EARLY — Trailing late in all three sets, the Early Lady Horns achieved a program-first as they rallied in each to a claim their first-ever straight-set victory, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 over the Grape Creek Lady Eagles Tuesday night.
“This was an outstanding win, the girls never gave up,” said Early first-year head coach Natalie Whitewood.
In the opening set, the Lady Horns battled back from a 23-15 deficit. In the second, Early climbed out of a 21-12 hole. So trailing 19-15 in the third set, the Lady Horns had no problem completing the sweep.
“This is the team I saw from day one, a group of young ladies with one common goal,” Whitewood said. “Their hustle and resilience paid off.”
Trinity Tomlinson led the Early attack with nine kills trailed by eight from Hope Boswell, five each from Kacee Gober and Ellie Ryan, four from Jenna Whitehead, three from Lainey Speck, two from CyLee Tyson and one from Emma Loven.
Tyson and Brilee Tyson each served two aces, while Gober chipped in one.
Tyson also dished out a team-best 13 assists followed by 11 from Vance Cady Gordon, two apiece from Loven, Ryan and Speck and one each by Whitehead, Gober and Hallie Brinson.
Defensively for Early, Loven chalked up 29 digs trailed by Tomlinson with 15, Tyson with 13, Gober with nine, Boswell and Gordon with two each and Whitehead and Speck with one apiece.
At the net, Ryan and Tomlinson finished with one block each.