BANGS - The success the Bangs Lady Dragons have enjoyed on the road thus far followed them home Tuesday as they added two more victories in their first home volleyball matches of the season.
In a tri-match, Bangs notched a 25-11, 25-12 win over Ranger to start the action, then added a 25-10, 25-12 triumph over Hamilton in the finale.
The victories improved the Lady Dragons’ record to 9-2 under first-year head coach Meredyth Meador.
“The girls were excited on the floor and we dominated today,” Meador said. “I was most pleased to see the way we covered the tips and were doing other things we haven’t been doing. Their blocking is also coming along. They were working together, calling tips and talking on the floor.”
Though the Lady Dragons had little trouble against both opponents, there was an aspect of the game that didn’t sit well with Meador.
“Serving hurt us more than it should have and more than the score showed, but they can work on that,” Meador said. “They’ve just got to learn to play to the speed of the other team.”
Against Hamilton, the Lady Dragons tallied the first 11 points of the opening set.
Back-to-back aces by LeCrecia Apple led to the first Hamilton time out with the score reading 5-0 in favor of the Lady Dragons.
Andrea Evers added a kill, Apple served two more aces and unforced errors by Hamilton allowed Bangs to push its lead to 11 points.
Julia Fincher then recorded three straight kills to increase the Bangs lead to 14-2, while a kill by Taylor Vasquez made the score 16-4.
Laryn Cantu’s tip gave Bangs a 13-point cushion at 18-5 and two more spikes from Evers pushed the lead to 22-9.
In the second set, Bangs scored 10 of the first 12 points as Fincher and Evers racked up a kill apiece.
A kill by Cantu and a Taylor Beck ace pushed the advantage to 15-4.
Amy Wilson served an ace down the stretch and Nette Evers added two spikes to help finish off Hamilton.
Bangs will next compete in the Dublin tournament Thursday and Saturday.
“I want to see them continue to come together as a team and work hard all weekend,” Meador said. “They’re working hard and we’ve had a really good last few days of practice. We just have to work on getting our serves in.”