Lady Tigers start season with loss

Monday, August 28, 2017

The season did not get off to a good start for the Green Forest Lady Tiger volleyball team on Tuesday, as the Elkins Lady Elks defeated Green Forest 25-22, 25-12, 25-22.

"We came out really good in the first set, it was 22-25," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "We came out hitting and we came out blocking good. Then the second set we just fell apart, lost our confidence and didn't rebound."

Alissa Smith and Lexey Williams each had nine digs in the first set and Kassidy Bell had three kills. Vanessa Perez totaled 12 digs in the second set. Killingsworth credits the Lady Elks for being a hard-hitting team and that is something Green Forest struggled with.

"They have good servers," Killingsworth said. "Our serve-receive really struggled so we couldn't get the pass above the attack line where the setter could get a good set off and it just kind of snowballed from there."

Killingsworth hopes the Lady Tigers are able to grow from this three-set loss at Elkins.

"I think we need to find our chemistry and trust each other," Killingsworth said. "And when you think about it, we are kind of young at the varsity level. I guess that kind of plays out. We learned that it's not always going to be easy and we are just going to have to dig in. If you don't dig in, then it's not going to go good. If you decide to face adversity, it could be just fine."

For the match, Perez finished with 26 digs, while Smith had 21 and Williams had 20. Bell had five kills and Stacy Flores had four. On Thursday, the Lady Tigers traveled to Bergman.

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