August 31, 2018—The Tigers volleyball team faced St. Pius X Monday, the team that knocked them to second place in the district championship game for the past two years.

Head Coach Terri Irons said the Tigers contain a huge desire to beat the Lancers.

“What we did well was overcome that mental block and played really well and gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,” she said. 

The Lady Tigers celebrate after scoring a point. The team rallied against St. Pius X Monday, Aug. 27. KIMBERELY BLACKBURN | Staff photo

St. Pius X enjoyed a small margin of victory over Excelsior Springs, scoring 25-22 in the first set and 25-23 in the second. Senior Rece Rainey led in kills with eight while junior Morgan Schindler got six. Rainey also led in aces, scoring 11. Junior Aubrey Burton got ten aces and the Tigers received a total of 46 throughout the two sets. The Tigers got 17 kills throughout the evening. 

Rainey also led the defense with ten digs while Schindler got seven. Senior Trinary Jeffers and junior Avrie Christiansen each blocked two shots and team blocks equaled five.

Irons said she told her team they played how she wanted them to play. She said they did not give up. If a few things go a little different, she said, next time, the Tigers could play the third set.

“Overall for the first match for the year, I’m super pleased with where we are,” she said. “We’re only going to get better.”

The Tigers enjoyed a large crowd Monday night complete with a full student section. Iron said the energy from the crowd proved to be incredible. 

Tuesday’s storm knocked the power out at Richmond, canceling The Tigers’ second scheduled game for the regular season.

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