The Lady Tigers picked up their 2nd win of the season when they hosted McLean County last Tuesday night, Aug. 24.
The teams have not met since 2016 when the Lady Tigers sent McLean home in straight sets keeping them below 10 points each set.
The Lady Tigers pulled away early in the first set 7-2, but the Lady Cougars managed to tie the game back up 9-9 serving six consecutive points. A timeout broke Riley Hudson’s serve giving Caldwell a reprieve. Mary Tays got the Tigers back on track with some impressive digs. She posted a total of 19 between all 3 sets. Caldwell had a 10-1 spurt before an out of bounds serve ended the run 19-0. McLeans’s Addison Hord served Caldwell a series of 3 aces before adjustments were made and the Lady Tigers made their final burst that ended the first set 25-18.
The Lady Tigers opened up the second set on a 7-2 run before McLean County could get into a rhythm. Addison Hord serving up aces and Claire Hudson with some impressive digs tied the set up 14-14. A block by Cheyenne Kissinger actually gave the Lady Cougars the lead 16-15. The Lady Cougars held the lead or were tied up until the final points of the round. An ace from Claire Knoth put the Lady Tigers up 25-24 and Savannah Scott killed the final point to win the set 26-24.
Caldwell led the third set from the beginning but never by more than a point. When the Lady Tigers began to pull away 17-14, McLean County called a timeout hoping to shutter the scoring spree. Kynady Thomas, Brylee Butts, and Katie Menser killed McLean County efforts to return the ball and kept the Lady Tigers rolling 21-14. Eventually Caldwell County would pull away 25-19 for the win.
Kynady Thomas had seven kills and two blocks. Mary Tays had 19 digs, two kills and two aces. Claire Knoth had eight digs, one ace and one kill. Maggy Grigss had five aces and two digs. Adison Sullenger had 24 assists, three aces and two digs. Savannah Scott had seven kills and a dig.