Volleyball team loses tough match at home

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Charde Huntington spikes the ball in a game against Columbia. (Photo by Shelby Posey)

The packed crowd at the Mountain Home Junior High gym got their money's worth last Thursday night as the Mountain Home Lady Tigers battled Columbia to five games before losing their home opener, three games to two.

After three early ties in game one, the Lady Tigers fell behind Columbia by five, 4-9, but battled back to tie it at 10-10. A 13-3 run by the Lady Wildcats gave them a commanding lead, and they won the first game, 25-16.

The second game had eight ties, the last one at 16-16, before a 6-0 run by Mountain Home put them ahead for good, winning, 25-20.

The Lady Tigers trailed in game three on four different occasions, but a 7-0 run gave them a 20-18 lead. Columbia managed to tie it at 20-20, but Mountain Home scored the final five points to claim game three 25-20, and go up 2-1.

Mountain Home looked to put the match away in the fourth game, and led early, 8-4, but a 6-0 run by the Lady Wildcats put them up, 10-8. Mountain Home managed to tie it at 10-10, and 11-11, but were outscored 14-7 the rest of the way to drop the game, 18-25, tying the match at 2-2.

In the fifth game, after two early ties, the Lady Tigers fell behind by four, 5-9, but battled back to tie the game at 11-11, 12-12, and 13-13, but Columbia scored the final two points to win the game, 15-13, and the match, 3-2.

Mountain Home Lady Tiger volleyball coach Rachele Asbury agreed, it was one that got away from them.

"It did. We came out strong in the second and third games and then thought we had it, and didn't play up to our potential and kind of played down, and some serves killed us, hitting them in the net, so that's something that we need to work on.

"Tonight we were playing minus one of our regular starters (Blas Lord), but the girls stepped in and played a good job with girls in some different positions, and that's something that we're going to keep working on in this tournament that we're going to."

Samantha Laughlin was 20/21 serving, with 10 service points, two aces, 11 kills and 18 digs. Charde Huntington was 18/20 serving, with 12 service points, four aces and six kills. Sarah Cantrell was 14/14 serving, with nine service points, an ace and seven kills. Nickayla Skinner was 14/18 serving, six service points, two aces, four kills and 31 assists. Arlene Futch was 12/14 serving, had seven serving points, four aces and six kills. Tanya McKenzie was 9/11 serving, with five points and a kill.

The Lady Tigers hit on 88 per cent (87-99) of their serves, while Columbia hit 89 percent (93/104).

The Lady Tigers traveled to Skyline High School in Idaho Falls last Friday for the Skyline Classic Volleyball Tournament. They went winless in pool play on Friday, losing to Idaho Falls, Snake River and South Fremont. In Saturday's bracket tournament play, the Lady Tigers lost to Highland and Meridian. No details were available.

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