Lady Tiger volleyball hasn’t shied away from difficult tournament competition.
At 14-6, the team’s losses have come on three days at three different tournaments. The most recent pair of defeats occurred Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Peaster Invitational.
“When you win easily, it doesn’t do as much for your improvement as facing good teams,” said coach Laura Korenek. “It can be a reality check to let the girls know they have to keep working hard every day to improve our weaknesses.”
Glen Rose defeated Eastland 25-8 and 25-16
“We kept our errors down and served good against Eastland,” Korenek said. “It was a good start to the day.”
Sophie Bozarth had six aces, six assists and six kills.
“Sophie played great,” Korenek said. “We’re getting everything from her. She’s playing good defense, getting points for us on offense and helping across the board.”
Kayla Goebel contributed 10 digs and three blocks.
“Kayla played all the way around and the ball came to her a lot,” the coach said. “She did a good job to help us win that first game so big.”
Other notable contributors were Olivia Banz (4 aces), Maysen Mapes (6 assists), Kelsey Potter (4 kills) and Cheyenne Harton (7 digs).
“Olivia didn’t serve at the start of the year, but we tried her out and she’s a really tough server who gets us some easy points nearly every game,” Korenek said.
The match marked Potter’s return after she missed several matches due to injury.
“The girls were relieved to see her out there,” the coach said. “Right off the bat, she was able to get some points and we rely on her offense a lot.”
Glen Rose lost to Maypearl 23-25 and 21-25
“We didn’t expect to lose that one going in,” Korenek said. “We were down in the second game quite a bit and came back to at least make it reasonable. I was proud of how hard we fought. Maypearl didn’t have the big guns some schools have, but they had great ball control.”
Potter really found her game with 10 kills, seven digs and a block.
“For her first day to be playing and to play three matches, the fact Kelsey earned some points all day long was great,” Korenek said. “It shows her toughness and desire to pull her own weight. I was proud of her.”
Mapes tallied 11 assists.
“Maysen did a good job getting up good sets every time and spreading them out to different hitters,” the coach said.
Harton (9 digs, 2 aces), Goebel (4 kills), Banz (3 kills, 2 blocks) and Bozarth (7 assists) each played a role in the action as well.
Glen Rose lost to Springtown 19-25 and 17-25
For the second time this season, Glen Rose lost to the state’s No. 16 3A squad.
“We played much better against them this time,” Korenek said. “We still had some definite weaknesses against them, but Springtown also played better. I was proud of us for rising to the challenge and getting some more points against them than last time.”
Banz (4 aces, 3 blocks) found some success in the difficult matchup.
“That was impressive by Olivia to get some of those girls rattled,” Korenek said. “(Her aces) really helped us get some easy points. Blocking is Olivia’s thing. She works so hard on front row and I don’t think Springtown gets blocked very often.”
Other notable stat producers were Goebel (4 kills, 5 digs), Potter (3 kills, 8 digs, block), Mapes (5 assists), Bozarth (7 assists) and Sabrina Watson (6 digs).
The Lady Tigers return to the Peaster Invitational Saturday with the schedule to be determined. In the meantime, Glen Rose plays in China Spring at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
“If we want to be a team that contends in playoffs, we’ve got to improve on our ball control and defense,” Korenek said. “We can hit, but we have to get the ball to (the hitters better). Working on that first touch on the ball is our goal for the weekend.”