SHS girls beat Geneva 3-2

Published 12:14 am Sunday, September 18, 2011

Straughn's Angel Carter digs the ball Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn’s Lady Tigers volleyball team played their first five-game match Thursday night, and came out winners over Geneva.

The Lady Tigers beat the Lady Panthers in a back and forth match 25-19, 16-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-9 in the SHS gym.

Additionally, this was the first time Straughn beat Geneva in its young history.

“We came out real strong in the first set,” SHS volleyball coach Marc Tracy said. “We came out a little relaxed there at the second set. I thought we lost a little focus.

“We were down real big and came back (in the third game),” he said. “That was a big confidence booster, and I thought it would’ve carried over to that fourth (game), but it didn’t as much as I would’ve hoped.”

Megan Johns led the Lady Tigers with 11 kills, two aces and eight service points.

One of Johns’ kills came at the end of the first game. The last kill of her game came at the end of the final game.

Geneva bounced back with a dominating second game, Straughn came back from a 9-13 deficit in game three to go back and forth late for the 27-25 win.

In the tie-breaking game, the Lady Tigers took an early lead and never gave up.

“I thought we came out in the fifth game as good as we could hope,” Tracy said. “We typically start real slow. When you play to 15, you can’t start out slow. Coming out strong was the key for us.”

With this win, Straughn improves to 6-5 overall. The Lady Tigers will travel to play in Opp on Thursday for their next match.

Straughn’s Angel Carter had five digs; Evan Frye had six service points and 12 assists; Crystal Bonds had three blocks and seven kills; Emily Hammett had 14 service points and seven assists; and Courtney Fussell had four kills.

Kinston 3, Andalusia 2

Andalusia fell to Kinston 21-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 10-15.

Omarria McGee had 25 service points, Alison Daniels and Shi’Amber Townsend had 10 kills each and Shambrieka Burnett had eight blocks for Andalusia.

In junior varsity action, Andalusia lost 18-25, 10-25.

Andalusia will play host to Providence Christian on Monday at 4 p.m., starting with the junior high team.

In other volleyball action Thursday night, Opp swept Pike County and Luverne in an area tri-match, winning both matches 3-0.

T.R. Miller beat Pleasant Home 3-0.