It wasn’t a blowout, but Lady Tiger volleyball left no doubt in Tolar Friday evening.
Glen Rose (12-4) won a couple of close games on the way to an Aug. 30 sweep: 25-21, 25-15 and 25-20.
“Tolar played really well against us, especially with their serving,” said coach Laura Korenek. “Their serving made it difficult for us to really get going. They’ve improved.”
Junior standout Kelsey Potter remained out with an injury. She could return next week.
“Right now, it’s created an opportunity for other girls to get more playing time and improve,” the coach said.
Game one could’ve gone either way. Sophie Bozarth led Glen Rose with six service points.
“We struggled early in that game and they actually led 9-7 at one point,” Korenek said. “We weren’t really in a groove and we had to work to win that first game. Sophie served good and had a couple of kills. She also had some tips and push balls where she just found the gap on the floor to win points, so Sophie played a great game all the way around.”
In the convincing game two win, Maysen Mapes led the way with nine service points.
“I think it took a little out of Tolar in game two after they really tried to win game one,” Korenek said. “It was good to see that from Maysen because she was a very tough server last year and we haven’t seen a lot of that from her yet this season. She got on a roll and delivered some easy points for us. As a team we played pretty well in game two and served tough, while Tolar didn’t play very good.”
Tolar was still competitive in game three, but it couldn’t prevent the sweep. Cheyenne Harton led her club with six service points.
“They did a good job of rallying with us in game three to make sure we had to work for it,” Korenek said. “She’s on the court all the time as a libero, so Cheyenne is giving us good serving and a lot more. She’s trying to be a senior leader and plays as hard as she can, so I’m really proud of Cheyenne so far.”
The coach also made sure to praise middle blocker Meredith Odom.
“I thought Meredith played well from the start,” Korenek said. “She was solid on kills with three or more in every game.”
As the wins continue to accumulate, Korenek sees her team developing.
“I think the biggest thing is we’re coming together as a team,” she said. “We have so many young girls trying to fit in and they all support each other on the court. How we respond as a team to a challenge is what this season is about.”
The Lady Tigers will now host Brownwood Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
“That was one of our best matches last year, as far as our play,” Korenek said. “Brownwood should be tough with a lot of girls back. It should be exciting on Tuesday.”