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Tigers defeat JV Lady Lions

The JV Lady Lions had to battle from behind throughout most of Tuesday night’s match with the Terrell Tigers, yet it was obvious they were going to make the visitors earn a victory (25-21, 23-25 and 15-9 for Terrell).
The Tigers actually opened the match with a 7-0 run before a good Paige Brewer dig led to a Morgan Nichols hit and kick-started the Lady Lion effort. Hits from Hayley Vyers and Stefany Cantu along with a Marisol Wilbanks tip helped Ennis draw close at 10-13.
Wilbanks came up with a kill of her own, yet Terrell was able to reestablish control with a four-point run to go up 19-13. Ennis put one more surge together thanks to a Nichols hit to pull within 20-22 before Terrell put it away at 25-21.
“We battled back tonight after digging an early hole, but Terrell made some good plays out there to get the win,” said coach Jason Wallen.
“You don’t want to get in a hole, yet you have to respond when it happens and it was good to see us fighting back. We’ve been focusing on keeping our serving errors down and the kids are doing well in that regard.
“Morgan did a good job of hitting on the front line tonight.”
In the second game, the Lady Lions managed to stick close from the early going as a Vyers’ kill pulled Ennis even at 7-7. It was nip and tuck over the next 15 points with hits from Vyers and Britani Sanders giving Ennis a 16-14 advantage.
Ennis would actually trail late at 19-22, but Vyers was on the spot once again with a kill as Rachel French followed with a tip. With her team up 24-23, Sanders smacked an ace to even the match up at one game apiece.
“Britani really stepped up there and that’s a confidence builder when a player comes through at the end,” Wallen said.
“Hayley had some clutch hits and our setters did a good job of getting the ball to her. Rachel comes to work hard every day and I’m pleased with her effort.”
Ennis stayed close in the deciding game three until 9-11 thanks to Wilbanks (hit, tip) and Vyers (hit), but the Tigers went on a run at the perfect time to clinch the match (15-9).
“Marisol did well hitting for us out there,” Wallen said.
“We had some passing and communication errors in that last game that eventually hurt us, but those are things we can work out.”

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