CARROLLTON — The streak is over.
The longest winning streak in Glen Rose High School history in any sport came to an end when the No. 1-ranked Lady Tigers dropped a 25-18, 24-26, 19-25, 18-25 decision to Class 3A No. 2 Callisburg Tuesday night at the Advantage Sports Complex — home of the TAV volleyball club — in Carrollton.
With the loss, the streak ends at 37. When the Texas Girls Coaches Association rankings are released next week, it will most assuredly drop the Lady Tigers out of the No. 1 spot they have held since Aug. 21.
“I hope this relieves the pressure,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “But I also hope it shows them that at any point if we don’t come ready to play we can get beat.”
The Lady Tigers (37-1, 6-0) entered the match on the highs of highs after beating Class 4A No. 3 and district rival Midlothian Heritage in four sets Friday night at Tiger Arena. Despite ending the 37-match streak, which was the longest in the state of Texas this year, the Lady Tigers’ 18-match District 8-4A winning streak is still intact.
Glen Rose, which won the district championship with a 12-0 record last year, begins the second half of district play Friday (Oct. 7) when it travels to Alvarado for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with the Lady Indians. The Lady Tigers won the first meeting between the two teams on Sept. 12, 25-6, 25-6, 25-10.
On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers, who had beaten Callisburg in four sets at the Denton Ryan ASC Nike Invitational earlier in the season, uncharacteristically committed 34 hitting errors and six service errors — essentially giving the Lady Wildcats two sets on just errors alone.
“Callisburg wasn’t doing anything to us,” Langford said. “We were making it hard on ourselves to convert. We weren’t hitting the open shots, we weren’t running any kind of offense and we were just patting the ball.”
The Lady Tigers had an abysmal hitting percentage of .084 in Tuesday’s match.
“The girls just walked in tonight not ready to play and I could tell getting off the bus,” Langford said. “I have never seen that from them this year.”
Libby Hinton led Glen Rose with a team-high 16 kills, while Logan Smith and Ally Address added nine kills each. Defensively, Laiken McAnear and Andress had two blocks each.
Four Lady Tigers registered double-digit digs led by Smith (21), Madi Mooney (18), Emma Bozarth (15) and Mallory Rogers (10). Rogers and Bozarth also had 16 and 15 assists, respectively.
The Lady Tigers trailed for most of the first set before a service ace by Smith tied the set at 17. From there, Glen Rose outscored Callisburg 8-1 to take the first set.
It appeared the Lady Tigers would take a commanding two-set lead when they were leading the second set 24-23, but Callisburg strung together three straight points to steal the set.
From there, the match went downhill for the Lady Tigers.
Set 3 was tied at 14 before the Lady Wildcats scored three straight points to take the lead for good at 17-14. The Lady Tigers only managed five more points the rest of the set in losing 25-19.
With the aid of three Glen Rose errors, Callisburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the decisive fourth set and the Lady Tigers weren’t able to recover. Glen Rose scored four straight points late in the set to cut the lead to 20-16, but that was as close as it would get.
In the 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 win over Midlothian Heritage in front of a great home crowd Friday night, the Lady Tigers had three players reach double-digits in kills led by Smith (18), Bryanna Lytle (15) and Hinton (10). As a team, the Lady Tigers hit overcame a .158 hitting percentage (54 kills, 27 hitting errors) to beat the Lady Jags, who entered the match with a 13-match winning streak.
“The girls knew to have fun but stay focused as well,” Langford said of the homecoming week win over the Lady Jags. “I felt like we should have taken Game 3 but glad we battled back (and) won Game 4.”
Bozarth led the Lady Tigers with a team-high 28 assists, while Lytle and Hinton had two blocks each and Lytle and Smith added two service aces each.
In the first meeting between the two teams in the championship match of the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament in Argyle, the Lady Tigers beat Heritage by an almost identical score of 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23.