Lady Tigers back on winning track
After a three-match losing streak, the Green Forest Lady Tiger volleyball team got back on the winning track Thursday evening by getting a 25-21 25-23 25-17 win at Bergman.
"The girls really came prepared to win last night," coach Trista Killingsworth said. "I am so proud of their comeback after the way they played at Atkins. It was much better last night."
In the first-set victory, Maddie Youngblood had 12 kills, while Kassidy Bell had five and Stacy Flores had four. Killingsworth was glad to see her team rebound after the losing streak.
“I probably didn’t emphasize enough about how much I appreciated the girls coming out and playing well,” Killingsworth said. “We changed the game plan. They worked hard in practice and then they went out and executed. That's a big deal for a coach to see. They showed me that losing isn’t something they want to be a part of. I know it’s one game, but it’s a huge deal.”
Killingsworth said the Lady Tigers had to fight to win the second set. Alissa Smith had three aces and Kendall DeMeyer had eight digs.
“We got behind, but we fought back,” Killingsworth said. “We made a few errors here and there, which kept Bergman in it, but it was good to see us grind out a victory.”
In the third set, Green Forest trailed 6-1, but came back to get the 25-17 victory. Youngblood had four kills and Bell added three aces.
This week, Green Forest hosts Clinton and Perryville and on Saturday, the Lady Tigers will travel to Greenbrier for a tournament.
“We were supposed to be going to a tournament in Maumelle on Saturday, but they sent a random e-mail saying that tournament had been dropped,” Killingsworth said. “I am glad we will still have something to go to.”
For the match, Youngblood finished with 18 kills and Bell had 10. Smith had five aces.