Glen Rose finished up a very busy three days by winning consolation Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Peaster Invitational.
The Lady Tigers (16-8) began the day with a 21-25, 25-20 and 22-25 loss to host Peaster.
“We did not service-receive well or pass well against Peaster,” said coach Deanna Bozarth. “That made it hard to be really aggressive in our offense and that was the difference, along with some unforced errors.”
In game one, notable performers were Sophie Bozarth (6 service points, 6 assists), Olivia Banz (2 kills, 8 digs, block) and Kelsey Potter (5 kills, 5 digs).
“Olivia has just started playing back row, so it was good to see her getting some digs,” the coach said.
In game two, top stat producers included Goebel (4 kills, 4 points, 11 digs), Potter (2 kills, 4 points, 7 digs), Bozarth (3 kills, 5 assists, block) and Sabrina Watson (9 digs).
“We had to make a lot of defensive plays,” the coach said. “Kayla was playing all the way around and Sabrina was playing libero, so balls were coming to them frequently. They came up with the dig most of the time.”
In game three, Potter (3 kills, 8 points, 7 digs) and Watson (9 digs) allowed Glen Rose to nearly pull out the victory. A certain vocal senior who was out due to injury may have been able to make a difference.
“Cheyenne (Harton) is a talker on the court and directs traffic out there, so she has really been missed,” Bozarth said.
The Lady Tigers bounced back in a big way with a huge win over Perrin – 25-3 and 25-9. In the first game, Banz (8 points), Bozarth (8 points, 6 assists) and Watson (7 points, 3 digs) all served up a storm.
“I think we served well in that game obviously,” the coach said. “To keep it in play every time was the key. No matter who you are playing, if you don’t hit the ball over the net you won’t score. Olivia, Sophie and Sabrina all did a good job serving in that one and Perrin couldn’t get it back over the net.”
In game two, Watson erupted for 15 points. Goebel added three points and six digs.
“Sabrina has recently started serving for us, and I think she just built confidence as the day went along,” Bozarth said. “She kept them in nearly every time.”
The Lady Tigers then bested Mineral Wells in the consolation final – 25-22 and 25-21.
“I told the girls just because we had beaten Mineral Wells a couple of times this season, we still had to come out and take care of business,” Bozarth said. “They did that.”
Watson continued her personal roll in game one with 11 points and eight digs. Bozarth (2 kills, 5 points), Banz (3 kills, block) and Maysen Mapes (5 digs, 2 assists) helped pull out a close game.
“I think this was one of Sabrina’s best days of the season,” Bozarth said. “After having some trouble with her passing early (vs. Peaster), she kept getting better.”
In game two, Watson (13 digs), Bozarth (8 points, 5 assists) and Potter (3 kills, 6 digs) all had a say in the victory.
The Lady Tigers will return to the court Tuesday at Fort Worth Western Hills at 6:30 p.m.
“I think this past week was really hard for the team,” Bozarth said. “We played eight matches and worked out hard at practice, so rest is needed. I look at how close we played a good Peaster team even though we weren’t at our best. I think the girls have worked really hard, and now that we’ll just play on Tuesdays and Fridays the team should only get better from here on out.”