The Thrall Tigerettes (6-2) traveled to Franklin over the weekend for their first tournament of the season. They picked up four wins over the two-day event taking the consolation trophy.
Saturday, Thrall dropped a tough match to Anderson-Shiro 25-21, 18-25, 20-25 in the opening round. The Tigerettes bounced back to top Allen Academy 25-12, 25-19 and Rockdale 25-22, 26-24 to win consolation.
“I thought overall we played pretty well,” said Thrall Coach Bethany Grissom. “We’re still struggling with our service game and we’ll have to keep working on that before district play begins.”
In the consolation final Rockdale’s Lady Tigers briefly held the lead in the opening moments, but consecutive aces by McKenna Knapek and a kill by Aaliyah Couch gave the Tigerettes a 9-6 lead. Rockdale remained close for a while, but Couch, Kelly Copeland, and Riley Krenek led a 5-0 run that put the Tigerettes up 17-11. Copeland and Chandra Reed would later push the advantage to 24-16 before Rockdale rallied. Krenek finished off the set for the Lady Tiger defense giving Thrall a 1-0 lead.
In the second set the Tigerettes rallied to pick up the win. Thrall dominated early 9-4 on the play of Krenek and Reed, but solid serving by Rockdale rallied the them to a 13-12 advantage. Kills by Couch, Reed, and Krenek pulled the Tigerettes even and a pair of Rockdale miscues sealed the match for Thrall.
Earlier in the day Thrall dropped a tough 3-set match to Anderson-Shiro. The Tigerettes, who have struggled with their service game committed 11 service errors in the match and the Lady Owls were able to advance to the finals against Bremond.
“Anderson-Shiro has a good team, but I felt like we could have won that match,” Grissom said. “We’re just making too many errors and that makes it hard to win against good teams.”
Against Allen Academy, the Tigerettes proved to be too much. Allen led 8-4 early in the first set before Thrall settled down. Copeland’s serves and a pair of blocks by Reed powered the Tigerettes to a 9-8 lead and Grace Skrhak’s serves found their target and pushed the lead to 13-10. Kailey Hoffman finished off the first set pacing the Tigerettes on a 5-0 run for the win. Allen rallied late in the second set, but Couch’s ace sealed the win.
In pool play Thursday, the Tigerettes dropped an 18-25, 20-25 match to Bremond before bouncing back to top Burton 23-25, 26-24, 33-31 and Madisonville 15-25, 25-12, 25-21.
On Monday the Texas Girls Coaches Association released the standings for volleyball. The Tigerettes are currently ranked 7th in Class 1A-2A.