Through the first weekend of the season, the Lady Tigers put their considerable potential on display.
Glen Rose (4-2) went 3-0 Saturday, Aug. 17 to win the silver bracket of the Grandview Tournament. The winning streak came a day after Glen Rose went 1-2 with losses to 1A No. 1 Leon and 3A No. 8 Springtown.
“When I first saw who we’d be playing (Friday), I knew we had the hardest pool, but it was good experience and the girls saw we could play with those teams,” said coach Laura Korenek. “I think it was good for us to wind up in the silver bracket because it helped the young girls gain confidence and we worked out the kinks as a team.”
Glen Rose defeats Fort Worth Castleberry 25-23 and 25-15
The Lady Tigers survived a tight game one to start the day off right.
“Castleberry is a much better team than they were last year,” the coach said. “We didn’t play our best, but I think we were awake by the second game and we did better.”
Top servers in game one were Meredith Odom (5 points) and Cheyenne Harton (4).
“Meredith is pretty good at placing her serves,” Korenek said of Odom, who was serving for the first time at the varsity level. “She almost never misses. Now that she’s serving, Meredith is having to play back row for the first time and she made some good diving saves.”
In game two, top servers were Kayla Goebel (10) and Kelsey Potter (7).
“Kayla went on a 10-point streak in game two,” Korenek said. “Even when they called a timeout, Kayla came right back with an ace. She was on the ball serving.
“I have to say Kelsey and Kayla were both really great all day (Saturday) in terms of hitting. They had a lot of kills.”
Harton was playing at a high level.
“Cheyenne played libero and did a excellent job on defense,” Korenek said. “She is doing great, and being a senior she’s really trying to take control as a leader. Cheyenne has a tricky serve that curves and teams have a hard time with it.”
Glen Rose defeats Waco Connally 25-6 and 25-18
Harton was the top server in game one (8) and game two (5).
“We served really tough and Connally struggled with that,” the coach said. “They have some strong hitters, but our serving kept those girls from getting involved.”
Connally was much more competitive in game two, but it wasn’t enough.
“They played a lot better in game two, but we did have five missed serves,” Korenek said. “We’re serving tougher as a team this year, so you’re going to have more misses.”
Glen Rose defeats Alvarado 25-15 and 25-12
In the silver bracket championship, the Lady Tigers played a complete game against a familiar foe.
“The girls were really fired up about getting a chance to play (Alvarado) this year,” Korenek said. “It meant a lot to the girls to beat them like we did. We played really hard and it was our best match of the year so far.”
In game one, Sophie Bozarth and Maysen Mapes each served four points. In game two, Bozarth served six and Potter added four.
“Sophie served really tough, and she also had her first stuff block (on varsity), which got her pretty fired up,” Korenek said.
The coach said Sabrina Watson was strong regarding service-receive in the win. She added that Harton continued to improve defensively throughout the day. Korenek was pleased with the setting of Mapes and Bozarth Saturday.
“Our setting was good all day and we were able to run our quick offense especially well against Alvarado,” she said. “That helped Madi (Gibson) and Olivia (Banz) each have several kills.”
The Lady Tigers return to the court Tuesday in Mineral Wells. They will take on Mineral Wells at 4 p.m. and then face Joshua.
“We have to play our best against the strong teams,” Korenek said. “We have a busy week ahead.”