The JV Lady Tigers are good enough that their B-game will beat most teams.
That B-game was sufficient against Alvarado in game one (25-20) on Tuesday, and then Glen Rose’s A-game resulted in a 25-11 game-two victory. The JV Lady Tigers are now 15-4.
While Glen Rose made its way to 19-16 in game one on the strength of six service points from Madison Morrow, coach Deanna Bozarth wasn’t thrilled with what she’d seen.
“We served horrible in game one with about six missed serves; we were just giving it to them,” she said. “I was surprised by that. The game was close back-and-forth, and it was mainly about our unforced errors.”
At 19-17, Lexi Crabtree delivered a kill and immediately served up three-straight aces for a commanding 23-17 lead. A Bryse Brownen tip closed out the first game (25-20).
“That run from Lexi was a key reason we won that game,” Bozarth said. “We hopefully got all the bad stuff out of our system and still won it. Between games, I told them we have to serve to give ourselves a chance to score points. We started doing that better in game two.”
Glen Rose got to experience some exciting long rallies in that first game, but Bozarth wasn’t looking for such a grueling workout.
“I look at those long points like we should put the ball away sooner,” she said.
The coach certainly seemed to get her team’s attention, as Lexi Crabtree’s serving (ace) gave her team a 6-0 lead. On the way to 14-2, Olivia Banz (2 aces) and Madison Morrow (block, kill, tip) gave their team a spark.
“Lexi is always a threat with that jump serve,” Bozarth said.
After a five-point Alvarado run, Glen Rose ripped off seven points in a row – two Jarissa Keller kills, two Morrow aces, a Lexi Crabtree block and Meghan Branham’s second kill of the game each factored into the equation for a 21-7 lead.
“Meghan had a really good night with several excellent kills,” the coach said. “Jarissa has a really good vertical and when she gets up, she can put (the ball) away. Madison served really good in the second game, and I also thought Shannon Croft played pretty good defense on back row.”
Keller had another kill in those final points and then a Banz block sealed the deal (25-11).
The JV Lady Tigers will now face host Stephenville on Friday after the varsity match. Stephenville won a very competitive match in three games last time.
“I always had high expectations for this team,” Bozarth said. “I think we can play as well as we did against Stephenville last time and come out on top Friday.”
The Freshman Lady Tigers moved to 12-6 on the season with a 25-20, 20-25 and 25-17 win over Alvarado. In game one, top servers were Sabrina Watson (6 points) and Madison Smith (5).
In game two, prime servers were Madison Gibson (6) and Smith (4). Game three standout servers were Brittan Grace (4) and Bailey Brown (4).