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Lady Tigers Defeat Wildcats, Key SMC Matches Ahead


September 30, 2019

Junior hitter Ashley Hoxit tips the ball over the net for the Lady Tigers during Rosman's home match against Andrews last Thursday. Rosman won the match 3-0 and are currently in the middle of the Smoky Mountain Conference standings with a few weeks left in the season. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

The Rosman Lady Tiger volleyball team bounced back from a tough five-set loss to roll past Andrews 3-0 last Thursday.

Rosman controlled the match throughout the evening, winning the three sets 25-9, 25-15 and 25-15.

The victory came two nights after the Lady Tigers lost in five sets to Highlands on the road, dropping the final set 15-13.

Head coach Ashton Williams said she felt her team should have defeated the Highlanders and that her players went into the match against Andrews with some extra motivation after the loss.

"Losing Tuesday night was tough for us, and I think the girls came in a with a chip on their shoulder," Williams said. "We watched a lot of film after that match and they came out tonight and really executed the things we talked about in practice."

It's been a season of streaks so far for Rosman, both winning and losing.

The Lady Tigers started off 4-0 before dropping four straight matches.

They came back to win two straight before the loss to Highlands.

Williams said she's seen glimpses of how good her team can be, but wants to see that level of play on a regular basis.

"At moments when we put it all together, we look pretty good. The consistency isn't there yet, but we're hoping as we swing into the second half of the conference schedule that we're on the upside of things. We want to keep climbing and getting better. We knew it was going to be a process coming in and we just have to stay focused," she said.

With the win, Rosman's record stands at 7-5, with a 4-3 mark in the Smoky Mountain Conference. That puts the Lady Tigers square in the middle of the pack, with three teams above them in the standings and three teams behind.

Five of Rosman's remaining six matches are against conference foes – with three against teams ahead of them and two against teams behind them.

They travel to Cherokee (2-11) on Tuesday before a big showdown at home against Hayesville (10-5) on Thursday.

The following week, Rosman takes on Robbinsville and Murphy – currently first and second, respectively, in the SMC – both on the road.

It's a tough home stretch to close out the season, but Williams said she knows what her team is capable of and is eager to see how they handle these final matches.

"Most of the games we have left are going to be tough for us," Williams said. "But every team we've played in our conference, we feel like we can compete against. We've got two tough road games in one week and that's going to show us who we are. It's not going to be easy, but, hopefully, we're going to step up to challenge."


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