STEPHENVILLE — In the first of three consecutive tough District 8-4A volleyball contests Tuesday night, the second-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers answered the bell with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Stephenville.
“We went in there and didn’t mess around. Stephenville is a good ball team — big, strong and quick — so a win over there was big for us,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said.
Sophomore middle blocker Libby Hinton paced the Lady Tigers with 12 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Logan Smith added 11 and senior outside hitter Sophie Bozarth added seven.
With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 25-3 overall and 3-0 in district play. They now hit the road Friday at district unbeaten Midlothian Heritage with first place on the line.
“We know we have to focus on one game at a time because each team we are facing is good,” said Langford.
Midlothian Heritage beat Alvarado 3-0 Tuesday night to set up the match-up of unbeatens.
With the aid of Hinton’s first three kills of her seven in the set, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 7-4 lead. A pair of Glen Rose errors and two Stephenville kills gave the Honeybees their first lead in the set at 9-8.
A kill by Smith regained the lead for the Lady Tigers at 11-10, and the set remained within a point or two until Glen Rose pulled away down the stretch. Leading 18-17, Glen Rose took advantage of two Stephenville hitting errors, a service ace, and a kill by Ally Andress to stretch the lead to 23-17 before winning 25-21 on a kill by Hinton.
“I thought we came out on fire,” Langford said. “We were ready for a good game with competition. We just did a great job of keeping the ball in play and making those big out-of-system plays and earning kills.”
In Set 2, the Lady Tigers led 6-4 before four consecutive kills by Hinton, two errors by the Honeybees and an ace and block lifted Glen Rose to the 14-4 lead and it never looked back in winning the set 25-16.
In the decisive set, the Lady Tigers trailed for the first half of the set and at one point faced a four-point deficit at 12-8. With their team trailing 15-13, Smith and Hinton recorded kills to tie the set at 15-15, and a kill by Bryanna Lytle gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good at 16-15.
The Honeybees made things interesting late, however, when they pulled with one at 23-22 and again at 24-23 before Smith recorded a kill to close out the set and match at 25-23.
The Lady Tigers tallied nine blocks in the set with Laiken McAnear, Andress, Hinton and Lytle adding two blocks each. Lytle paced the Lady Tiger back row with 16 digs, while Sophie Bozarth and Smith added 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Jaylan Evans finished with six digs and Emma Bozarth, McAnear and Sophie Bozarth added five each.
Sophie Bozarth led the Lady Tigers with 19 assists, while Emma Bozarth had 12. Smith had four of the Lady Tigers’ six service aces.
Following Friday’s 4:30 p.m. match at Midlothian Heritage, the Lady Tigers are back home at Tiger Arena Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a meeting with Godley.