The Rolla volleyball team (1-1) hosted Hickman on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Lady Tigers had to grind through three tough sets, but fell short in a dramatic three set match.
There were no easy victories on Thursday night. The first set was settled by just five points, with Hickman coming out on top 25-20. The second set mirrored that, but it was Rolla who came out victorious in a 25-19 win. That set up an excellent final set, which couldn't be settled with just 25 points. Hickman and Rolla traded points back and forth, but after the match was locked in a tie at 25-25, Hickman managed to win the final two points to take the set 27-25 and the match.
"Hickman’s defense was outstanding and they had some good hitting to go with it," said Rolla head coach Stephanie Pritchett. "It was a fun game all the way around. Our girls fought hard all the way through all three sets and it really could have gone either way."
Full stats were not available on account of technical difficulties, but Rolla had strong performances across the board.
"Shelby Ply again led us in kills, blocks, and passing percentage along with Sophie Moreland who had a good defensive night as libero," said coach Pritchett. "Megan Brown had a consistent hitting night tough serving and Parker Bourne came in on the front row and helped us as well.
"Overall, we all played well. We had a few too many missed serves and I made a line-up mistake that cost us a point as well. That is on me for sure," continued the Rolla head coach. "We always have things to improve on and that we learn from each match. We showed a lot of Bulldog Pride and I know we will continue to improve and build on what we did! Im really proud of all our players from ninth grade up!"
The JV lost a pair of tough sets on the night 25-17, 25-21, but had some strong play from Camryn Falkenhain, who had six serving points, and Bayli Graydon, who added five serving points. The freshmen also fell in straight sets 25-12, 25-14.
The Lady Bulldogs return to the court on Tuesday when they make the short drive over to St. James to take on the Lady Tigers.