DENTON — The 2017 volleyball season was less than a week old when the Glen Rose Lady Tigers brought home their first hardware of the year.
Glen Rose capped the three-day, nine-match stretch Saturday with a 24-26, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Callisburg to capture the ASC Nike Denton Ryan Division II tournament title.
“It was fun,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “We have been going to the tournament for four years and we haven’t won it. On a personal level, I have been going to that tournament for many years and have never won it.”
In the home opener Tuesday night against Joshua, the Lady Tigers won again to improve to 11-0.
Junior outside hitter Logan Smith tallied a team-high 14 kills and junior middle blocker Libby Hinton added 13 kills and three blocks in the 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 win over the Lady Owls. Bozarth led the Class 4A second-ranked Lady Tigers with 28 assists and nine digs, while Lytle had five kills and 15 digs and Mooney had 10 digs. Senior middle blocker Ally Andress chipped in with eight kills and a block.
The Lady Tigers opened the Glen Rose Tournament Thursday at Tiger Arena with matches against Tolar, Springtown, Saginaw and Paradise. After a single match Friday at 6 p.m. with Sanger, the Lady Tigers will resume the Glen Rose Tournament Saturday.
The Lady Tigers, playing their fourth match of the day Saturday in Denton, needed three sets to overcome scrappy Callisburg, the ninth-ranked team in Class 3A. Glen Rose dropped its first set of the season 25-18, but rallied to win the last two.
“The four games were pretty much all in a row, so it was good for the girls to get on the court and play against an opponent, but after a while, we were fighting not only being physically tired, but mentally tired too,” Langford said.
Hinton paced the Lady Tigers with 13 kills in the championship match, while Smith added 12 and Address added eight.
The Lady Tigers painted themselves into the corner in the match after losing the first set 24-26 after leading comfortably at 20-15.
Behind six kills by Hinton, four by Smith and three by Bryanna Lytle, the Lady Tigers rallied in the second set to win, 25-18. At one point, the set was tied at 15 before the Lady Tigers pulled away, thanks in part to two kills and a service ace from Lytle.
In the decisive third set, Lytle served the Lady Tigers out to a 7-0 lead and they never looked back in the 25-15 win.
Three Lady Tigers brought home superlatives: Smith was named Most Valuable Player; Hinton was named Best Hitter; and Madi Mooney was named the Defensive MVP.
“Logan, Libby and Madi had great tournaments and they were very deserving,” Langford said.
In other tournament matches:
GLEN ROSE 2, ARGYLE LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0: Hinton led the Lady Tigers with nine kills, while Smith and Andress tallied five each. Smith also had three service aces, and Mooney and Mallory Rogers had two service aces apiece in the 25-12, 25-20 win.
GLEN ROSE 2, PARISH EPISCOPAL 0: Hinton had eight of her team-high 11 kills in the second set of the 25-23, 25-15 win. Andress finished with six and Smith added five. Andress also tallied three blocks while Lytle and Hinton added two each.
GLEN ROSE 2, LINDSAY 0: Smith recorded 11 kills and Hinton and Andress had six and five, respectively, in the 28-26, 25-13 victory. Mooney added two service aces.
GLEN ROSE 2, HOLLIDAY 0: The Lady Tigers got a balanced attack with five players with at least three kills, led by five from Hinton. Emma Bozarth and Hinton had two service aces each in the 25-12, 25-21 win.
GLEN ROSE 2, IOWA PARK 0: Smith added nine kills, three blocks and two service aces to lead the Lady Tigers to the 25-7, 25-7 victory.
GLEN ROSE 2, GAINESVILLE 0: Hinton led the Lady Tigers with 11 kills, and Andress and Taylor Fellers added seven and five kills, respectively, in the 25-4, 25-6 win. Smith also added five service aces.
GLEN ROSE 2, KENNEDALE 0 (in Carrollton): Smith hit double-digits with 10 kills and Andress added six in the 25-18, 25-13 win. Hinton added four kills and Lytle had three.
GLEN ROSE 2, DECATUR 0 (in Carrollton): Smith recorded a team-high nine kills and Hinton and Lytle added seven and six, respectively, in the 25-16, 25-15 win. Hinton and Rogers had two service aces.