The Tolar Lady Rattlers got into the double-digit victory column Tuesday and they did so in thrilling fashion, coming from behind for a 14-25, 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13 win at Keene.
With the victory, the Lady Rattlers improved to 10-18 overall and 2-7 in District 10-2A competition.
Madeline Dawson, Madison Prichard Warren and Reagan Mabery each had six kills to account for more than half of the team’s 34 total. Meg Gilliam had 2.5 blocks and Prichard Warren added two.
Setting teammates up for kills were Shelby Nunley (15) and Magen Collie (14), who combined for 29 assists.
As a team, Tolar had 121 defensive digs to frustrate Keen. The Lady Rattlers were led by Hannah Lee with 28 and Mabery with 21.
“The girls really stepped up and survived many long rallies,” said Tolar coach Scotty Miller.
“Carson King, Cheyenne Clark and Kailee Brock took on new jobs and were the difference between us winning and losing.
“I really don’t think we’ve had a bad practice. I am happy with their effort even when hope was something far off.
“We are a young program. Of the 29 playing, 22 are underclassmen, and our eighth-grade group is very talented and improving rapidly. Things could be real fun around here in time.”
Tolar defeated Keene 14-25, 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 15-12
Aces – Madison Prichard Warren 2. Team total 4.
Kills – Prichard Warren 6, Madeline Dawson 6, Reagan Mabery 6, Hannah Lee 5. Team total 34.
Blocks – Meg Gilliam 2.5, Prichard Warren 2. Team total 5.
Assists – Shelby Nunley 15, Magen Collie 14. Team total 33.
Digs – Lee 28, Mabery 21, Carson 20. Team total 121.
Tolar record – 10-18, 2-7 in 10-2A.
LADY PIONEERS FALL TO WFND
The North Central Texas Academy Lady Pioneers dropped a home match to Wichita Falls Notre Dame Tuesday, 25-22, 25-16, 25-11.
The loss dropped the Lady Pioneers to 6-14. Since dropping their first nine matches to open the season, however, they are 6-5.
“The first time we played them (WFND), we let intimidation get the best of us, but this time we decided that we were just not going to let them have this match without a fight,” said NCTA coach Kari Yeager. “And we did fight, and gave them a great scare in the first two games. Overall, it was quite an improvement for the Lady Pioneers.”
The Lady Pioneers were led by Cynthia Rivas, who psted five kills and five blocks. Also, Carolina Bianchi had three blocks.
“Both of these girls had fantastic games at the net,” said Yeager.