Lady Tigers earn second area win

Published 6:33 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Demopolis junior Katie Marques returns a serve from Wilcox Central as her teammates look on.

Demopolis junior Katie Marques returns a serve from Wilcox Central as her teammates look on.

The Demopolis Lady Tigers volleyball team improved to 2-0 in their area with a straight sets win over Wilcox Central on Tuesday.

In the first match of a tri-match between Demopolis, Wilcox Central and Greensboro, the Lady Tigers were able to control the tempo of the match and win three sets to none (25-9, 25-2, 25-13).

In the first set, Demopolis stretched their lead from 11-6 to 17-6 with Madelyn Brooker serving. Wilcox Central had trouble getting Brooker’s serves back across the net, allowing Demopolis to take a commanding lead.

Madelyn Brooker serves for Demopolis.

Madelyn Brooker serves for Demopolis.

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The Lady Tigers added five more points with Napoleon Roberson serving to clinch the first set.

After giving up the first point of set two, the Lady Tigers went on a run of 21 straight points to take command of the set with Roberson serving. The Lady Tigers finished off the Lady Jaguars in the second set behind the serves of Ivery Moore.

Wilcox Central responded well in the third set, not allowing Demopolis to string together many points at one time, but the Lady Jaguars couldn’t string together any themselves. In a mostly back-and-forth set, the Lady Tigers came out on top 25-13.

“It’s good to get another area game behind us,” DHS head coach Angela Sanders said. “We’ve got four left and need to remain focused.”

Ivery Moore serves for Demopolis.

Ivery Moore serves for Demopolis.

In Demopolis’ second match of the night, they faced Greensboro and came away with a two sets to one win.

In the first set of the match, the teams traded points back and forth until Greensboro pulled away late. Trailing 23-17, the Lady Tigers regrouped to come storming back and take a 24-23 lead  with Brooker serving. Greensboro bounced back and took a 25-24 lead, but with Demopolis’ Jade Montgomery serving, the Lady Tigers scored three straight points to earn the 27-25 win.

“The score on the board doesn’t matter,” Sanders said. “You have to focus on one point at a time. You have to want it more.”

In the second set, Greensboro led all the way through and didn’t allow the Lady Tigers to repeat a comeback.

In the third and final set, Greensboro jumped out in front 7-2, but after a timeout, the Lady Tiger came back to take a 9-7 lead. They were then able to jump ahead 13-8 and eventually won the set 15-12 to take the match.

“Our girls know they have a chance to farther than they’ve been before,” Sanders added. “They’ve got more confidence in themselves as a team than they’ve had before.”

The Lady Tigers will be back in action Monday, Sept. 22 on the road at Thomasville in a tri-match with Thomasville and Linden.