Lady Tigers punch ticket to state

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 21, 2016

Ashley Hughes helped lead the Lady Tigers to a pair of wins on Thursday. Josh Dutton/Star-News

Ashley Hughes helped lead the Lady Tigers to a pair of wins on Thursday.
Josh Dutton/Star-News

The Straughn Lady Tigers dismantled their competition Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A South Regional tournament in Montgomery, and clinched a spot in next week’s state tournament in Birmingham.



In the opening match, the Lady Tigers blew past Midfield 3-0 to advance to second round.

Straughn came out strong in the opening set and downed Midfield 25-12.

Sydney Kinsaul put Straughn up 4-0 with a strong ace early in the opening set.

Sarah Langford was on point at the setter position and was constantly feeding Hannah Lawless and Ashley Hughes attack attempts.

Hughes and Lawless made the most of the attempts and helped pace the Lady Tigers to the win.



It was much of the same in second game, as they Lady Tigers rolled out at 25-12 win.

Langford got a pair of aces early to put Straughn up 6-2.

Lawless added four aces and capped the set with back-to-back kills.



Straughn jumped out front with an ace from Langford and kill from Lawless on their way to a 25-19 win.

Midfield rallied back and took the lead, but a kill followed by back-to-back aces from Hughes gave the Lady Tigers an 8-6 advantage.

Hughes then helped stretch the lead with three straight kills.

“I felt like we played pretty well,” Straughn head coach Daniel Rodgers said. “The first two sets we played really well, but I guess the third set wasn’t as good.”

After the win over Midfield, the Lady Tigers moved on to the quarterfinals against Coosa-Central.

The Lady Tigers came out firing on all cylinders as they swept Coosa-Central to clinch a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs.

In the first set, the Lady Tigers won 25-15. Lawless capped the game with a kill.

The Lady Tigers steamed out front in the second set and held on for a 25-7 win.

Straughn finished the sweep with a 25-11 win in game three.

“At times, I felt we might have played a little tight,” Rodgers said. “Once we loosened up we really came alive. I’m so proud of these girls and the way they play.”

Straughn will play at 2 p.m., today in South Region semi-final game.