.

Elba took advantage of Straughn’s errors and came away with the win, taking a nine-point 18-9 lead in the second game at one point.

“We got caught up in that with Elba,” SHS assistant volleyball coach Marc Tracy said about Elba’s offensive play. “We never do well when you start tipping the ball around. We’re a lot better in power. We started to get into that funk, where you get caught up in that. Elba’s really good at tipping the ball and getting little dinks over.”

Straughn only answered with six points compared to Elba’s seven to cause the tie.

In the third game, Straughn took a 13-12 lead late. Elba then tied the game up 14-14 and sealed the win by scoring the much-needed two points.

Straughn’s Brooke Harris led in service points with seven; Holley McGlaun led in assists with 14; Kaitlynn Wiggins had four digs; and Megan Johns led in kills with 10.

Straughn 2, Opp 0

Straughn defeated Opp 25-14, 25-17.

During the first game of the tri-match, Straughn held the lead throughout, and ended the match with a kill from Wiggins.

“In the second game, we started executing better,” Tracy said. “It turned into some things that we practiced every day. We played more fundamentally sound.”

McGlaun had 14 service points and eight assists; Paige Caraway had six kills; and Wiggins had two digs.

Straughn (6-2) will travel to play Andalusia tonight in area play.

Opp will host New Brockton.