Tigers battle for victory

Stephanie King

The Randleman Lady Tigers needed all five sets to earn a 3-2 PAC-7 volleyball victory over the Trinity Bulldogs on Tuesday. Randleman came into Tuesday’s match sporting a 2-2 conference record with a 2-7 overall record. The Bulldogs were 0-2 in conference play and 2-4 overall on the season.

Trinity jumped out to an early 11-2 lead during the first set of play and maintained a large lead for most of the set. Randleman closed the gap to three midways through the set and then again towards the end of the set to cut the lead to 20-17. The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 5-1 the rest of the way for a 25-18 set one win.

The second set of play was much closer than the first and it was the Tigers who took the early lead. Randleman led 4-1 before Trinity battled back to take a 6-5 lead. The two teams would trade points until Bethany Dobias took over serving duties for the Tigers. Under her serve, the Tigers took a 13-10 advantage over the Bulldogs. Randleman never gave up the lead, but Trinity would keep things close the rest of the set. The closest the Bulldogs could get was 20-22. Randleman would hold on to win set two 25-21.

These two teams continued to battle in the third set of play as the Tigers put the first points on the board. Once Trinity was on the board, they took a 5-2 advantage over the Tigers. Trinity led 8-7 before the Tigers used a 3-0 run to take a 10-8 lead. The Bulldogs stayed on the Tigers heels and eventually tied the set at 12 all. Randleman would retake the lead and never relinquish it. The Tigers ended up taking set three 25-20.

Set four was the closest of the them all as there were nine ties and ten lead changes. The Tigers and the Bulldogs stayed within a point of each other for the first few minutes of the set, but Trinity found a way to take a small lead. After a 7-7 tie, the Bulldogs used a 13-7 run to take a 16-14 lead over the Tigers. Randleman would take a 17-16 lead with a 3-0 run, but the Bulldogs came back to tie the match at 17 all. The Tigers then used a 3-1 run for a 20-18 lead. Trinity would not go away as they tied the set at 20 all and then 21 all. Randleman led 24-22 before Trinity battled back to tie this set at 24 all. The Bulldogs used a 4-0 run to win the set 26-24 and even the match at 2 sets apiece.

In the fifth and final set, these two teams traded points and never let the other get too far out in front. Trinity led early, but back to back kills from Olivia Henderson tied the set at 9 all. The Bulldogs would retake the lead, but a couple of bad hits gave the Tigers a chance to tie the set a 12 all. Randleman then tied the set at 14 all before taking the lead on a tip. Trinity ended up knocking the ball out of bounds giving the Tigers the point for the win. Randleman would the final set 16-14 and won the match 3-2.

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