Lady Tigers remain inconsistent

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Green Forest volleyball coach Trista Killingsworth has been looking for consistency over the last couple weeks and she has yet to find it. That inconsistency showed itself once again as the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets defeated Green Forest, 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21 on Tuesday night at Fred Grim Gym.

"Early on, we watched some balls hit the floor and so I made a few substitutions," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "It was just a lack of hustle. And I was super disappointed about that because they played so well on Thursday night. The hustle is what was so impressive. And then we hit a lot of balls out of bounds."

In the first set, Alissa Smith and Kassidy Bell each had two aces. Maddie Youngblood had six digs. Youngblood added three aces and three kills in the second set.

"They traveled from Clinton, so I was hoping that might get them off their game, but they were very focused," Killingsworth said. "They are a very scrappy team and then they have some hard hitters. They go after everything. When things got difficult, we got in a little bit of a lull and we can't do that anymore."

Killingsworth was glad to see her team play well in the third set victory. Despite the loss, Killingsworth added that her team played well in the fourth set as well. Kate Manuel and Kendall DeMeyer each had eight digs, while Kiara Taylor had three aces in the third set. Smith had four aces and four kills in the fourth set.

"That one was frustrating because if a few things go our way, a few hits go in, we are right there," Killingsworth said. "That one wasn't terrible effort, we just couldn't come out on top."

Killingsworth said she plans on reinforcing the importance of starting strong to her team.

"Coming out on fire in that first set really sets the tone for the match," Killingsworth said. "It doesn't always mean you are going to win the match, but it does set the tone for the match. That's what we are working on in practice. 'Here is set one, now let's dominate set one.' It's important to start with the momentum because it's hard to catch back up. We have put ourselves in that position several times this year. Sometimes, like last night, it's just too late to make a move against good teams."

Smith had six aces and five kills in Tuesday's match, but also led the team with 21 digs.

"She had a lot of digs on that back row that give us a lot of options," Killingsworth said. "She gets under the ball really well. She was our leading attacker last year, but had a pretty significant injury over the summer. She has really came back and played well. It's good to see."

On Thursday evening, Green Forest hosted Perryville.

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