Lady Tigers Punch Playoff Ticket, Face North Stanly Comets

 

Last updated 1/11/2021 at 4:12pm

The Rosman Lady Tigers finished the season at 9-2, coming in second place in the Smoky Mountain Conference and earning their third straight trip to the 1A playoffs. Rosman will take on North Stanly on Tuesday in the first round. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

After a 9-2 finish in the regular season and coming in second place in the Smoky Mountain Conference, the Rosman Lady Tigers are playoff bound, advancing to the postseason for the third straight year.

Rosman closed out the season strong, picking up a pair of road wins against Andrews and Hayesville.

When the state playoff brackets were revealed on Saturday, the Lady Tigers received a 12 seed and will travel to face the 5 seed –– North Stanly –– on Tuesday.

The Comets (10-1) finished the season undefeated in conference play, taking first place in the Yadkin Valley Conference. The team's sole loss on the year came against 3A East Rowan.

It's the second time in three years that the two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs. North Stanly defeated Rosman 3-0 during the 2018 postseason.


The Comets are an experienced squad, with eight of its 12 members listed as upperclassmen, including four seniors.

They have a pair of big senior hitters in Taegan Lowder and Cleo Carter, who have 164 and 147 kills, respectively.

Both teams fell in the second round of the playoffs last year, with Rosman falling to Robbinsville and North Stanly losing to Murphy.

So far this season, Rosman has been led offensively by junior Josie Chappell and senior Ashley Hoxit, who have combined for 169 kills.

The Lady Tigers' defense has been solid, with Laikyn Buchanan and Maggi Galloway leading the way in blocks, with 116 combined.

Elizabeth Daves leads the team in digs (268) and serves received (238).

The winner of Tuesday's match advances to the second round to face the winner of 4 seed Alleghany and 13 seed Gray Stone Day.

 
 

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