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Freshman Lady Lions lose tight match to Terrell

The visiting Terrell Tigers came away with a two-game victory over the Freshman Lady Lions on Tuesday (25-21, 25-23), but Ennis had a very realistic shot to win both games.
Terrell took full advantage of some early Ennis miscues to jump ahead 6-1, yet Hannah Farris reeled off four-straight service points while a Kirsten Minderman tip made it 8-7 Lady Lions. The two squads traded blows as hits from Emily Ferguson and Asha Dansby, a Hannah Farris kill and a couple of service points from Madalyn Zapletal pushed the lead to 16-13. Ennis led as late as 19-18 with Monae Edwards and Minderman making good on tips, but some late mistakes proved costly as Terrell finished on a 7-2 run.
“Hannah is a great server and one of our more talented players,” said coach Chris Pitts.
“Kirsten is a big part of the team too. She’s an excellent server and can come up with blocks up front as well. If we can cut down on those errors, we’ll have a chance to win almost every time.”
With Ferguson hitting the floor in search of digs early in game two, Dansby followed a Farris tip with five-straight service points to put her team up 7-2. Good digs from Ferguson and Stormi Suarez along with a trio of Minderman service points helped Ennis go ahead 13-9 as it attempted to tie things up.
“Emily’s effort is great on the defensive end,” Pitts said.
“Asha found some success with some quality serves and she gives us good size up front. If you can’t serve and return serve, you’re in trouble. Kirsten stepped up with some big serves of her own.”
Ennis led as late as 16-15 before Terrell slowly regained control. Down 18-23, the Lady Lions made one last run as Minderman reeled off five-straight service points with a Ferguson hit tying the score up at 23-23. Unfortunately, a hit into the net and one out of bounds gave the Tigers the precious final points they needed for victory.
“We’ve got a good team, so right now it’s a matter of getting everybody focused and on the same page,” Pitts said.
“We need to serve more consistently, improve our passing and eliminate our errors. Hopefully everything comes together for us by the time district starts.”

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