Tigers travel to Izard County; leave with win

Friday, September 23, 2011
Ninth grader Payton Watson waits for the ball during a recent home game against Valley Springs. Tyler Thompson / Carroll County News

IZARD COUNTY -- Head coach Trista Killingsworth's Lady Tigers are at it again.

They're winning. The Tigers' junior high and varsity teams both defeated the Izard County Cougars on Monday. The junior high won 25-16 and 25-20, and the varsity team took their match 25-21, 25-18, 15-9.

The junior high team was led by ninth graders Emily Glassell and Payton Watson.

"She (Glassell) really hit the ball well on the front row," Killingsworth said.

Watson had another big night as well as she served for 10 points in the first set.

"She's very coachable and I am very excited to see what she'll develop into," Killingsworth said. "She just has an incredible talent for hitting."

The junior varsity didn't fare as well, dropping their match 19-25 and 17-25.

The varsity team, however, played well as a team. The match went the distance for five sets, but it was the Tigers that came out as the victors.

Katelyn Goodman -- 15 digs and four aces; Jessie Kilbourn -- 10 digs, eight kills, two assists and two aces; Kaleigh Evans -- one dig and nine kills; Makynna Jorgensen -- seven digs, seven kills, 12 assists and one ace; Vanessa Etchison -- nine digs, eight assists and one ace; Tara Harrell -- seven digs, four kills, one ace, one block and two tips; Lindsey Savage -- seven digs, two kills and one block; and sophomore Anna Blach played on the varsity team tallying nine digs, two kills, one ace and three blocks.

Killingsworth said that Blach's presence on the varsity team will probably become more and more constant as the season progresses.

"She came in and really stepped up," Killingsworth said. "She really did a good job for us."

The Tigers are 8-3 overall and have a 7-1 conference record to date.

Serving will continue to be a point of emphasis for Killingsworth for the rest of the season

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