Big Blue spikers in rare form as league loop looms

Lady Tigers aiming to change the culture of program


Middle blocker Shelby Evans has been a force for the Lady Tigers and the 6-foot middle blocker will lead Rockdale into the district fray this week. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Middle blocker Shelby Evans has been a force for the Lady Tigers and the 6-foot middle blocker will lead Rockdale into the district fray this week. Reporter/Cliff Dungan After taking Friday off, the Rockdale Lady Tigers resumed play Tuesday night and the time off agreed with them as they outlasted Lago Vista, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Tigers fought back from an early setback to take the match 19-25, 25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 15-13.

Senior middle blocker Shelby Evans again led the way with an impressive line: 14 kills, 15 digs and 11 blocks.

She was complemented by Morgan Laughlin with eight kills and 12 kills.

Samantha Muston added six kills and two blocks, while Amanda Boyd contributed 16 assists and three service aces, Emily McCoy 17 digs and Joli Carpenter nine assists.

Lago Vista dipped to 22-4 on the season.

The Lady Tiger spikers enter District 18-3A play with a 15-11 record, their most wins since 2006—the last time they entered the playoffs.

Fifth-year volleyball coach Jason Williams says his squad is ready to re-join the post season.

“Our win against Cameron showed our ability to keep our head in the game,” said Williams. “I think the girls are ready to take on district play with poise and perseverance.”

Rockdale has not posted a winning record since 1999.

“We are really together right now,” said Williams. “I attribute the majority of our wins to the teamwork and the comradery of the girls.

“When we maintain our intensity and communicate on the floor, we are hard to beat.”

The Lady Tigers open District 18-3A action Friday on the road against defending league co- champion College Station (16-17).

The Lady Tigers will then get some home cooking with the next two matches at Tiger Gymnasium against Madisonville (19-8) on Oct. 1 and district co-champion Caldwell (15-9) on Oct. 4.

Caldwell and College Station are the defending district co-champions. The district does not have a team ranked in the top 20.

“I’m expecting College Station to be tough in district,” said Williams. “Caldwell will be a big battle for us.

“Us and Madisonville are pretty evenly matched, while Navasota and Taylor we need to take care of for us to have a shot at playoffs.”

Rockdale was 2-8 the past two seasons in league play and haven’t won more than two games since 2006.


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