Tough night in Joshua, Lady Tigers drop all three games to Owls

Travis M. Smith -- @travis5mith
Tough night in Joshua, Lady Tigers drop all three games to Owls

Tuesday night in Joshua will be one for all three Lady Tigers teams to forget. The Lady Owls of Joshua took all three games against Glen Rose, just a week after the Lady Tigers swept Western Hills for three victories.

The Lady Owls swept the freshmen team 25-22, 25-20, battled for a three-set win over the JV squad 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, and prevented the (3-4) Lady Tigers varsity team from ever finding their mojo in a four-set victory, 25-22, 25-16, 20-25.

Fresh off of a two-win, three-loss showing in a tournament that featured some of the top 5A and 6A schools in the DFW Metroplex, the game at times looked too slow for the Lady Tigers, and according to Glen Rose Head Coach Sandy Langford, that is not an uncommon occurrence following a tournament of the size as Denton Ryan’s.

“We played against some good 5A and 6A teams in a big gym, with lots of people, lots of games being played, and lots of whistles and sounds. Everything was just so fast,” Langford said. “We get in here, its quiet, not as active, and we just slowed our game down. We are just going to have learn to stay up, you know, we had to stop and think a little bit, where last week we did not have to think a lot because it was going so fast.

“In the long run the Denton tournament will help us, just not tonight. We have to turn around on Thursday and have to be ready to play our tournament. It might not be quite as fast [as the Denton Ryan tournament], but we are going to play some big teams, especially on Saturday.

Luckily for the varsity squad, they have a quick two-day turnaround before playing tournament host to 25 teams on Thursday and Saturday. In the meantime, team blocking will be the priority during practice, according to Langford. The Lady Tigers continue to play above the net, and as a team, accounted for 37 kills, however, they managed only six blocks during the four-set loss.

“We are going to really work on [positioning for blocks in practice]. We either weren’t together, our hips were off the net, sometimes we were too far on the net, and other times we were too far off the net. Blocking will definitely be a focus in practice.”

Sophie Bozarth led the Lady Tigers offensive attack with 10 kills, 14 assists, and three aces. Olivia Banz and Bryanna Taylor added eight and six kills each, respectively, and Emma Bozarth accounted 17 assists. Ally Andress (5), Madi Gibson (4), Laiken McAnear (2), Jaylan Evans (1), and Bryanna Lytle (1) also contributed in the kill department, Evans and Watson added an ace each, and Banz chipped in two assists.

The junior varsity was led in points scored by Breana Rosentreter with six kills, Meg Roberson with three blocks and a kill, and Kansas Simons with two kills. Annie Bryant and Sasha Payne each had two aces; Kiara Bruce had an ace of her own, and Haley Bankhead a kill.

Abby Johnson paced the freshmen with two kills, Justice McCrae and Courtney Morris had a kill each, Sarah Walton had the Lady Tigers lone block, and Natalie Gill and Sammy Hood each served-up an ace.