Alcoa volleyball splits with AC, Clinton
By David Cobb | (email@example.com)
The Alcoa volleyball team has one senior, and according to her coach, she didn’t have the best statistical night on Thursday.
But when Madison Thompson’s team needed a boost in the third set of a tight match against Anderson County, she came through with points on consecutive serves to lead the Lady Tornados to a win in the set, and a 23-25, 25-23, 25-12 win in the match.
“That was a senior stepping up,” Alcoa coach Sam Thomas told The Daily Times. “When it counted she stepped up and that’s what you need from your senior.”
The score was 16-11 when Thompson went to serve. By the time she was done it was 18-11 and Alcoa cruised to victory.
It was a welcome run for Thomas, because in game two the Lady T’s struggled to stretch their lead beyond five, and Anderson County hung around to nearly steal the match after outlasting Alcoa in the opening set.
Thomas praised the mental toughness of his young team for coming back from the early deficit.
“I was really pleased to see them jump back from that and respond with energy,” Thomas said, “and a big part of that was our senior Madison Thompson.”
Kati Townsend paced Alcoa offensively with 11 kills.
Clinton def. Alcoa: Match two of the night for Alcoa was the opposite of the first match. It started good and went south.
After jumping out to 17-13 lead in the opening set, the Lady T’s ran out of gas and fell to Clinton 25-21, 25-12.
“We were physically kind of spent,” Thomas said. “We were a little tired, I could tell they were struggling to get up and we started hitting balls out and that sort of thing.”
The Lady Tornados are 3-1 through the season’s first week.
Clinton def. WB: Like Alcoa did in its first match, William Blount showed toughness in coming back from a loss in its first game by keeping pace with and even taking the lead from Clinton in the second game.
But in the end, Clinton — which left Blount County with a pair of wins — wouldn’t be denied and stole a 25-14, 25-22 victory.
“Our first set we didn’t come out as a team,” WB coach Tiffany Tipton told The Daily Times. “The second set we really stepped our game up and we came out and did everything that we needed to do and we fought. Clinton was a good team, so we kept up with them as best we could and we did play better in the second set as team.”
AC def. WB: After falling to Alcoa in a three-game match, Anderson County came out firing against William Blount.
The Lady Govs kept both sets close early but fell 25-13, 25-15.
After opening the season with a pair of wins on Tuesday, WB is 2-2, and according to Tipton, there’s plenty of room to grow.
“We have some young players,” she said. “We have two young middles, and as we kind of settle in a little bit, we’ll get in more of a routine as a team. We weren’t ourselves tonight. Our serves were off. Our passing was off. Our communication was off, and it’s just those things that we need to improve on.”