JOSHUA — After going 4-2 at the Wimberley Tournament to open the 2019 volleyball season, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers had a little momentum heading into their Tuesday night contest at Joshua, but they couldn’t maintain it, however, as they dropped a 16-25, 26-24, 15-25, 17-25 decision to the Lady Owls.
The Lady Tigers (4-3) defeated Hondo and East Chambers to close out the gold consolation bracket play with a pair of victories on Saturday.
“I don’t feel like we played with the same energy and fire we played with this last weekend,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said following the loss to the Lady Owls.
Glen Rose will look to get back on track on the opening day of the Glen Rose Tournament on Thursday when it plays Tolar ( 8 a.m.), La Vega (10 a.m.), Castleberry (12 p.m.) and Nolan Catholic (1 p.m.) at Tiger Arena.
“We need to have constant communication, fire and fight, and each player needs to pick one skill or aspect of the game that they are involved in and minimize their errors and focus on doing it well and consistently,” Langford said.
The Lady Tigers will play a single match against Sanger on Friday at 6 p.m., before closing out tournament play Saturday. Opponents and times will be determined after the completion of Friday’s action.
In the loss to the Lady Owls on Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers never held a lead in the first set. They did get within a couple of points but unforced errors hurt the Lady Tigers in the 16-25 loss in Set 1.
Three early kills by sophomore Mallory Goff gave the Lady Tigers an early 5-2 lead in Set 2. Joshua fought back at took a three-point lead at 12-9. Glen Rose scored the next four points with the last three coming on kills by freshman Matti Young and sophomore Cam Hinton, and a service ace from senior Taylor Fellers to lead 13-12.
Glen Rose led 20-17 only to see the Lady Owls score seven of the next nine points to lead 24-21. Sophomore Brooklyn Vara and junior Alexis Mims recorded back-to-back kills and Joshua committed three consecutive errors leading to the 26-24 GR win in the set.
Goff finished with four kills in the set, while Young, Hinton and Mims had three each. Emma Lozier had a pair of services aces.
The Lady Tigers never led in Set 3 in losing 15-25. They pulled to within one at 14-15 on a pair of Hinton services aces, but they managed just one more the rest of the set. And in the final set, they only led one time at 1-0 in losing 17-25.
“Once we fix the unforced, situational and non-communication errors on our side, we will play as a solid team,” Langford said. “We have to be able to play more than one ball and stay focus through a rally.”
Fellers led the team with seven kills, while Goff and Mims had six, while Hinton and Vara had five each.
In Wimberley, the Lady Tigers went 2-1 on the first day in posting wins over Comfort (25-15, 25-14) and Lee Academy (25-9, 25-6) before losing to LBJ-Laredo (19-25, 18-25) to finish second on their pool.
On the final day, the Lady Tigers opened gold consolation pool play with a loss to Canyon Lake (23-25, 20-25) before rebounding to beat Hondo (22-25, 25-22, 25-8) and East Chambers (25-23, 25-21) to close out the tournament.