GLEN ROSE — Logan Smith recorded a double-double with 20 digs and 15 kills, and Libby Hinton added 15 kills and four blocks in leading the second-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers to a 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20 season-opening with over Peaster on Monday night at Tiger Arena.
“I thought we played well for our first match after having two days of practice and only one session of team practice,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “Our skills that are somewhat rusty, we are having to work through in games instead of practices because of the way our season falls this year.”
Roughly 12 hours later, the Lady Tigers boarded a plane to Hawaii where they will participate in the prestigious Ann Kang Invitational Thursday-Saturday in Honolulu.
“The Hawaii tournament is going to be very tough but exciting,” Langford said. “Typically, this tournament has monster defense and a very quick offense. We are wanting this to transition us into a faster offense and attack at different angles in order to score.”
The Lady Tigers will play at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (all times central) against Village Christian (CA), Hawaii Baptist Academy and Newport Harbor (CA) on Thursday, respectively, and on Friday, they will play at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. against Mira Costa (CA), Moanalua (HA) and Boswell (TX), respectively.
The Lady Tigers will look to build off the momentum of Monday’s win over the Lady Greyhounds.
“A win against a good program and at home is always a nice way to start,” Langford said. “We had a very large eager crowd so the girls were nervous. They feel pressure, but pressure in a good way. Our community is awesome, and they just as excited for this as we are.”
In addition to Smith and Hinton, who hit .520 (15 kills, 25 attempts, two hitting errors), Bryanna Lytle added nine kills and 12 digs, while Taylor Fellers had a nice line with 14 assists and 10 digs in the win over Peaster. Mallory Rogers added a team-high 28 assists and seven digs, and Maddie Mooney added nine digs.
“Although we have a few new faces, a few key experienced players return,” Langford said. “They are learning a new role and having to take on a leadership role that the Bozarths and Ally Andress held for as long as these girls have been a part of the program.”
In the opening set, the Lady Tigers jumped put to a 6-1 lead only to see the Lady Greyhounds tie the set at 9-9. Hinton and Smith added three kills each in Glen Rose’s next nine points to build a 17-12 lead before winning 25-18 on a kill by Hanna Griffin.
The two teams were tied at 11-11 in Set 2 before the Lady Tigers went on a 6-2 run to stretch the lead 17-13. Smith and Sara Walton combined for a block to close out the set at 25-19.
The Lady Greyhounds led 2-1 early in Set 3 and Glen Rose tied it three times — with the latest coming at 19-19 — but the Lady Tigers weren’t able to get over the top in losing 25-21.
In the decisive final set, Hinton had three kills, Smith had one, Smith and Fellers added a block and Lytle recorded a service ace to push the Lady Tigers out to a 9-2 lead. Peaster made it somewhat interesting at 23-18 before Hinton closed out the set and match with a kill.
“I do think there will be some trial and error working through trying to find the perfect fit rotation wise,” Langford said.
The Lady Tigers are back at home Tuesday, Aug. 14 when they host Joshua. JV begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity will immediately follow. They will then host the Glen Rose Tournament Aug 16-18 with a 5 p.m. Friday home meeting with Sanger at Tiger Arena.