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Lady Tigers volleyball wins Pittsburg tournament

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nevada Daily Mail

PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The Nevada Lady Tigers varsity volleyball team won the championship in a tournament at Pittsburg High School Saturday.

"I am very pleased with the turnout this weekend and very proud of what our team was able to accomplish," Lady Tigers head coach Ashley Thoreson said. "While we had a hard time starting the matches with intensity, we were able to come back in the second sets to win in three several times."

The Lady Tigers got the day off to a good start in pool play by defeating Girard by the final scores of 25-19. 25-22 and 25-11. It wasn't all good for Thoreson's squad, however, as the Lady Tigers had to come from behind to win the match after dropping the first set. The Lady Tigers kept the momentum going in the second match in pool play, beating Baxter Springs, 25-17 and 25-21.

It wasn't smooth sailing for the Lady Tigers throughout pool play as the Purple Dragons of Pittsburg picked up a three-set victory by the final scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-21, winning the first and third sets. That was one of two losses on the day for Nevada as the Lady Tigers finished the tournament with a record of 7-2.

That setback didn't hurt Nevada as the Lady Tigers bounced back quickly to defeat Paola in three sets, 25-13, 25-23 and 25-16, in the semifinals. The Lady Tigers once again had to come from behind after losing the opening set and did so, closing out the match by winning the next two.

In the championship game, the Lady Tigers once again faced Pittsburg, but things were different in the second meeting between the two squads. Nevada ultimately recovered from the day's earlier loss to take the championship in two sets by the final scores of 25-23 and 25-23.

"I was proud of the way we fought back against Paola in the semifinals and were then able to carry that intensity and momentum over into the championship match to win against Pittsburg -- who beat us in pool play -- in two," Thoreson said. "We were really able to work on establishing our middles throughout the tournament and because our passing is starting to improve, Morgan (McNeley) is getting much more consistent with her sets and our hitters are able to do much more with the ball. Overall, we played very well as a team and it is always nice to have the first tournament so that the girls are able to just play for a day and become more comfortable with each other and their positions."

Regan Kannady led the Lady Tigers with nine aces, 38 kills, six solo blocks and 13 assist blocks. Rilie Good recorded 37 kills, a team-high 12 solo blocks and seven assist, while Sharla Quick had 21 kills and 44 digs, Morgan McNeley finished with 97 assists and Bree Reppert had 63 digs.

The Lady Tigers are scheduled to be back in action today as they head back out on the road to take on Carl Junction at 5 p.m.

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