It may appear a little strange when a team with just one loss seems to be in a rut, but for the last dozen matches or so, that’s where the No. 4-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers have been.
In their two matches since dropping their only match of the season and falling from No. 1 in the state rankings, the Lady Tigers appear to be back on the upswing after beating Alvarado 25-12, 25-18, 25-12 Friday night and Waxahachie Life School 25-15, 25-2, 25-13 Tuesday.
“We’re rested, can breathe and ready to go,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “We’re back to doing things and doing them well. We are making things happen rather than sitting back waiting for something to happen.”
With the two wins, the Lady Tigers improved to 39-1 overall and 8-0 in District 8-4A play. With the playoffs looming as well as the possibility of a second consecutive undefeated district season and the No. 1 seed, the Lady Tigers have adopted the one-game-at-a-time attitude.
“We know this is the time to really focus on ourselves doing some last-minute tweaking,” Langford said.
Glen Rose will host Venus Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Godley next Tuesday at 6 p.m. before closing out the regular season with crucial road matches at Stephenville and No. 2 Midlothian Heritage.
“Every team has their highs and lows in a season physically and mentally, and I think we are through that now and are ready to roll,” Langford said.
Junior outside hitter Logan Smith led the Lady Tigers with 16 kills in the sweep over the Lady Mustangs Tuesday night, while senior right side Laiken McAnear tallied a season-high nine kills. Junior middle blocker Libby Hinton added eight and senior middle blocker Ally Address added seven.
Leading 10-9 in the first set, the Lady Tigers went on an 11-3 run thanks in part to two kills each from McAnear, Smith and Hinton to put the set out of reach and win going away at 25-15.
In Set 2, Hinton went to the service line with the Tigers leading 4-2 and she reeled off 21 straight service points, including four of her five aces in the match. Andress recorded four kills and a solo block in the set and Smith also had four kills.
In the final set, Bryanna Lytle, who had five service aces in the match, served six straight points to push the Lady Tigers out to a 7-1 lead and they never looked back in posting the 25-13 win. Smith had seven kills in the set and Hinton scored four.
For the match, the Lady Tigers finished with 40 kills with just 10 hitting errors (.330 hitting percentage). They also had four blocks — two by Andress. Setter Emma Bozarth added 31 assists.
Against Alvarado, Smith led the Lady Tigers with 10 kills, while Hinton and Lytle added six and five kills, respectively. Bozarth tallied a team-high 16 assists while Mallory Rogers added 11.