The Lady Tigers have had some mid-season success heading into district play that began Sept. 19.
The season started with a tough schedule that included 4A schools such as Pittsburg, Liberty-Eylau and Atlanta. This stronger competition helped the Lady Tigers be battle tested when district play starts. With seven seniors on a team that qualified for the state play-offs a year ago the excitement surrounding the team for district play is expected.
The district consists of L-K, Union Grove, Big Sandy, and Union Hill. Union Grove and Big Sandy are traditional powerhouses at the 2A level but the Lady Tigers are expected to battle for a district championship this season.
Coach Shayne Erwin has high hopes for this team. “Hopefully the schedule we have played this year along with the experience we gained from last year’s playoff appearance will help us to perform at a high level once the district campaign begins. Last year we dealt with consistency issues all season. To be honest we have dealt with those same issues this season too. However, I think that we figured some things out in the middle part of the season when we won six matches over a two week period. If we can find that level of play again and maintain it then I think we will be successful for the rest of the season.” The first district home game was Sept. 26, against Big Sandy
Season Results: Pre-District Record 9-14Lady Tigers begin district play with two wins.
The start of district 19-2A play saw the lady Tigers travel to Union Hill Sept. 19.
The Lady Tigers swept the Lady Bulldogs in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-15, 25-11. Jaimya Gaston had a big night at the net. She ended the match with 10 kills and three blocks. Amaya Savannah had seven kills, nine digs, and 15 points. Makayla Martin had eight digs and 13 points. Siarra Johnson had 22 assists and five points.
The JV match was a tight three set loss, 21-25, 25-20, 15-25. Cambree Kerr, Jessie Haley, and Marissa Tyson had strong games at the service line. On the front row Dshantie Sadler and Kendall Wells each had a big night hitting and blocking. Kasity Hernandez was solid in the libero position on the back row.
Sept. 22, the Lady Tigers travelled to Hawkins to face the Lady Hawks.
L-K won in four sets, 25-12, 25-19, 25-27, 25-17. In this match Jaimya Gaston again had a huge night at the net. She ended the match with 21 kills and four blocks. Amaya Savannah had an equally huge night at the service line. She ended the match with 24 points, eight kills and six digs. Siarra Johnson set her front row players up for success with 39 assists along with 14 points. Stormie Littlejohn performed well with nine kills and two blocks. Makayla Martin was strong on the back row with 12 digs and six points.