It was a five-set nail-biter earlier in the season when the Lady Tigers ventured to Webster County to face the Lady Trojans last Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers eventually put Webster away 17-15 in the 5th set. After losing the first two sets, the Lady Tigers found themselves on the wrong side of back-to-back unreturnable points, dropping the final set 16-18.
Webster County led the entire first set eventually winning 25-19. Caldwell came within 13-16 in the second set, but a late Lady Trojan run turned into a 25-15 win in the 2nd set as well.
Caldwell jumped out to a 4-3 lead in the 3rd set but the Lady Trojans battled back to tie things up 10-10. A 7-1 run gave the Lady Tigers a nice 17-11 cushion which Claire Knoth finished off with back-to-back aces to win the set 25-19
Caldwell had Webster down 9-3 prompting a Webster County timeout in the 4th set. The Lady Tigers stretched the lead 13-5 before the Lady Trojans’ resistance slowly took effect. Nearing the matches end, Webster had trimmed the lead 19-16 and eventually to a mere point 23-22 before the last Tigers took a timeout to regroup. Out hitting the Lady Trojans, Caldwell won the set 25-23 sending the match into a 5th set.
It looked like another 2nd Region championship was in the making with the Lady Tigers just a point away, 14-10. Out of bounds hits paired with nerves helped Webster tie things up 14-14.
Things turned in Webster’s favor when Kylie Hardison’s serve looked out but hit the back line, giving Webster the 16-15 lead.Tays hit shored things back up 16-16, but Caldwell couldn’t return the final two points. Webster County won the 5th set 18-16.
Claire Knoth led Caldwell County with 30 digs followed by Savannah Scott with 18 and 17 kills. Mary Tays had 16 kills and 15 digs in the five-set match. Adison Sullenger finished the night with 45 assists and nine digs.