Lady Tigers just won’t quit
Published 12:05 am Friday, September 23, 2016
The Straughn Lady Tigers (15-0) needed all five sets, but remained undefeated after a 3-2 victory over the Geneva Lady Panthers Thursday night in Straughn.
“These girls just don’t give up,” Straughn head volleyball coach Daniel Rodgers said. “They know that it’s the first one to win three sets, and until that happens, they know that they have a chance to win. Some of these girls just refuse to get beat. They just won’t quit on each other, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
In the first match of the evening, the Lady Tigers and Lady Panthers kept the game close, but Hannah Lawless came away with a kill to give Straughn a 25-20 win in game one.
Straughn jumped out front in the second game, but Geneva managed a strong rally that help lift them to a 25-23 win over the Lady Tigers to even the games at 1-1.
Syndey Kinsaul got the Lady Tigers off and running with an ace to start the second game.
Lawless then picked up three kills to put the Lady Tigers on top 7-2.
Geneva battled back and picked up five-straight aces on the way to a 25-23 victory.
The Lady Tigers came roaring out of the gate in the third match, and came away with a 25-18 win to put them on top 2-1.
Ashley Hughes came up with a big block and kill at the start of the contest to help get the Lady Tigers out to a 4-1 lead.
Geneva tied the match at 9-9, but Lawless and Hughes combined for several big kills to give the Lady Tigers the victory.
In the fourth game of the evening, Geneva was the team that came blistering out of the gate, and held of the Lady Tigers for a 25-13 win that tied the contest 2-2.
The game four win for Geneva forced a winner-take-all game five.
Straughn jumped out front, but Geneva rallied back before the Lady Tigers picked up the 18-16 victory.
The Lady Tigers led the game 11-5, but a strong rally from Geneva put the Lady Panthers on top 13-11.
Straughn battled back Hughes put the Lady Tigers on top 15-14.
A few plays later, Hughes delivered a big block that put Straughn on top 16-15.
Geneva knotted the contest up 16-16 before Hughes swung through with another kill to put the Lady Tigers back on top.
The Lady Tigers continued to fight and picked up the next point for an 18-16 win.
“There were some times when we weren’t really sharp as a team,” Rodgers said. “The good thing about this team, though, when one is down there is always some one else that is there to pick it up.”
Rodgers said that the Lady Tigers’ serving was one of the team’s strong suits in the win.
“Our serves were pretty strong for most of the night,” Rodgers said. “We didn’t give them many points on serves. We had some girls that really got after it tonight, and I’m very proud of all them for continuing to fight until it was over.”
In junior varsity action, Straughn topped Geneva 2-0.
The Lady Tigers won the first set 25-12.
In the second set, the JV Lady Tigers continued to dominate, and came away with a 25-15 victory.