After 13 sets on the road, Glen Rose (10-4) finally made its 2010 home debut Friday.
Clifton made the trip to Tiger town and was sent away after three quick sets, 25-9, 25-17, 25-12.
“We haven’t beat Clifton in a couple years and the reason we were able to do it (Friday) is because of our hustle,” said Glen Rose head coach Linda Waggoner. “This team can make good things happen out of bad because of their hustle.”
The teams started out even with Glen Rose holding a slight 6-5 edge in the first set, but a 7-1 run by the Lady Tigers buried Clifton in a hole too deep to overcome.
The run was fueled by a pair of aces from Katie Uehlein and Teryl Dunn, and Clifton helped the Lady Tigers’ cause by committing errors.
Glen Rose jumped out to an early lead in the second set with three straight Uehlein aces.
Clifton pulled within two at 13-11, but every time they had a chance down the stretch, an error would end their rally. The Lady Tigers took advantage of the miscues with timely kills by Kaitlin West, Katy Irvin and Dunn.
In game three, Irvin got Glen Rose started with kills for three of the first four points.
Glen Rose let Clifton get back into the game at 7-5, but responded with five straight points and the lead was at least six the rest of the way.
Irvin led the team with nine kills while West and Uehlein each tallied six. Reilly Junge served up 15 points with four aces while Uehlein served up 10 points, including a team-leading five aces.
Glen Rose senior Samantha Strother stepped up big with seven blocks.
“Of all my players, (Strother) has improved the most,” said Waggoner. “She’s always been able to block, but now she’s more involved in the game. She’s passing, setting, doing a little bit of everything, and doing it well. She’s really come along, especially this past week.”
Strother has seen significant playing time in the middle of Waggoner’s lineup with the absence of senior Jessie Calkins.
“We’ll just have to see what happens when Jessie comes back from her injury,” said Waggoner. “But whatever happens, I know I’m going to have two great girls playing the middle and it’s going to be good for the team.”
Earlier last week, Glen Rose went to Mineral Wells for a tri-match against the Lady Rams and Eastland.
Glen Rose both opponents beginning with Mineral Wells by scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 25-19.
Irvin slammed down 18 kill shots against Mineral Wells while West and Uehlein scored on eight. Mika Kelly added two kills, two blocks and 20 passes.
In the match against Eastland, Glen Rose rolled, 25-12, 25-11, 25-20.
Junge served up 22 points, more than doubling the total of the next highest Lady Tiger (Uehlein, 10).
Glen Rose were in Godley on Tuesday and will take part in Dublin’s tournament this weekend. Times were undetermined at press time.