The Houston volleyball team earned its first victory of the season in Saturday’s West Plains Tournament.
The Lady Tigers went 1-3 over the weekend with a win against Summersville JV and losses to Blair Oaks and twice to West Plains. The victory was the first career win for coach Loran Richardson at her alma mater.
“Overall we did some really good things and improved,” Richardson said. “We play best against the tougher teams, but tend to play down to our competition. We continue to struggle with communication and serve-receive. Once we become more consistent in those areas, things will look better.”
Seniors Alyssa Hayes and Emily Shea had 17 and 15 kills, respectively, during the tournament. Hayes had a team-best 13 blocks.
Chloe Hunninghake led HHS (1-11) with 22 assists. Sevanna Rowland had team highs of six aces and 25 digs.
Sophomore Melody Buse was injured during the tournament and diagnosed with a concussion. She will be sidelined two weeks.
“We will have to make some adjustments on defense to fill her spot,” Richardson said. “She was doing a great job for us.”
Last Thursday, Alexis Choate had eight assists to lead Houston in a 23-25, 25-13, 25-9 loss at Conway.
Hayes had four blocks. Rowland and Shea had five digs apiece.
The Houston JV lost in two sets. Houston won a one set “B” game 25-13.
• Cabool at Houston, 6 p.m.
• Bourbon JV Tournament
• Houston at Eminence, 6 p.m.
• Houston at Ava, 6 p.m.