GF loses in five sets to Valley

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It was a tough loss for the Green Forest Lady Tigers on Monday, as they lost a five-set match at home to Valley Springs.

Valley Springs defeated Green Forest, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-7.

"We are a work in progress, kind of like I have been saying," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "It's funny how the scores were, too. We lost the first set about the same way they lost the second set. We lost the third set about the same way they lost the fourth set. We had moments where we were doing awesome and doing what we had been practicing and then there were moments where we had brain freezes. Those were critical moments, like the fifth set. We need to learn how to finish."

After losing the first and third sets, Killingsworth was proud of her team for battling back each time and winning that next set.

"I don't want us to go up and down, but I'm grateful to see improvement," Killingsworth said. "They showed some heart and aggression. When you lose the first set, it's good to see them go out and win the second set. Show some fight. And then especially after the third one to go out and win the fourth one. I'm grateful for that improvement. We have been talking about how if we work hard, hopefully that hard work will pay off. It's certainly better than folding so we are just going to keep working on it. We will just keep a positive mindset."

Kassidy Bell had three aces in the second set, while Rachael Evans and Vanessa Perez had two. Alissa Smith had five kills. In the fourth set, Maressa Hernandez and Perez recorded two aces. Bell and Smith each had six kills. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers competed in a tournament in Harrison. Killingsworth said Green Forest didn't play well, but her team was able to play some good competition.

"We played Southside Batesville and they are definitely very good," Killingsworth said. "We got to play Bergman again and then we played Mansfield."

On Monday, Green Forest travels to Valley Springs. Killingsworth said in order for Green Forest to get the win, her team will have to play with confidence.

"The key to victory will be to get hits every time and to finish it," Killingsworth said. "When we have the ball on our side of the court, we need to execute a hit."

For the match, Bell and Perez finished with six aces. Smith had 18 kills, while Bell had 11 and Lexey Williams and Hernandez each had six.

Monday's match with Valley Springs is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

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