Tigers travel to Paris, battle Conway Christian

Friday, October 28, 2011
Senior Shelby Horton scans the defense prior to delivering her serve during a recent home game. The Tigers were 15-6 in 2011, but were unable to knock of the No. 2 seed, Conway Christian, at the state tournament.

PARIS -- Head coach Trista Killingsworth took her Tigers, a No. 2 seed in the Northern Conference, to Paris to battle Conway Christian, the No. 2 seed in the Central Conference, in Paris on Tuesday afternoon.

However, the Tigers were defeated in three straight sets, 16-25, 19-25 and 14-25.

The game plan heading in to the match was to let the ball hit the line or go out of bounds.

"We got a scouting report from a coach in their conference and she was dead on," Killingsworth said.

The Tigers did what they wanted to do, but it was the adjustments that the Eagles made that posed problems for the Tigers.

"We did a good job at the back line but we forget about our movement," Killingsworth said.

The Tigers once again got contributions from their senior, juniors and one sophomore.

Katelyn Goodman -- 10 digs; Shelby Horton -- 13 digs, five kills, two assists, two blocks and two tips; Jessie Kilbourn -- six digs and three kills; Kaleigh Evans -- two digs and five kills; Makynna Jorgensen -- six digs and six assists; Vanessa Etchison -- five digs and four assists; Tara Harrell -- four digs and one assist; Lindsey Savage -- two digs and one block; Anna Blach -- four digs and one assist.

The adjustments the Tigers made were necessary, however, it was the counter-adjustments that the Eagles made, along with their powerful serves, that dictated the game.

"They had very consistent serves," Killingsworth said. "Their jump serves were very hard and consistent."

She said that neither the district loss to Alpena or the loss to Conway Christian will detract from what was accomplished.

The Tigers were 15-6 this season.

"We had a good year," Killingsworth added.

Seniors Shelby Horton, Makynna Jorgensen and Jessie Kilbourn made all-conference, and Horton and Jorgensen also made all-state.

Horton was also selected to the All-State Tournament Team.

All-Star Week commences in June at the University of Arkansas and is in conjunction to the state's coaching clinic.

"There are 15 girls throughout the state that are nominated," Killingsworth added. "It's such a big honor for her."

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