GF fights back from 2-0 to win match
The Green Forest Lady Tigers were living life on the edge Thursday evening, trailing 2-0 heading into the third set against the Marshall Lady Bobcats. Green Forest got convincing third- and fourth-set victories before winning the fifth set, 15-12.
"The girls showed that they had some grit," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "It was a conference match, so it was one that we needed to win. Coming back from 2-0 shows that the girls have the strength to come back and win it, even though I wasn't sure when it first started."
The Lady Tigers defeated Marshall 15-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 15-12. Killingsworth is proud of her team for coming back and getting the victory, but hopes her team learned a valuable lesson.
"If we can keep from getting ourselves in that bad situation than let's do that," Killingsworth said. "The girls showed me that they had a lot of want to by the way they played, though. That's super-important to see in the first week. And we made it through the first week unbeaten (3-0), which is always nice."
Killingsworth was not pleased with the way the match started. The Lady Tigers only had two kills in the first set.
"We lost the first set pretty significantly," Killingsworth said. "After that, you start looking at things and asking yourself what you can do better. In the second set, we played better, but still lost 25-21. But we were hitting better and had a little bit of a momentum swing."
Killingsworth said once the third set started, Green Forest dominated throughout. In that third set, Stacy Flores and Kassidy Bell each had four kills, while Maddie Youngblood had 11 digs.
"Things just switched," Killingsworth said. "It was like Marshall was us and we were them. I told the girls it's going to have to go to five sets because we didn't win the first two."
In the fourth set, Lexey Williams had nine consecutive aces. Flores added five of her own.
"She had a long string of serves and what happened is they got frustrated," Killingsworth said. "They were serving from the outside hitter position and the girls were just letting it hit right in front of them. That created some frustration on their team. Her serves were clutch."
Killingsworth said the Lady Tigers got out to an early lead in the 15-12 fifth-set victory, but she said it was difficult to put Marshall away.
"We jumped out with the momentum, but it was back and forth," Killingsworth said. "We got the serve back and had a chance to win at 14-8, but missed a serve. We battled back and forth for four points and finally won it."
Green Forest played at Yellville-Summit on Monday and will travel to Valley Springs on Tuesday before having the rest of the week off. Killingsworth hopes the Lady Tigers are able to build off Thursday's big win.
"We had a little bit of rust, but they came in ready to play today," Killingsworth said. "That's to be expected from the weekend, though. I think they are fired up about Yellville and then Valley is always a tough place to play. I don't know why, but they are having a good season already. We need that win to carry some confidence into the rest of the week."
Flores finished the match with 11 kills and Bell had 10. Williams had 12 aces and Flores had eight.