Lady Tigers fall in 3 sets at Atkins

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Atkins Lady Red Devils got the best of the Green Forest Lady Tiger volleyball team on Tuesday, winning 25-10, 25-12, 25-20 in Atkins.

Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said the Lady Red Devils are one of the top teams in the conference and so she hopes the Lady Tigers are able to learn from the loss.

"We had practice that morning and we practiced on Labor Day," Killingsworth said. "I don't think they handled the bus drive very well and they got defeated quickly. We have to have a little more grit than that."

In the first set, Maddie Youngblood, Kendall DeMeyer and Jenny Bryant each had an ace. Kassidy Bell had two kills.

"The game started out fine," Killingsworth said. "They started with the serve and served it out. Then we got a couple hits and were up 5-2. After that, we just stopped hitting. They had an outside hitter who was really good. She hits really well and places the ball well. By the time we started digging her hits in the first set, we had dug a hole. Then they had a jump server. She reeled off several serves that we couldn't get. It almost got in our heads. She served from point 13 to point 22."

Alissa Smith had nine digs in the second set and Jenny Bryant had five.

In the third-set loss, Stacy Flores had four aces and Bell had two kills.

For the match, DeMeyer had four aces and Kiara Taylor had two. Youngblood had 19 digs, while Smith had 16 and Flores had 11.

Despite Tuesday's performance, Killingsworth said the Lady Tigers have rebounded nicely in practice.

"We got back late, but came in at 6:30 a.m. the next day and 7 a.m. today and practice has went really well the last two days," Killingsworth said.

On Thursday, the Lady Tigers played another conference match at Bergman. Killingsworth hoped to see her team rebound in a positive manner.

"Bergman is pretty decent," Killingsworth said. "I went and watched them play when we were off. They have some great servers. That is one issue we have dealt with, but we have changed up our serve-receive in the last two days of practice. Hopefully that will prove to be helpful. We are just going to be competitive. Dig in, man up and be ready to set up sets, hit the ball hard and not back down, if we can do that once and gain a little bit of confidence, we could gain a lot from that. And I have seen some changes in practice. Hopefully we will see that in the game."

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