Tiger Volleyball Spikes Mt. Ayr

Luana Plese (#7) gets a high five from TJ Stoaks after her assist on Stoaks’ kill in the first set against Mt Ayr.  Plese had all 29 assists in the Tigers’ win. (photo by Meg Barker)

TJ Stoaks with a kill in the 2nd set of the Tigers win over Mt Ayr last Tuesday.  Stoaks led the team with 14 kills in the match.(photo by Meg Barker)

The Lenox Tiger Volleyball team had just one matchup this week, but it was a big one. The Raiderettes from Mt. Ayr traveled to take on our hometown Tigers Tuesday in Pride Of Iowa Conference play with the possibility of the winner likely getting to host a Conference Tournament game next week.
It has been several years since the Tigers were able to hang with the 2A team from Ringgold County, but this year it was all Taylor County Tigers as Lenox won in straight sets 25-19, 25-19, and 25-10.
“It was a great performance from everyone, and feels great to win on our home court against a quality opponent at this stage in the season.” Coach Tom Christensen stated Wednesday morning.
The Tigers were hammering the ball attacking the net 82 times with 34 kills. The 34 successful kills are a season high for playing just three sets in a match. It got started with great defense that turned into offense as Junior Setter Luana Plese set up a season high 27 assists for Tiger Hitters.
Junior Cassidy Nelson led the Tigers from her outside hitting position with her own season best of 19 kills. Fellow Junior Tyra Stoaks was right behind her with 18 finishes, and Senior Camryn Douglas also put down her highest total kills this season with 16.
Other kills came from Junior Jordan England, Senior Kayla Yzaguirre, Luana Plese, and Junior Lauren Christensen. Christensen smacked down 12 kills in addition to 15 digs and an impressive seven aces!
As a team the Tigers collected 17 aces on the night with a serve efficiency of 96%. Yzaguirre was as usual as force when it comes to the defensive side as she had 27 digs. Stoaks, Nelson, and Plese also made themselves known on the defensive end of this with 12, 12, and six digs respectfully. England and Stoaks also each skyed for four blocks a piece on Mt. Ayr Hitters.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday and Thursday next week as they have a pair of road trips to Adair County. Tuesday at Nodaway Valley (14-5), and Orient-Macksburg (4-8). Tiger Pride.

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