Globe — After starting their season off with a loss against Combs on Sept. 3, the Lady Tigers volleyball team turned things around in their home opener against Santa Cruz Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 5, beating the Dust Devils in four sets: 23-25, 25-10, 25-21, and 25-12.
The third set gave Globe the momentum they needed to shut down Santa Cruz.
The teams were tied almost the entire set, and they played virtually error-free volleyball.
There were 10 lead changes in the set, and neither team led by more than four points.
But key hits by middle blocker Trinity Jones and good defensive play gave the Tigers the set.
“We really started to focus on our serving and passing,” Tiger head coach Katie Lorenzen said. “We had a lot of passing errors in the first game so we couldn't get in a rhythm. After that we cut the errors out and were able to get in a rhythm.”
In the first set the Tigers and Dust Devils looked out of sync and lacked focus. Santa Cruz took an early 7-3 lead, but could not run away with the set because of all the errors they committed.
Ten of Globe’s 23 points came from errors — either bad serves or illegal hits.
“We still have a lot of little things to tweak. We need to cut down on some service errors and I want our transition game to be a little smoother,” Lorenzen said.
The sweltering heat in the gym did not help either team cut down on errors.
At one point in the game, one of the Junior Varsity players from Santa Cruz looked like she was passed out from the heat. The heat also effected the crowd, and many found it too hot to cheer.
“It was tough for them (Tigers) to give any energy or a whole lot of excitement because of how hot it was,” Lorenzen said. “They were trying to conserve energy, so I was just glad to get the win.”
The Tigers overcame the heat, and with the help of outside hitter Jerrica Hatch's five kills, setter Kylie Begay's 10 assists and right-side hitter Savannah Barajas' seven aces, were able to get the win.
Globe traveled to San Carlos on Tuesday, Sept. 10, but the score was not available by press time.
The Tigers’ next match will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, on the road against Superior.