Lady Tigers lose, show progress
While Pea Ridge defeated Green Forest in four sets on Thursday evening, 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-16, there was a vast improvement from the first time the two teams met in Pea Ridge earlier this year.
"The girls are working hard and they aren't quitting," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "They hustled good. They had a good attitude. Their passes were good and the serve receive was better. I'm excited, actually."
Green Forest trailed 7-15 in the first set and never could get in a rhythm. Maressa Hernandez and Kassidy Bell each had an ace, but a Pea Ridge ace ended the set. Aces by Stacy Flores and Rachael Evans gave the Lady Tigers an early 13-7 lead in the second set. Alissa Smith's kill extended that lead to 15-9. A Bell kill gave the Lady Tigers a 21-14 lead and Flores' ace ended the set.
"We played a really clean set," Killingsworth said. "It was good to see us play a complete, mistake-free set."
A kill by Lexey Williams gave Green Forest an early 3-2 lead in the third set and Smith's ace extended that lead to 13-6. The Lady Blackhawks ultimately came back to win the set, 25-19. A Kiara Taylor ace in the fourth set trimmed the Pea Ridge to 8-7. Flores, Williams and Smith all had kills in the set, but Pea Ridge went on to win the set.
On Tuesday, Green Forest hosts Huntsville. The match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.