It took the Thrall Tigerettes (19-9 overall, 1-0 District 25-2A) less than 45 minutes to pick up their first district win of the season as they bested the Buckholts Lady Badgers (11-6, 0-1) 25-7, 25-15, 25-9 Tuesday night.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Thrall Coach Bethany Grissom.  “I thought we hit the ball well and served much better.  It was a good win to start district.”

Thrall wasted little time gaining the momentum in the opening set.  The Tigerettes raced out to an 11-0 lead on the power of three McKenna Knapek aces and a series of kills by Chandra Reed and Kelly Copeland.  Buckholts’ Lizzy Trdy ended the run when she dropped a shot to the back corner.

Buckholts closed within 14-6, but kills by Riley Krenek and Mia Mollenberg gave the Tigerettes the push they needed to regain control.  Krenek got the serve with Thrall leading 18-7 and Buckholts never challenged again as Copeland, Knapek, and Moellenberg each recorded kills and Krenek served up a pair of aces to clinch the first set.

The Lady Badgers seemed to settle down in the second set and, with the help of some Tigerettes errors, managed to grab an 11-9 lead midway through the set.  Kills by Reed and Copeland ended Buckholts’ hope of an upset however, combining for three kills while Kerrigan Hooker kept the Lady Badger defense on their toes with pinpoint serves.  Thrall eventually built a 24-15 lead and a Bel Herrera kill ended the set for the Tigerettes.

Buckholts got no closer than 13-6 in the final set.  Addison Leschber led the Tigerettes on a 7-0 run with the aid of kills by Krenek and Moellenberg that put Thrall up 18-6.  Moellenberg also added an ace after a sideout and Knapek finished off the match serving up the final two points.

Thrall was back in action Saturday when they hosted rival Thorndale.  The Lady Dogs (13-6, 1-0) swept Granger Tuesday night to open district play.

“Thorndale always gets up for us,” Grissom said. “We’ve been rivals for a long time and both teams play some of their best volleyball against each other.”

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