Lady Tigers Battle In Four-Set Loss Against Robbinsville

 

October 11, 2018

Freshman Josie Chappell comes up with a kill during the fourth set of Rosman's match against Robbinsville Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers put up a strong fight, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Black Knights, who won the match 3-1. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

You couldn't ask for a better effort than the Rosman Lady Tigers gave Tuesday night.

On a night that saw Rosman honor the five senior members of the team, the Lady Tigers fought back-and-forth with the Robbinsville Black Knights.

And while the Lady Tigers found themselves in the lead for large stretches, the Black Knights took the match by a final of 3-1.

Rosman came out hot in the first set, building a 5-2 lead off an ace from Avery McNeely. A block at the net from Ashley Hoxit put the Lady Tigers in front 10-6 later in the set.

But just when Rosman opened up a five-point lead, the Black Knights came back to tie things up at 14.

From there, Robbinsville went on a 4-1 run to jump ahead 18-15. They maintained their three-point advantage, leading 21-18, before going on to the take the first set.

Robbinsville led early in the second set by as many as four points before Rosman rallied to tie the match at 10-10.

An ace from Hoxit, along with kills from Elizabeth Daves and Josie Chappell, put Rosman ahead 13-11 and a block from McNeely moments later opened up a 15-12 lead for the Lady Tigers.


The match stayed close, but it looked like Rosman was going to hold on, however, once again Robbinsville responded.

Down 19-17, the Black Knights went on a 6-0 run, forcing a Rosman timeout.

Robbinsville got to set point at 24-21 and closed out the set 25-21.

Set three was the closest of the night as the teams fought to tied scores at 6-6, 11-11, 12-12, 15-15 and 16-16.

The Lady Tigers put together a 4-1 run to take a 20-17 lead and force a Robbinsville timeout.

The Black Knights came back to tie things up again, at 22-22, but kills from Chappell and Skylar Harrison closed things out 25-22.

Unfortunately, that would be the last gasp for the Lady Tigers.

Robbinsville never trailed in the fourth set and fought off every comeback attempt Rosman tried to muster.

The Lady Tigers managed to get as close as 12-10, but wouldn't get within striking distance the rest of the match, as Robbinsville closed out the game 25-18.

It was the second time in three matches where Rosman played almost as well as they had all season, but came up short in a four-set loss. The Lady Tigers also lost a four-set battle to Murphy last week.


Rosman's record now stands at 8-12, with a 5-7 mark in the Smoky Mountain Conference. Depending on the outcome of Swain County-Robbinsville on Thursday, the Lady Tigers will either finish tied for fourth or alone in fifth.

Rosman closes out their regular season schedule on the road at Blue Ridge on Thursday. The Lady Tigers will also participate in the SMC tournament, which begins next Monday.

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