By Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
The Glen Rose Lady Tigers logged six matches, including a thrilling five-set victory over Iowa Park on Saturday, to open the first week of the season at a respectable 3-3.
"With us being very young we are going to lose some we shouldn’t," Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. "I felt like two of our loses we should have won, and with a little more experience, practice and chemistry we will be winning those with confidence."
In the process of beating Iowa Park, the Lady Tigers set or tied two school records while producing their best match of the season.
Three Lady Tigers had eight kills or more led by Matti Young’s team-high 15, while five Lady Tigers had 10 digs or more, and senior middle blocker Alexis Mims added eight blocks (seven block assists, one solo) in tying a school record for blocks in a match.
Junior libero Cam Hinton recorded a school-record 43 digs, breaking her record of 37 set on opening day against Sanger. Kylie Frush added 15 digs, and freshman setter Avery Gray had 15 assists and 13 digs, while Young and Lindsay Andress added 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
Setter Emma Lozier added 24 assists, and Brooklynn Vara added 10 kills.
"Iowa Park had just played a close match with Godley and they were mentally and physically tired," Langford said. "I liked how we moved the ball around to tire them out and force them to move."
As a team, the Lady Tigers compiled 49 kills, 114 digs and eight service aces with four coming from Hinton and two from Gray.
"Our defense was strong. We let very little hit the floor," Langford said. "Iowa Park was strong defensively as well, so we had some long rallies. We also hit some great shots to earn more of our points."
Glen Rose took the first and third sets 25-19, 25-20, while the Lady Hawks won the second and fourth sets 25-18, 25-13 to force the decisive fifth set.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a commanding 11-4 lead in the fifth set thanks in part to two aces from Gray and two kills from Ava Sehnert. Iowa Park made things interesting by cutting the Glen Rose lead to two at 13-11. Freshman middle Aimee Flippen had a kill down the stretch to increase the lead to 14-11 and Vara ended the match with a kill.
One day earlier, the Lady Tigers traveled to Tolar and beat the Lady Rattlers 25-13, 25-20, 25-21. Young led Glen Rose with 11 kills and Vara and Mims had eight each.
In a three-set loss to Godley Saturday morning at Tiger Arena, Young had 11 kills and Mims, Abby Koerner and Vara had four kills each.
On Monday, the Lady Tigers dropped a three-set match to China Spring.
The Lady Tigers will be back in action Friday when they host Henrietta at 6 p.m. (varsity match only). Then they will host Grandview and Fredericksburg Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
"We have three tough games ahead of us, and I want to see a lot of progress this weekend," Langford said.