Home court advantage sure did make a difference in district play between Glen Rose and Alvarado this season.
After sweeping Alvarado in Glen Rose, the Lady Tigers (24-12, 5-2) got swept in Alvarado Friday, Oct. 25 – 17-25, 23-25 and 17-25.
“We just could never get anything going,” said coach Laura Korenek. “We might have made a good play here and there, but we were always playing from behind. You can’t make any mistakes when you’re in that spot.”
Notable players in the loss were Kayla Goebel (10 kills), Kelsey Potter (6 kills), Meredith Odom (5 kills), Sophie Bozarth (4 kills, 7 assists), Cheyenne Harton (5 digs) and Maysen Mapes (6 assists).
Glen Rose trailed significantly for much of game one, although it pulled within 15-18 at one point. Most of the Lady Tiger points came on Alvarado errors, and the hosts didn’t make enough mistakes.
“When one team gets that close to game point, you have to make a push to try to pull even and go ahead,” Korenek said of 15-18.
In game two, the coach called a timeout at 1-7. As Glen Rose battled back to 12-13, Olivia Banz and Goebel (kill) each had a block.
“You can’t make any mistakes when you get down like that,” the coach said. “Our passing was really poor and that prevents you from making a comeback. It’s the first step of your offense.”
Alvarado was able to rebuild a slight cushion, as it had a lot of success placing the ball in between Glen Rose’s front and back row, as well as tipping away from blocks.
“Alvarado used a similar attack the last time we played them, but we did a better job moving our feet and getting to the ball in Glen Rose,” Korenek said. “They are really good at their tips and rolls, so they were able to put them in the right spots to make it hard to get a pass up. You have to give them credit, they just shouldn’t have gotten as many kills off of it as they did.”
As Glen Rose made a push all the way to 23-23, Goebel (3 kills, ace) and Odom (kill, 2 blocks) led the way. Alvarado then closed the game out on a lift and a net interference by Glen Rose.
“The girls worked hard and tried to battle back, but we shouldn’t have been in that spot to begin with,” Korenek said.
Glen Rose quickly fell behind again in game three at 5-14. As passing continued to be a major issue for the Lady Tigers, Alvarado was piling up kills off of attempted blocks by Glen Rose.
“If the other team is getting kills off our blocks, it’s usually because we’re late,” Korenek said. “Alvarado ran their offense quicker this (match) and it was tougher to get our blocks set.”
As Alvarado pushed its lead out to 21-10, its top player was on a roll.
“Their best girl played well throughout the match and that was a big factor,” the coach said. “She took charge of her team (Friday).”
Over the rest of the game, Goebel (3 kills, block) tried to bring her team back and Bozarth hit a kill with the match on the line, but it was too late.
“Kayla wanted the ball and called for it,” Korenek said. “She was doing what she could.”
The Lady Tigers close 7-3A action at district-leading Stephenville Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
“This might have been our worst match this year, and it’s frustrating to have it happen right before Stephenville,” Korenek said. “It’s trouble for our potential finish in the district race, so we need to beat Stephenville. It would guarantee us at least a top-two spot.”