While the Crittenden County Lady Rockets put up a valiant effort, it took just three sets for the Caldwell County Lady Tigers to knock them out in the opening round of the 2nd Region Volleyball tournament last Thursday. Caldwell County turned the Lady Rockets away 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 in their very own Rocket Arena.
Caldwell led for much of the fist set until Carly Porter tied it up 6-6 on a tip back over the net. Porter tied it up once again with a block making it 7-7. It was a back and forth match with both teams tied at 10 points until Mary Tays hit to the back right corner was unreturned. Caldwell had a solid five-point run making it 11-16 before Crittenden called for a timeout. The Lady Rockets held on 15-20 until Caldwell rattled down five straight points to close the set 25-16.
Caldwell shot out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Midway through the set Crittenden called for a reprieve with the Lady Tigers still ahead 12-5. Addison Sulleneger had back-to-back aces that edged the Lady Tigers ahead 16-7 which they extended 11-21 before Crittenden called for a timeout. Crittenden put up three straight points after the break and came as close as 19-24 before Savannah Scott’s hit to the left line sealed the deal 25-19.
Caldwell never looked back in the 3rd set leading 6-1, which they quickly extended to 15-5. The Lady Tigers held a nine-point advantage throughout the rest of the set, finishing the third set with the 25-16 win.
Tays led the Lady Tigers with 19 digs and 11 kills. Maggy Griggs had 13 digs and Sullenger had nine.
Sullenger led the team in assists with 27 and in aces with three. Katie Menser had two aces and Kyndra Winters had one.