Lady Tigers hosting third annual spiker tournament

Netters dig up two consecutive victories


Sophomore Shelby Evans was a defensive wall for the Lady TIgers in their sweep of Moody with five blocks. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Sophomore Shelby Evans was a defensive wall for the Lady TIgers in their sweep of Moody with five blocks. Reporter/Marie Bakken The Rockdale Lady Tigers got a big confidence boost with a road win over Class A No. 12 ranked Thrall Tigerettes on Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers (3-6) fell in the first set 23-25, but rallied to take the next three set and the match 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.

Jill Young had a lively night with 13 kills to lead the team and Victoria Drake added 15 assists.

Lisa Vest held strong for four blocks and Marissa Mireles pull out six digs. Amanda Boyd was handing on the serving line with five aces.

Rockdale’s junior varsity took Thrall the three sets before falling 22-25, 30-29, 19-25.

Emily McCoy had nine service points, with Kayla Deary and Makenlee Worley with five service points each.

The Lady Tigers freshmen team came back to beat Thrall in three sets 18-25, 25-8, 25-19. Maxie Vann had 11 service points, followed by Bethany Miller and Kourtney Roddam with four each and Lexis Garcia with three.


Ashton Simank (7) and Lisa Vest double up for a block in the Lady Tigers’ win over Moody Friday. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Ashton Simank (7) and Lisa Vest double up for a block in the Lady Tigers’ win over Moody Friday. Reporter/Marie Bakken The Lady Tigers got their second win of the season when they hosted Moody on Friday at Tiger Gym, their first home match of the year.

Rockdale swept the match in three sets 25-19, 25-19, 25-22.

Vest led the team in kills with six and Shelby Evans was a defensive wall with five blocks.

Drake ser ved up five aces, with Boyd tallying eight assists. Marissa Mireles came off the bench to pull out six digs.

The Lady Tigers are hosting their own tournament for the third year in a row and it will feature ten teams of all classifications, including Granger, Austin Lanier, Austin LBJ, Thorndale, Thrall, Cameron, Austin Reagan, Austin Travis and Cedar Creek.

There have only been eight teams participating in each of the tourney’s first two years.

Pool play begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday and tournament play starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, with action in both the new and old gyms at RHS. The championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.

Rockdale opens play against Granger Thursday at 11 a.m., followed by Thorndale at 12:30 p.m., Austin Lanier at 2:45 p.m. and Austin LBJ at 5 p.m.

Lady Tigers head coach Jason Williams is pleased with his team’s work ethic and feel they are ready to compete.

“The girls are very team oriented. Their ability to work together and help each other out will be the key to our success this year,” he said. “I feel we will keep getting better as the year progresses. We have a good start and I expect for us to fight it out for the top spot in our tournament.”

Rockdale teams will host Jarrell Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Tiger Gym. Freshmen will start at 5 p.m., followed by JV and varsity.

TIGER TOURNEY

Pool A Pool B
Rockdale Cameron
Thorndale Thrall
Granger Cedar Creek
Lanier Reagan
LBJ Travis

Pool play begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday and then tournament play at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The Championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.


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