Lady Tigers on a roll

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ashley Hughes gets a block.

Ashley Hughes gets a block.

The Straughn Lady Tigers continued their blistering-hot start to the 2016 volleyball season by sweeping Kinston’s Amelia Rhodes Set-Off Tournament Saturday in Kinston.

“I thought we did fairly well during the tournament,” Straughn head volleyball coach Daniel Rodgers said. “There were times we didn’t play as well as we can, but overall I was proud of the way we competed.”

In the opening match of pool, Straughn matched up with the Pleasant Home Lady Eagles.

The Lady Tigers picked up a 2-0 victory over the Lady Eagles with a 25-18 win in match one and a 25-14 win in the second match.

“We were able to get past Pleasant Home in two sets,” Rodgers said. “We played well and we were aggressive with out attacks. We didn’t give them any points, and made them work for what they got.”

Straughn met up with New Brockton in second pool play game of the day.

Straughn won the opening match 25-18 and topped New Brockton in the second match 26-24 for a 2-0 win.

“New Brockton did a good job of setting up their outside hitters,” Rodgers said. “We kept on competing and challenging them. Ashley Hughes did a great job at the net, and we did a great job of coming from behind in the second set.”

In the final pool play match, Straughn took on area-rival Opp.

“We focused on business when we played Opp,” Rodgers said. “There were times when you could tell we were tired , but we over come that for a strong second set.”

The Lady Tigers took down the Lady Bobcats 25-21 in the opening match and completed the 2-0 sweep with a 25-15 victory in match two.

The win over the Lady Bobcats put Straughn in the semi-final game against Goshen.

Straughn fell in the first set (25-21), but battled back to win the second and third (25-19, 15-7).

“We came out a little flat in the first set against Goshen, but our leadership picked us up in the second and third set,” Rodgers said. “We never quit and I was proud of that.”

The Lady Tigers then knocked off Kinston 2-0 to win the championship.

“That first set against Kinston was probably the best set we played all tournament,” Rodgers said. “Everyone was in the right spot. It was a total team effort.”