Tigers fall to Denver Christian in four sets
FARMER’S KORNER – When senior Erica Nourse knows she has a good kill opportunity in front of her, the entire auditorium likely knows too.
As she approaches the net, she screams a staccato “Yeah, yeah, yeah” at the top of her lungs to setter Emily Baker.
And then she kills.
Nourse’s confidence showed over and over again in the Lady Tigers’ four set loss to Denver Christian.
And now, it’s up to the rest of the team to spread that confidence across the floor.
The middle hitters in last night’s match against the non-conference Crusaders were on fire. Nourse led the way with nine kills.
But when the ball went to the outside, head coach Darren Buckner had no problems identifying what the girls needed to practice.
“The outside hitters played a little inconsistent,” Buckner said after the match. “They still have a little work to do.”
Emily Cardamon and Emilee Sandsmark each had eight kills.
Early, the Lady Tigers showed a meltdown in mental discipline when three points were called against them for rotation violations.
That first game went to Denver Christian 25-21.
The second game went to the Crusaders 25-18 after two successive six-point runs broke any momentum the Tigers could build.
But in the third game, the discipline came together for a 25-19 victory. The team showed moments of brilliance that Buckner wants to tie together before the first conference game against Kent Denver Tuesday.
The girls showed an awareness of ball position that translated into two of their own six-point runs.
The fourth game started to look promising when Cardamon and Sandsmark started making kills from the outside, and Karleigh Schurr served two aces.
The two teams held each other in check all the way to the end, matching each other at 23, 24 and 25 points apiece.
But after a controversial call by a referee, the match went to the Crusaders, 27-25.
The referee called a “back row attack,” which he explained as an attack from the back half of the court that was below the height of the net, which was illegal.
“The call was right,” Nourse said.
Stephanie Von Normann sat out again, as Buckner and trainers agreed not to push her injury.
As with last Friday’s match, Von Normann participated in warm ups.
Buckner hopes to have her back by Saturday’s match, but absolutely no later than Tuesday’s conference match against the Sun Devils. The JV team won its match, 2-1.
Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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