GF has problems against Yellville

Friday, September 2, 2016

GREEN FOREST -- Tuesday was a difficult day for the Lady Tigers, as Green Forest lost at home in three sets to Yellville-Summit, 14-25, 18-25, 6-25. Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said her team made too many mental errors.

"When you make a mistake in volleyball you have to let it go," Killingsworth said. "Physically, the ball is going off of your body and so if you have tension in your body, it's not going to go right. You just have to shake it off and let it go. That is something we have to work on, but that's a mental thing so that's where each athlete has to take ownership of her own mental state."

A Carolina Moreno ace in the first set gave Green Forest a 9-7 lead, but the Lady Panthers responded with eight consecutive points, giving Yellville-Summit a 15-9 lead. The Lady Tigers faced a 5-13 deficit to start the second set, but a an ace by Maressa Hernandez cut the Yellville-Summit lead to 15-11. This was as close as the Lady Tigers got in the second set, though. The third set was never close and Killingsworth hopes she can use that as a motivating factor moving forward.

"Our goals are to stay committed, stay positive, stay together and be aggressive," Killingsworth said. "The last thing we need to do is feel sorry for ourselves. We just need to move on."

Jennifer Newberry finished the match with seven digs, while Lauren Newberry had six and Moreno had four kills.

Green Forest 3, Decatur 0

When looking at the stats, one would think Monday's performance at Decatur was a good one. Despite winning 25-13, 25-17, 25-11, Killingsworth would disagree.

"We had some good serves, but we didn't set the ball and hit it as much as I would have liked to last night," Killingsworth said. "We did get points off of it, but we didn't earn many of those points."

Rachel Evans and Lauren Newberry each had three aces in the first set and Moreno added two. Moreno added four more aces in the second set and Evans had three. Emily Becker added two kills in the third set. Killingsworth said she believes Tuesday night's sluggish performance against Yellville-Summit was a result of the way the Lady Tigers played on Monday against Decatur.

"The girls don't understand that it carries on," Killingsworth said. "We have short practice times because we are playing every night and you have to be on top of your game every night. We took that bus trip and they got by yesterday, but we have to hustle every time we go out and play."

On Thursday, Green Forest (4-2) hosted Eureka Springs.

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