WACO — Since dropping two straight matches for the first time in four seasons, the No. 1-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers have reeled off four straights wins to up their record to 23-5.
“We have played stable and constant,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “We are working on shots, situations and perfecting our defense.”
Following their loss to Class 6A power Weatherford on Aug. 28, the Lady Tigers have beaten Brock and Lorena, and most recently, they took down Holliday in three last Friday at Tiger Arena and Waco Connally in Waco on Tuesday night.
“We are getting better,” Langford said. “We have had two weeks to really focus and learn more about each other, what the hitters like, and we have worked a lot of service receive, putting away the first ball on the first chance.”
The Lady Tigers have just two more matches before opening District 7-4A play next week, and the first of the two will be Friday at Springtown where they will meet the Class 5A Wichita Falls Rider Lady Raiders (23-6), who are ranked 10th in Class 5A. JV is set to begin at 5 p.m. with the varsity match immediately following.
“They run a fast offense with big hitters and scrappy defense,” Langford said. “We will get some work hitting around the block. I want to focus on blocking and bringing that in and together.”
On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers will host Robinson at Tiger Arena before opening district play at No. 14 Godley on Friday, Sept. 21.
“With each game we come together more as a team and our chemistry continues to grow stronger,” Langford said.
The Lady Tigers didn’t need much time in dispatching the Lady Cadets 25-8, 25-11, 25-6 Tuesday night. Logan Smith recorded 15 kills and Libby Hinton added 10 more in the match that last less than 45 minutes. Senior setter Mallory Rogers had 23 assists. As a team, the Lady Tigers recorded 18 service aces led by five from Maddie Mooney and four from Bryanna Lytle.
On Friday night, the Lady Tigers upended Holliday 25-20, 25-9, 25-8 behind 18 kills from Smith, seven service aces and 12 digs from Lytle and six kills from Hinton. Fellers and Rogers and 14 and 12 assists, respectively.