When talking about one of the biggest if not THE biggest game of the Mansfield Sr Lady Tigers volleyball season, it was magic you would have to see to believe. Last week, the Sr Lady Tigers strapped on their shoes, took a deep breath, and stepped onto the 5A Alma Lady Airedales volleyball court. With Mansfield playing in the 2A conference this season, this match-up was the equivalent of an ant taking on a turtle. But as the Lady Tigers secured the first set 25-12, the, confused as to what just happened Lady Airedales, decided to fire back.
With Alma earning the second and third sets 19-25 and 24-26, Mansfield dug deep down from beyond their comfort level and mustered up the strength to steal the last two sets 25-20 and 15-6. The Lady Tigers left Alma on cloud nine with their 3-2 victory and the unstoppable feeling that they could move mountains. On Tuesday, September 22, still over the moon from the prior week, the Sr Lady Tigers entered their match against the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders with an ain’t no stoppin’ us now attitude.
Doubling as Senior Night as well as the fact that Mansfield had already defeated the Lady Highlanders earlier in the season, the Lady Tigers were fairly confident that they had this one in the bag. And after three, over-so-fast-that-if-you-blinked-you-would-miss-it sets, the Lady Tigers again took the win 3-0. Leading the pack in kills was Skylynn Harris with 13 and Brooke Wright with 12. Kiara Thomas and Sadie Roberts added 5 each to the tally. And Alayna Turner and Brooklyn Adams put up 3 apiece.
Earning a total of 24 aces was Adams with 8, Thomas, Turner, and Haylee Helms with 4, Wright with 3, and Harris with 1. Wright added the only 2 blocks of the night. Helms was on top with 13 digs followed by Harris with 5, and Turner and Wright with 3 each. And out of 36 assists, Adams secured 25 with Thomas delivering 11. The Mansfield Lady Tigers hold three seniors on their volleyball roster. Brooke Wright, Chloe Creekmore, and Amber Elmore who was unable to attend. For the seniors being celebrated as well as the entire teams’ victory, there was much to be excited for. Now the Sr Lady Tigers will go into their match against the Sr Golden Lady Arrows on Thursday, September 24 at Lavaca with a 10-0 total play record and 8-0 in conference play. Vouchers will be required for entry.