Lady Tigers endure 1st losses of season
By Scott Loftis
As the Green Forest Lady Tigers reeled off seven consecutive victories to open the 2019 volleyball season, coach Christie Popejoy kept her expectations realistic, knowing that few teams enjoy a full season free of adversity.
And with three matches on this week’s schedule, Popejoy correctly predicted that it might be a difficult week.
The Lady Tigers suffered their first two losses of the season — a three-set sweep at home against Cotter on Monday, followed the next day by a five-set loss at Clinton. Cotter won 25-13, 27-25, 25-15. Clinton beat the Lady Tigers 17-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-12, 15-11.
Senior Skylar Howerton had 10 kills against Clinton, while senior Alissa Smith and junior Maddie Youngblood added five each and junior Magen Parton had four. Parton and Smith each had four aces and Howerton had four blocks.
Howerton and Youngblood each had four kills against Cotter, with Parton adding three, Smith two and senior Kendall DeMeyer one. DeMeyer had three aces, while Howerton, Youngblood and Smith added two each. Howerton had six blocks, with Youngblood adding four.
Popejoy said her team can learn from the losses.
“I think it shows the girls what we need to work at, and that it’s not going to be easy,” she said.
The Lady Tigers have responded the right way, according to Popejoy.
“We’ve had a couple of good practices,” she said. “They’ve come in and they’re ready to fight.”
Green Forest played at Perryville on Thursday. The Lady Tigers will host Marshall on Monday and West Fork on Tuesday.