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Lady Tigers ousted at Sectional

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Photo submitted by Jack Webb-- Nevada seniors Lindsey Webb (7) and Lindsay Rice (15) team up for a block attempt in their match with Logan-Rogersville on Saturday.
MARSHFIELD -- Nevada High School volleyball constructed a tremendous tournament run in 2007.

But like most memorable journeys, the trip has to end.

For Nevada, the tournament run culminated in the Class 3 Sectional on Saturday afternoon at Marshfield High School. Logan-Rogersville defeated the Lady Tigers 25-18, 25-16.

"We have nothing to hang our heads about," Nevada third-year coach Trudy Fleeman said. "They progressed throughout the season and everyone wants that.

"We put it all together (for the tournament run) and that is what matters most."

Emma Dreyer's six kills and seven assists paced Nevada. Lindsay Rice added three blocks.

Nevada made its first appearance in a Sectional since 1997 and that uncharted territory may have factored in the outcome.

"We let a lot of balls drop," Fleeman said. "We didn't hit as well as we did Wednesday night (in the district championship victory over Holden).

"I think a lot of it was nerves," Fleeman added. "Our team hadn't been here before and didn't know what to expect. I think that was part of it."

Logan-Rogersville defended the net well, put themselves in good hitting position and grabbed a 6-1 lead out of the shoot in Game 1. The slow start prompted Fleeman to call timeout.

The strategy worked as the Tigers rattled off six unanswered points. Jessica Harper's two kills started the rally while Rice and Lindsey Webb teamed up for a block that provided Nevada with a 7-6 advantage.

In the nip-and-tuck game, Mariah Mock's left-handed touch kill put Nevada ahead 10-9. The Tigers maintained the one-point lead at 15-14, then Logan-Rogersville did little wrong down the stretch and pulled away to win Game 1.

The second game started much like the first as Nevada fell behind 6-1.

The Lady Tigers narrowed the deficit to 9-5 after a Wildcat hitting error, but could pull no closer the remainder of the match.

This Nevada squad appeared to perform its best against teams it competed against most.

"At the district, we were a confident team. We had seen those teams before," Fleeman said. "We didn't know any of the girls (we were playing against)."

It marked the final match for seniors Dreyer, Rice, Webb and Kristen Badgley.

Nevada finished its season at 14-15-3.

Logan-Rogersville (20-12-4) went on to drop a 28-26, 25-18 decision to Reeds Spring (30-5) in the state quarterfinals.



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