Lady Tigers declawed by Chicks

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The Nevada Lady Tiger varsity volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw in the person of the talented Pleasant Hill Chicks on Monday at Wynn Gymnasium. Nevada (3-5-1) lost 25-3 and 25-13 to the senior-dominated Chicks. "I knew they were good," said Nevada coach Sharla Wilkerson. "Harrisonville is a pretty tough team and they (Pleasant Hill) thumped them." The Tigers lost to Harrisonville in the season opener. Pleasant Hill went 29-2-2 last season before losing to eventual Class 3 runner-up Willard in the sectional round of the state championships. Wilkerson stopped short of saying intimidation may have been a factor, but, she said, "We had that deer-in-the-headlights look at the start and I could sense that we weren't ready to play." Senior Jenny McCullough paced the Tiger kill stats with three and added three service points. Veronica Mosier served for four points and added a kill, while Lacy Leonard recorded two kills. Hillary Adams and Ashley Beckett led in assists with 22 and 12, respectively. Nevada's junior varsity squad (3-8) dropped its match to Pleasant Hill, 25-21 and 25-15. The freshmen team (12-1) continued its winning ways with a 25-11, 25-16 decision over the Chicks. Said freshmen coach Lisa Ballou, "I thought they played a lot better tonight after kind of getting the jitters out in that first home game last week. They played very well tonight; they played together." Ashleigh Bryson scored five points in the first game and Brittany Crockett scored five, with one ace, in the second. The freshmen posted a win in the Harrisonville tournament over the weekend, while the JV finished second in their division. Match scores will be run in Wednesday's Daily Mail. The Tigers host Stockton on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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