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Lady Tigers defeat Panthers in 3 games

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012

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Dezirae Nelee blocks the ball against her Superior opponents in Thursday’s home game.

Globe — On Thursday, Oct. 4 the Lady Tigers played Superior’s Lady Panthers for the first time this season, each time eager to come away with the win and upping their records. Globe’s head coach, Katie Jo Lorenzen, has been trying a few different things this season, switching up the girls’ positions and running a slightly different lineup as far as placement of the players and the girls have adapted beautifully. Their new strategy proved well worth it in Thursday’s match when their communication, defense and overall performance won them the match with a 3-0 score, defeating the Panthers and taking one step further down the road to excellence in this year’s volleyball season.

In game 1, Globe wasted no time in attacking their opponent’s formidable defense. Senior Jessica Dorame was especially effective, with some fantastic set ups by teammates Kelsea White and Savannah Barajas, who also played some good offense, hitting from the net and making the Panthers really work to stay in the match. The first match was won by the Tigers with a score of 25-13.

In game 2 the Panthers pushed back, adjusting their own lineup and coming back with a few impressive hits of their own. At first the Lady Tigers easily gained the lead but the Panthers clawed their way back and tied up the game with a score of 12-12. The ladies went point for point after this until Globe’s defense came together in the end, making some fantastic saves and allowing their offense to do its work. The Tigers won the second match, 25-20.

The third and final game proved the most challenging for the girls of Globe. The Panthers took the lead starting out, gaining a four point advantage over the Tigers; however, after some inspiring words from their coach and a newfound sense of importance, the Tigers were able to bounce back and take the win 25-19. This win is what the girls needed at this point and their hard work has without a doubt shone through in their past few games.

Senior Ronnie Begay had a superb performance with 37 digs, while fellow senior Jessica Dorame led the Tigers in kills. She also played a new position in which she did a fine job. Junior Kelsea White again proved key in this victory with 11 assists and some very nice saves and set ups and Kylie Begay walked away with 15 aces for the night.

Coach Lorenzen was happy to comment on her girls’ exceptional performance, saying: “We made a big lineup change tonight and everyone did a very good job. We moved a lot of the outside players to the middle and middle players to the outside and I think it really benefitted us. It’s good to see the girls walk away with a win; they came in here tonight really wanting it and they earned it. I’m very proud of them.”

The girls of Globe played again in San Carlos against the Lady Braves on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Next up, they will travel to Superior on Oct. 11 for another game with the Panthers. They will play at home again on Oct. 16 against Cibecue. Congratulations on the victory, girls, and keep up the good work.

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