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Coach Irons sees strengths in Lady Tiger loss to Odessa

Jena Rosenbloom

Senior Jena Rosenboom, #32, sets up the ball for senior Shauni Lawrence, #33, to spike it across the net against the Odessa Bulldogs. (Photo by Sharon Donat)

 

timidate the Lady Tigers volleyball team, even after playing and losing to the Odessa Bulldogs Thursday night, 25-17 and 25-14.
Rough and tough Odessa came out ready to conquer and even though they went home with the win, that doesn’t mean the Lady Tigers just handed them a victory.
“I have to hand it to our girls,” Coach Terri Irons said. “They played hard and hustled after every ball to make the game exciting.”
Coach Irons admits that the Odessa team was much taller than her players and their speed and agility was also above the Lady Tigers’ ranks.
“We just didn’t match up very well,” she said.
Still, the Lady Tigers and Coach Irons knew at this point in the season that things were not going to get any easier, especially as they go up against Missouri River Valley Conference rivals.
But credit is due to the Lady Tigers even with a 7-10 season, as of press time, for they play just as strong as the bigger and taller teams they are up against.
“I am so proud of the heart these Lady Tigers display every night out,” Irons added. “A lot of nights it feels like a David and Goliath match up because we are so short but they never let that intimidate them, they give everything they have and even in the loss we seem to gain a little bit.”
The Lady Tigers encountered the Oak Grove Panthers last night at Oak Grove. See future issues of The Standard for information on the Monday, Oct. 10, game. Their next home match-up will be a week from now, Tuesday, Oct. 18, against Pleasant Hill.

By Kristin Rulon • community@leaderpress.com

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