Lady Tigers sweep Brantley

Published 12:03 am Friday, September 5, 2014

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Straughn’s Courtney Rogers digs for the ball during her team’s sweep over Brantley Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn head volleyball coach Daniel Rodgers always tells his players to attack.

The Lady Tigers did that and more in a 3-0 regular-season victory over Brantley on Thursday night at home.

SHS overcame early deficits in games one and two, but powered ahead in the third to earn the sweep in a 25-23, 25-16, 25-10 decision.

“I was proud of them,” Rodgers said. “Brantley is a well-coached, hustling tough team. They’re gritty.

“We overcame a deficit and I thought some calls didn’t go our way,” he said. “They responded and got better as the game went on and kept attacking.”

After leading early in game one, the Lady Tigers found themselves in a hole. A 6-0 run put SHS ahead 17-14, but BHS bounced right back to tie it at 20-all. SHS led 24-21 and gave up two game-point chances before taking the first.

Straughn went on a 8-0 run in the second game after a needed timeout when it trailed 10-11. Meredith Rogers, a junior who had five aces for the match, served for the entire run and Ashley Hughes got a good block to power the Lady Tigers to a 18-11 lead.

Lexie Cottle nailed two kills late in the game to give SHS a 2-0 advantage.

Lady Tigers senior Jacie Williamson nailed a kill to give SHS a commanding 18-6 lead in game three during a 8-0 run.

Williamson finished with nine kills; Cottle had four kills; Sarah Langford had six assists; Katelyn Kinsaul had four aces and five assists; and Courtney Rogers had six aces.

Even in those tight situations the Lady Tigers found themselves in, Rodgers said he was “good” with them still playing aggressive.

“They were just kind of getting in the groove,” he said. “As long as we attack in or out, I want us to attack and be aggressive. They kept attacking and I guess they got loose. They started finding the court.”

In junior varsity action, the Lady Tigers won 25-22, 25-9.

SHS is back in action on Tuesday at home against Opp. Middle school action begins at 4 p.m.

In other volleyball action, Florala lost 3-2 to Samson.

The Lady Wildcats fell 15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 10-15 in a match where FHS volleyball coach Amanda Varnum said she saw some determination from the girls.

“I was very impressed with the hustle I saw in the girls,” Varnum said.

Varnum said there were times where the girls hung in there and fought back.

In JV action, FHS won 25-16, 25-22.