The Lady Tigers had a split decision at CPL with two wins and two losses.
The St. John-Hudson Lady Tigers had an up-and-down day last Saturday, winding up with two wins and two loss at the CPL Varsity Volleyball Tournament hosted by Macksville, and played in Kinsley’s High School Dome and old gym.
Playing their first matches in Pool A in the first round, the 6th seeded Lady Tigers were joined by the 7th seeded Ness City Eagles and top seeded Ellinwood Eagles, the Lady Tigers first defeating Ness 25-11, 25-17, and then taking a loss from top seeded Ellinwood 25-19, 19-25, 10-25.
In the second round, the Tigers took a beating from the Central Plains Oilers 9-25, 11-25. Then turned things round, defeating the 5th seeded Macksville Lady Stangs 25-23, 25-22.
Earlier at home on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers defeated Ness City 28-26, 25-19, and lost another barn burner, this time to Central Plains 25-22, 23-25, 23-25.
Back at Kinsley and the CPL, the Lady Tigers were playing on all eight cylinders, starting with an ace by St. John’s Jackie Rios, a forerunner of things to come. Late in the game they stopped the Eagles in their tracks, St. John takes the last 12 volleys, winning the first set 25-11.
Ness took the lead in the second set until it was tied 10-10, then St. John took over, getting the set 25-12 and match.
The Tigers kept up their coverage against Ellinwood, leading most of the way and winning the first set, 25-19. Then it was as if the air was slowly let out of the Tigers tiers about midway through, the Tigers lose the second set 19-25. It got worse, much worse. St. John loses the third set 10-25 and the match.
It didn’t stop there as the Tigers were continuing to struggle, the Tigers lose the first set to Central Plains 9-25, and the second set 11-25 and the match.
In the last match, the Tigers were going up against the Macksville Lady Stangs. It was quite a show with both teams giving all they had.
The Lady Stangs took the lead 2-3, and increased it to 3-8. The Lady Tigers slowly started coming back, but couldn’t get over the hump, with Macksville keeping the lead until things were tied 17-17.
The Stangs kept on scoring, and it looked as if the set might be theirs 17-21. Then the St. John gals inched their way forward, the scores 18-21, 19-21, 19-22, and 20-22. Then it was all tied 23-23, with both teams playing their hearts out. The Lady Tigers get their first set point 24-23, and won the first set 25-23.
Once again the Lady Stangs had the lead 3-8 (same as the first set). St. John closes ranks and ties things 10-10, 11-11. After the next tie 13-13, the Tigers take the lead 14-13, and increases it to between three to four points. The Stangs came back, tying the score 22-22, The Lady Tigers take the last three volleys, winning the second set 25-22 and the match.