Van, Rains keep Lady Tigers searching

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The Wills Point Lady Tigers find themselves in an unenviable position with the first round of District 13-4A play nearly complete, falling in matches to both Van and Emory Rains over the past week to drop to 0-4 overall with six games left to play.

Wills Point hit the road Sept. 29, traveling to Van to take on the longtime rival Lady Vandals in a pivotal district showdown. The Lady Tigers could not maintain the momentum of a fast start in the match, moving to 0-3 with a four-set loss to Van.

Wills Point kept the Lady Vandals on their heels in the first set, outhitting and outdefending their Van counterparts to claim the first set 25-21.

The tide began to turn in the second as Van’s frontline duo of Macy Rucker and Skylar Savage began to assert themselves, allowing the Lady Vandals to take the second set 25-16.

Van’s formula for success continued to pay dividends throughout the rest of the night resulting in a 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 win over the Lady Tigers.

Rucker and Savage played a pivotal role for Van, with Rucker totaling a match-high 18 kills and Savage contributing a match-high 10 blocks.

Wills Point returned to the court Oct. 3, kicking off a five-game home stand with a match against defending district champion Emory Rains.

The Lady Tigers began play against the Lady Cats with a dominant start, taking the first two sets 25-18, 26-24. Things began to fall apart for Wills Point in the third as Emory Rains ripped off a 25-6 stretch to cut their deficit in half.

Play was much more competitive in the fourth, Rains would get the better of Wills Point (27-25), extending the match to a fifth and deciding set.

Rains, which rallied back from a two-sets-to-none deficit in their previous match against Canton Sept. 29, completed a second consecutive five-set comeback win by topping the Lady Tigers 15-11. 

Wills Point was scheduled to host the Brownsboro Bearettes to wrap up the first round of District 13-4A play Oct. 6. Other upcoming dates for the Lady Tigers include home contests against Mabank Oct. 10, Canton Oct. 13 and Van Oct. 17. The matchup with the Lady Vandals will serve as Senior Night for the Wills Point volleyball program.

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