Hungry like the Tiger(ette)
Jacksboro’s volleyball team lost all six of its first-round District 7-3A games as part of what has been a rough season. On Oct. 5, the Tigerettes had enough and opened the second round of play on a high note with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-20, 25-23 win.
In their first meeting, the Lady Bucks had beaten Jacksboro in four games. Jacksboro coach Kelli Barnett said several factors made a difference in the two matches.
“We had a lot more hustle and enthusiasm tonight,” Barnett said. “We were always aggressive and on our offensive game tonight. We had only one serving error which wasn’t the case last time. Tonight we missed a hit and came right back.”
Barnett contended being able to finish a match, which the girls proved they can do, may pay dividends as the season enters the homestretch.
After a Teagan Reynolds kill broke serve midway through game one, a point by the senior setter gave the Tigerettes an 18-13 lead. The Lady Bucks held tough, using a three-point Zena Ragle string and a Jimena Palacios point to get within 19-20.
Jacksboro put a stop to it courtesy of Kylie Tullous and Lilli Gonzales whose combined three serving points gave the Tigerettes a 23-19 lead. The visitors got within one, due to a pair from Cara Schkade, but no closer as Jacksboro finished the job with an Erin Jonas dink.
Breckenridge came back, leading from wire to wire in game two. Palacios staked the Lady Bucks to a 2-0 lead. Charlie Salazar’s deuce extended the lead to 8-3 and forced a Tigerette timeout. Palacios later added another three-point string and Breckenridge picked up some front court help from Jesi Warren and Lilly Woodward to help even the match at a game each.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 13 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.