Test Tigers Tame Bulldogs
As any coach will tell you, it is always difficult to defeat an opponent twice in the same season. Players get better, coaches change game plans and the energy level and focus doesn’t quite reach the same intensity as the initial skirmish. Such was the case for the junior Tigers. The concentration level was not there. Distractions seemed to be everywhere and the early performance by the Tigers showcased their lack attention to the opposition across the net. The Dennis Bulldogs were also playing well and taking advantage of every opportunity that presented itself. Coach Farris had the Dogs ready and Dennis was looking for a win.
Game one was an exercise in frustration for Test. Five serving errors made it very difficult for the Tiger clan to mount any offensive threat and giving the ball back to Dennis only compounded the woes of the felines. The continual give and take kept things very even on the score board. Ties at 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, and 18 kept the crowd excited and the coaches intrigued. There would be a winner. Who was going to make the play that would break it open? The tenacious Bulldogs answered that question in resounding fashion by scoring the final eight points of the game, taking the first set victory 25-18. There was no doubt, these Bulldogs were mean and they would bite.
The second set started out more to the Tiger’s liking. After a change in the starting line-up, three points by Abby Necessary put the Cats out to an early lead. Two servers later, Emily Moran added two more and Test was up 7-3. Back and forth the points went, sideout, sideout until Dennis fired of five to go up 10-9. The Bulldogs were persistent. They wanted so badly to defeat their crosstown rival. Three more by the canines and felines were in trouble. Now trailing 13-10, Necessary delivered three for the Tigers and evened the score. Two for Dennis, two for Test. And then Ariana Santos Mendoza scores three more putting Test up 19-16. The Bulldogs responded with four of their own and took the lead, 20-19. A Test sideout was followed by Rylie Kidd scoring three more and the Tigers led 23-21. A quick sideout and the final point was served by Emily Moran. The Tigers won game two 25-21. The match could go to either team. Sudden death in a crosstown shootout, it doesn’t get any better than this!
Game three began with Test winning the coin flip and electing to serve. Abby Necessary delivered six points and established a lead that the Tigers would never relinquish. The Bulldogs would close the gap and the Tigers would again pull away. Rylie Kidd added four followed by the final three from Emily Moran. The 15-10 victory brings the 7th grade Tigers to ten wins and three losses with the final match of the season next week against the Patriots of Union County.
- 2 Richmond High School
- 1 Dennis David Worth School
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Test Tigers Tame Bulldogs