Lady Tigers fall to Atkins

Friday, October 5, 2018

By Ty Loftis

CCNSports@cox-internet.com

The Green Forest Lady Tiger volleyball team lost in straight sets on Thursday evening to the Atkins Lady Red Devils at Fred Grim Gym. Atkins defeated Green Forest, 25-22, 25-18, 25-10.

"It's getting to be go time," Killingsworth said. "We have to perform if we want to be successful. We have the next two weeks and then it's districts. We have to get this figured out."

In the first set, Kiara Taylor had three aces and Stacy Flores had two. Alissa Smith had two kills. Despite the close loss in the first set, Killingsworth was pleased with how her team played.

"The first two sets were similar to Monday night against Berryville," Green Forest coach Trista Killingsworth said. "We were competitive. Nobody really went on a big serving run on either team in the first set. It was kind of point for point. We hit a lot of balls out in that first set. I felt like if a few more of our hits would have went in, then that might have made a difference. So I was feeling pretty good after the first set."

The Lady Red Devils got out to a 12-6 lead in the second set before going on to get the set victory. Maddie Youngblood and Smith each had two kills. Flores added three more aces.

In the third set, Killingsworth said her team just came out flat.

"We barely made it around our rotation," Killingsworth said. "Everybody did serve, but we barely made it around our rotation. They had some great serves and it was just disappointing we came out flat in that third set."

Killingsworth said she was disappointed her team played so poorly in that final set.

"I don't understand quitting in the final set," Killingsworth said. "These girls have been down 0-2 to Marshall and came back to win in five sets, so they have experience."

For the match, Flores had five aces and Taylor had three. Smith had 26 digs and Flores had 21.

On Tuesday, Green Forest hosted Bergman.

"We are taking things point by point, literally," Killingsworth said. "Don't get overwhelmed by the situation. I think that is part of it, especially if you are down 0-2. You can't be thinking about everything you have to do to come back and win. You want every kid to have mental toughness. Sometimes it's hard to break through that. I think that is the piece missing right now."

The match was scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

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