Lady Tigers down Mayflower for first-ever state tourney win
HARRISON -- The first day of November was big for the Green Forest Lady Tiger volleyball team as they won their match with Mayflower in the 31st State Volleyball Championships at the Harrison Youth Center.
It was the first time ever that a Lady Tiger team had won a game at state, and they did it decisively, 25-21, 25-15, 25-14.
Coach Kayla Madewell told her team not to be celebrating "until we win it all," then got the team ready to meet Piggott on Thursday, the No. 1 seed from the Northeast district.
"We played exceptionally well, adjusted well to some of the angled shots Mayflower was hitting to the sideline and back line,"?Madewell said afterward. "But when we got to the end of games, we closed them out. It was no time to relax."
Green Forest arrived late after being held up by a long-running pep rally and tangled bus traffic, but warmed up quickly and pulled away at the end of game one.
Emily Campbell got a kill and Amelia Villines four serves in a row to put Green Forest up 18-14. Mayflower hit out several times, and with good defense from Courtney Ruff, Lindsay Kilbourn, Makayla Jorgensen, Erin Robertson, Beth Campbell, Misti Baker, and Megan Bennett, they took a 25-21 victory.
Villines continued her solid serving in game two, hitting five in a row to put the Lady Tigers up 7-4. Good digs on defense by Baker and another spike by Emily Campbell put them up 14-9. Baker got a kill for 21-15, then Villines served the game out, 25-15.
"Amelia's serve is getting back on track," Madewell noted. "It was a good overall team effort. The girls communicated well."
Game three saw Ruff sustain a wrist injury while diving for a ball, and Emily Campbell numbed her hand diving out of bounds for a wild ball.
Both sucked it up and played the rest of the match, with Bennett serving to 13-8. Jorgensen hit several hot serves, and when ?Emily Campbell got a spike, it pushed the score to 21-13.
Good digs by Kilbourn, Robertson and Beth Campbell kept the ball alive, with Jorgensen finishing the game out serving at 25-14.
Opening round action at noon Wednesday saw Episcopal Collegiate defeat Alpena, and Mansfield down Crowley's Ridge.
At 2 p.m., Marshall beat PB St. Joseph, and Brookland beat West Fork. At 4 p.m., Piggott defeated Paris, and Green Forest beat Mayflower.
Lavaca beat Hoxie, and St. Joseph, Conway beat Cotter.
A win Thursday by Green Forest would move them into the semifinals on Friday at 3 p.m., with the state finals set for Saturday at 11 a.m.
Awards will be presented following the final games.