With the season still two months away, Lady Tiger volleyball members of all ages are working to get better this summer.
“We have a lot of young girls who are looking to fill some (varsity) spots, so here they get a chance to play and see what each other can do,” said spectator Laura Korenek. “When you see who you’re competing against, it should motivate you to step up.”
On Tuesday, a Glen Rose team led by Kayla Goebel began the evening with a 25-12 and 25-7 victory over Tolar. Brenna Ibarra, Emma Bozarth and Brynna Taylor each had five-point serving streaks in the opening game.
“Emma is young and to see her serving well out there is good,” Korenek said.
Taylor had multiple kills in the game.
“Brynna’s hitting is really coming along,” Korenek said. “She and Kayla both got a lot of good sets against Tolar and had strong hits.”
Goebel had a kill, a block and a tip late in the game, but she also placed two volleys beyond the reach of the defense to seal it.
“Kayla seemed like she had a plan on those volleys she scored on, which is what you want,” Korenek said.
In game two, Madi Gibson served up three aces during an eight-point streak for 8-0.
“Madi is a real good all-around player, “Korenek said. “I’ve been impressed with her serve-receive and she had a couple of good kills in each game.”
On the way to 15-4, Taylor (kill), Bozarth and Goebel (kill) each served up an ace. Late in the clinching game, Ibarra and K.K. Aper each blasted an ace and then one more Taylor kill helped put Tolar away.
“K.K. has really put a lot of time on the court and it’s paying off,” Korenek said. “She feels comfortable and isn’t holding back.”
After the win, Team Goebel took on another Glen Rose squad led by Kelsey Potter. Korenek said that 14 players were out of town at cheer camp, but coaches attempted to make the teams even. The action was pretty close early, as Team Potter won 25-21 and 25-15.
In game one, Team Potter started fast (7-1) thanks to a five-point serving streak by Olivia Banz (2 aces). Team Goebel battled back to 9-9, as Aper (kill, ace) and Gibson (2 kills) were playing well.
As Team Potter pulled back out to an 18-13 lead, Sophie Bozarth (ace, tip) and Jarissa Keller (2 tips) were especially effective.
“Jarissa has size and she can jump, plus she has good timing on the block,” Korenek said.
Team Goebel didn’t give in, pulling even at 19-19 with consecutive kills by Gibson and Taylor. Down the stretch, Banz (2 kills) was sharp to close out the game for Team Potter.
“Olivia has gotten so much stronger, and you can tell she’s really been working,” Korenek said. “She’s a great server and good on the net. Service receive is what gave Kayla’s team the most trouble in that game, but they did a good job to hang in there. Overall, they don’t have as much experience as our other team.”
In game two, Team Potter really came roaring out of the gate at 13-3 thanks to Potter (3 kills, tip) and aces from Sophie Bozarth and Banz. On the way to 18-7, Sierra Armstrong delivered an ace for Team Potter. Credit Team Goebel with a spirited run to 20-15, as Goebel (kill, tip) tried to bring her team all the way back.
“They made a good rally there considering how far they got down,” Korenek said.
Potter (tip, kill) was making plays late in the game, however, and then a Keller tip helped put the match away.
“Kelsey kind of took charge to make sure her team finished it off,” Korenek said. “She can cover the floor like nobody else.”