GRAPE CREEK — The Early Lady Horns reeled off their fifth victory in the last six outings to move back over the .500 mark for the season, chalking up a 25-19, 25-20, 25-21 road victory over Grape Creek Tuesday night.
“Outstanding attitude and effort by my girls,” said Early second-year head coach Natalie Whitewood, whose team improved to 12-11 overall. “Even when their crowd started to get really loud we played Longhorn volleyball and never lost the lead in set No. 1 or 3. Set No. 2 we served the first three points and then fought back from 17-13 down and finished Game 2 with force.”
Early generated 29 kills offensively led by 10 from Kacee Gober, seven from Ellie Ryan, five from Trinity Tomlinson, four from Hope Boswell and three from Taylor Summers.
“Our front row was a force to be reckoned with and that was the difference in the game,” Whitewood said.
Vance Cady Gordon distributed 12 assists with seven coming from Summers, two from Emma Loven and one by Haley Spieckerman.
Spieckerman, Gordon, Summers, Ryan, Kenzie Poindexter and Alexa Portillo each served an ace.
Defensively, Ryan collected three blocks while Gober and Poindexter notched one apiece.
Tomlinson led the way with 21 digs trailed by Spieckerman and Loven with 13 each, Gordon with 12, Summers with seven, Portillo with five, Ryan with four and Boswell and Gober with three each.
“We once again put someone away in three sets with dominating tenacity,” Whitewood said. “I am beyond proud and blessed of the girls’ effort, will to win, and desire to compete and to push themselves to be better every game.”
The Lady Horns are next slated to visit San Angelo TLCA at 1 p.m. Saturday.