Every game was just beyond reach of the Glen Rose Lady Tigers as they fell 3-0 to the visiting Gatesville Hornets in District 7-3A volleyball play on Tuesday.
“We’ve really improved,” said Glen Rose Head Coach Linda Waggoner. “We were in every game, and then, all of a sudden, we miss a serve or give a free point.”
The Lady Tigers started the first contest by maintaining at least a three-point lead throughout the beginning of the match, until the score reached 14-11.
After that it got out of control for the Lady Tigers.
Gatesville outscored Glen Rose 9-2, with the help of three kills and six Glen Rose mistakes, to make the score 20-16 in favor of the Hornets.
The only points the Lady Tigers could manage the rest of the way came from Gatesville miscues as the Hornets took the game, 25-18.
“We have to be more consistent,” said Waggoner. “We have to stop making unforced errors and make them make the errors.”
Game two stayed relatively close from the get-go.
Glen Rose was within one at 10-9, before the Lady Tigers sent it out of bounds to give the serve and the ball back to the visitor.
The teams swapped the next few points to tie the contest up at 14-14.
Gatesville then connected on eight straight points to unknot the tie. The Hornets took the lead on a service ace, two kills and five Glen Rose mistakes to lead 22-14.
Glen Rose did manage to outscore the Hornets over the next seven points on a Bridget Burns kill, Dora Ibarra service ace, and two Gatesville errors, but the deficit was too much , as the Lady Tigers dropped the contest, 25-18.
In the third contest, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a two-point lead of 8-6 behind the serves of Brielle Nicholson, Ashton Edwards and Ibarra.
After Gatesville tied the score at 8-8, Glen Rose outscored the Hornets 7-2 to stretch their lead to 15-10.
However, the Lady Tigers were, again, subject to errors.
Gatesville went on a 10-5 run with six of their points coming off Glen Rose mistakes, bringing the score to 20-20. The Hornets would eventually win the contest 25-23, and the match, 3-0.
The Lady Tigers are now 2-2 in 7-3A and will finish up the first round of district on Friday when they travel to West.
“We still have to play West and we’re just going to take one game at a time,” said Coach Waggoner. “We need to beat West in West, and it’ll help us a lot if we could do that.”