• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Lady Tigers win on eighth-grade night

THE WCMS LADY TIGERS volleyball team was honored at eighth-grade night on Thursday, Jan. 4. Front row from left: Lilly Mullins, Olivia Smith, Kendall Carter, Morgan Warder and Madison Tracy. Back row from left: Caroline Marshall, Abba Stith, Justice Mudd, Hannah Rose, Azaria Johnson, Olivia Devore, Kenzie terry and Olivia Spears. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The WCMS Lady Tigers' volleyball team celebrated eighth-grade night with a 2-1 (21-8,19-21,15-9) win over Royal Springs on Thursday, Jan. 4.

“Last year, I was the assistant Coach and I watched this group struggle a lot but to see them grow like this is very special,” said WCMS coach Jeff Lyle. “I have encouraged them to try out for the high school team next year and I think they could all be an asset to that team. These kids work hard, they are a great group of young ladies and I have enjoyed coaching them.”

The Lady Tigers jumped out to fast lead in the first set by winning nine straight service points by Madison Tracy. Woodford controlled the entire set by being aggressive and forcing their opponent into mistakes. The Lady Tigers closed out the set on a 4-0 run.

Woodford was cruising along in the second set and were two points from winning the match when Royal Springs called timeout and sparked a rally. The Lady Titans rattled off seven straight points to win and force a third set.

The Lady Tigers opened up the third set with a 7-4 lead but the Lady Titans fought back to tie the set at 7-7. The Lady Jackets led 14-9 and the Royal Springs called a timeout hoping to spark one more rally. Woodford held on to win 15-9.

“This night was like a dream to me,” said WCMS eighth-grader Hannah Rose. “We are a very close group and these girls are like family to me. We like to win every time we play but what really matters to me is that we are all here together supporting each other.

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