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Lady Tigers Dominate SMC Rival Yellowjackets 3-0

 

October 7, 2019

There was plenty of celebrating last Thursday at Rosman High School as the Lady Tiger volleyball team scored a 3-0 victory over Hayesville to pick up a crucial Smoky Mountain Conference win and maintain their third-place spot in the SMC standings. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

There was no denying the Rosman Lady Tigers last Thursday, as they put together one of their best performances of the year, from start to finish, in a 3-0 win over Hayesville.

Rosman took it to the Yellowjackets right out of the gate and never let up, winning 25-13, 25-12 and 25-23.

The Lady Tigers previously lost to Hayesville 3-2 on the road, and came into Thursday's contest with payback in mind.

Head coach Ashton Williams said her team didn't play their best in the first meeting, but felt confident they were ready this time around.

"We knew we did not play to our potential our last match against Hayesville. We made a lot of unforced errors and gave them points. We were ready this time. We had a great practice going into the match. We had a lot of energy and we understood what we needed to do defensively and offensively," she said.

That energy, combined with efficient play on the floor, made for a long night for the visitors. Hayesville never got into a rhythm and looked overwhelmed during stretches of play.

Rosman stormed through the first set, leading by as many as nine points before closing it out. That trend continued in the second set, as the Lady Tigers built leads of five, eight and 10 points.

The final set provided a few tense moments.

Hayesville took a 10-8 lead before Williams called a timeout. The Lady Tigers responded with an 8-2 run to move ahead 16-12, prompting a Yellowjacket timeout.

Rosman kept rolling, moving ahead 21-12 and looking ready to slam the book shut.

But Hayesville had one last sting left, rallying all the way back to tie things up at 23. However, Rosman wasn't shaken, and responded with a kill from Ashley Hoxit to make it set point.

Rosman closed things out moments later to score their first win over Hayesville since 2015.

The win gives Rosman a 9-5 overall record, with a 6-3 conference record – good for third place in the Smoky Mountain Conference. Rosman has won five of its last six matches and looks to be putting everything together at just the right time.

Laikyn Buchanan delivers a serve for the Lady Tigers. Rosman has two tough road matches this week – at Murphy and at Robbinsville.

"I don't want us to peak quite yet, but I do feel like we are getting better," Williams said. "We're progressing and starting to gel together. We have hit our stride, but still have lots of room for improvement."

Last week's performance sets the stage for two huge road matches this week, as Rosman takes on Murphy and Robbinsville.

The Black Knights lead the SMC at 9-1, with the Bulldogs just a half-game behind at 8-1.

It's a tall order for any team to win on the road against an opponent at the top of the standings, but the way Rosman is playing, anything is possible.

"We feel like we can compete with those teams, particularly with the volleyball we're playing right now," Williams said. "Hopefully, we can pull out an upset or two."

 
 

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