Facing one of the best teams in the region and state, the Houston volleyball team showed it will fight.
The Lady Tigers took an early advantage last Tuesday against Mountain View-Liberty and hung tough for the first set. Although Houston eventually lost 25-17, 25-9 inside Hiett Gymnasium, first-year coach Loran Richardson was pleased with her team’s effort.
“I’m very proud of the way the girls fought the whole game,” Richardson said. “They really stepped up and played hard. Liberty is a very good team, and we didn’t back down.”
Brooke McCown led the Lady Tigers (1-14, 0-2 South Central Association) with five kills. Chloe Hunninghake had six assists. Sevanna Rowland had 11 digs and an ace.
Last Thursday, Houston had highs and lows in a three-set loss to visiting Cabool.
After a lopsided first set loss, the Lady Tigers rallied to win the second set. But the decisive third one was much like the first as HHS lost 25-12, 21-25, 25-11.
“We are just really inconsistent right now,” Richardson said. “Once we learn to play at the same level every night, we will be tough to beat. That comes with experience and reps.”
Seniors Alyssa Hayes and Emily Shea led the Lady Tigers with four kills apiece.
On Monday, Alexis Choate had nine assists in Houston’s 25-13, 25-12 defeat at Eminence. Rowland had 11 digs.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Darby Bell had five blocks in the JV Lady Tigers’ 25-16, 26-25, 25-21 win last Thursday against Cabool.
•Houston at Willow Springs, 6 p.m.
•West Plains at Houston, 6 p.m.