GARLAND — The historic run for the Glen Rose Lady Tigers volleyball team came to an end Thursday night with a 25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13 loss to Argyle in the Class 4A state semifinals at the Curtis Culwell Center.
With the loss, the second-ranked Lady Tigers end the season at 48-2, finishing with the most wins and fewest losses in school history, in any sport. Along the way, the Lady Tigers won the Nike Denton Ryan Invitational, the Sawyer Camillo Memorial and the Glen Rose Tournament; went undefeated in district play for the second straight year; and advanced to the final four for the first time in school history.
“We had an incredible season,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “We went somewhere Glen Rose has never gone before.”
Junior Logan Smith, who was named to the state all-tournament team, led the Lady Tigers with 22 kills and 25 digs, while junior Libby Hinton added 19 kills.
"They played solid and smart," Langford said. "They found a way to get the kills we needed from them."
Bryanna Lytle finished with eight kills and 25 digs.
Needville, which defeated Liberty Hill in four sets Friday morning in the other 4A semifinal, won the state championship Saturday in straight sets over Argyle, 25-14, 25-18, 25-12.
For the first time this season, the Lady Tigers trailed 0-2 in a match, but they battled back and extended the match to five games for the third time this year.
“We came back from 0-2 with guts, grit and heart,” Langford said. “Although we didn’t play our best game, we never stopped trying.”
In the decisive fifth set, the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Lady Eagles bounced back with four straight points to take the lead at 4-3. In the final set alone, there were six ties and three lead changes.
Argyle eventually took the largest lead of the set at 11-8 following a pair of Glen Rose errors. The Lady Tigers, however, tied the set on an Argyle hitting error, a kill by Smith and a service ace by Lytle, and took a 12-11 lead on a kill by Emma Bozarth on a setter dump.
The Lady Eagles scored three straight points to lead 14-12 before Hinton stopped the run with a kill, but the Lady Eagles eventually won it at 15-13 with a kill.
Glen Rose hit just .073 (10 kills, 7 errors) in the fifth set compared with a .226 hitting percentage from Argyle (8 kills, 1 error).
For the match, the Lady Tigers hit .140 (58 kills, 27 errors), while Argyle hit .174 (64 kills, 27 errors). The Lady Eagles had 10 service aces to Glen Rose’s three, and they also outblocked the Lady Tigers 7-4.
In the first set, the Lady Tigers took the 1-0 lead on a kill by Hinton, but the Lady Eagles responded with four straight points and never trailed again in the set. They led by as many as eight points at 21-13 before the Lady Tigers rallied back to within two at 23-21 and again at 24-22. Argyle eventually took the set 25-22.
In the stretch to get back in it, Hinton had three kills, Lytle had two and Smith and Laiken McAnear had one.
The second set had 14 lead changes and nine ties. Glen Rose led 18-16 but the Lady Eagles rallied with a 9-1 run — thanks in part to three service aces — to take the set 25-19.
With their backs to the wall, the Lady Tigers never trailed in the third set, although the set was tied three times. With the set tied at 15-15, the Lady Tigers put it away with a 6-1 run fueled by two kills and a block by Hinton, a kill from Lyle and two errors by Argyle.
The Lady Eagles cut the lead to two at 24-22 before a kill by Smith ended the set at 25-22.
In the fourth set, the Lady Tigers appeared to be in dire straits trailing 18-12, but they slowly chipped away at the lead with a kill and service ace by Smith, a kill by Ally Andress and a kill by Hinton to pull within four at 21-17.
Trailing 22-19, the Lady Tigers got two straight kills from Smith and one by Hinton to tie the set at 22-22. Glen Rose then took a two-point lead on an Argyle error and a kill by Hinton. After Argyle scored to make to 24-23, Smith won the set with a kill.
“We were passing better and could run our offense,” Langford said of the wins in Set 3 and Set 4. “The first two games we stayed on defense majority of the time.”
Bozarth led the Lady Tigers with 27 assists and 12 digs and Mallory Rogers added 17 assists and 13 digs. Andress led the Lady Tigers with three blocks, and Taylor Fellers tallied three kills.