The Houston varsity volleyball team is struggling to put opponents away.
The Lady Tigers have had leads in five of their last seven matches, only to let them slip away. The latest was a 25-23, 26-24 home loss Monday to Eminence.
Houston (5-10-3) led the first game 23-19 and after pulling ahead 22-17 in the second set, let two game points slip away.
The Lady Tigers had the same problem over the weekend when they went 1-3-2 to finish fourth at the Rolla Tournament.
“We don’t know how to finish our opponent off,” said Houston coach Debbie James, who moved five wins shy of her 300th career victory. “We have to learn to win.”
Amber Honig had six kills and three blocks to lead the Lady Tigers against Eminence. Senior Janell Gentry had 15 assists and two aces.
At the Rolla Tournament, Houston lost to Eureka (25-15, 25-13) and earned splits with Rolla (25-21, 17-25) and Osage (25-21, 23-25) to finish third in their pool.
The Lady Tigers downed Licking 25-13, 22-25, 25-15 to advance to the semifinals against Eureka, which didn’t graduate any players from last year’s Class 4 quarterfinal team. Eureka won 25-8, 25-11.
In the third-place game, West Plains defeated Houston 25-23, 25-17.
Honig had 24 kills, 11 blocks and eight aces in the tournament. Kate Harper added 20 kills and a team-best 44 digs. Gentry dished out 59 assists, and Sarah Pierce added 27.