September 14, 2018 – To the Excelsior Springs head volleyball coach, the Tigers’ 25-8 sweep Sept. 5 at Richmond came down to control.
“Whatever the other team gives us, we need to find a way to control it, so that we can always make an attack,” Terri Irons said. “And I felt like tonight, no matter what we got, we were able to turn it into something that we could aggressively play. Rather than being on our heels and having to wait for the other team to make mistakes, we could terminate points on our own.”
Richmond took the opening lead in both sets, but Excelsior Springs took control of both sets early. The Spartans forced a side out to score the opening point of the first set. Sparked by senior Rece Rainey’s serving, the Tigers answered with a 7-0 run. With the score 7-4 Excelsior Springs, the Tigers pulled away by staging a 13-0 run.
The Spartans took a 3-0 lead in the second set before the Tigers took control with a 12-1 run. Excelsior Springs went on to outscore Richmond 13-4 the rest of the way.
Excelsior Springs faced off against Lawson Sept. 6th. Irons said the Tigers played well.
“The Lady Tigers put together a good performance against Lawson. They always get very excited to play Lawson since the towns are so close, it’s a good rivalry,” she said. “We came out very aggressive and did a good job of keeping Lawson from being able to get big swings. We took opportunities off of free balls to terminate points. We also served well to take them out of their game.”
The Tigers took both sets 25-14 and 25-10.
Rainey led The Tigers in kills with 12 followed by junior Morgan Schindler with four. Senior Trinaty Jeffers and junior Avrie Christiansen each contributed one.
The Tigers’ combined total of aces equaled 10 with Schindler having four and junior Aubrey Burton contributing three.
Rainey led in digs with seven. Schindler and sophomore Madison Krier added six each.
Irons said the team will soon face some good competitors.
“We will have to continue this aggressive approach as we enter the Chillicothe tournament this weekend and then start very challenging conference play next week.”