The Houston varsity volleyball team has steered itself on the winning track.
Since losing last week’s season opener to Licking, the Lady Tigers downed Cuba 25-14, 25-18 Thursday night and squeaked past Summersville 26-24, 29-27 Tuesday for consecutive victories.
Houston (2-1) was able to overcome several errors against Summersville, including being called out of rotation five times, to win a wild contest that saw two red cards issued to the Wildcats.
Senior Janell Gentry had 19 assists for the Lady Tigers, who rallied from a 15-7 deficit in the second set. Amber Honig had seven kills, five blocks and two aces. Shelbi Moore had a team-high eight digs.
“We played better this week, but we are still making too many errors,” Houston coach Debbie James said. “Summersville has a hard-hitting team. They are going to be very competitive this year.”
After falling behind 22-17 in the opening set, Summersville scored five consecutive points to make it 22-all and despite losing a point for being out of rotation, moved ahead 24-23. Houston survived the match point and scored the final three points to win the first game.
Kortney Huffman and Honig had key kills to lead an 11-2 rally that put Houston in front 22-20. Summersville stayed alive by surviving three match points at 24-22, 26-25 and 27-26 before the Lady Tigers finally put the Wildcats away.
On Thursday, senior Kate Harper had eight kills and Gentry dished out 19 assists as the Lady Tigers downed Cuba. Harper, who didn’t play last season, shifted from the middle to the outside after the season-opening loss to Licking.
“The girls looked a lot better,” James said. “It will take awhile to see what works best for this team. Kate did a great job hitting from the outside position.”
Chelsey Williams had a team-best 13 digs, and sophomore Erica Keeney had four blocks for Houston. Honig had three aces.