In four sets Monday, the Dripping Springs Tigers surpassed the Hays Rebels in a highly competitive 29-27, 25-16, 28-30, 25-16 win at Tiger Gym.
Michael Kane, Dripping Springs head coach, believed defense was key for the Tigers, as well as their continuous hard work at the net and their response to the constant attacks from the Rebels.
“As always, we want to make sure we are getting better defensively,” Kane said. “We can never be good enough defensively.”
The Rebels and Tigers fought hard in the first set while keeping the score close the entire game. Amid several big plays from the Rebel offense, Dripping Springs kept pace and edged out a 29-27 first set win.
The Tigers maintained momentum by securing a 25-16 second set win and were poised to sweep the match.
With their backs against the wall, Hays rallied back in the third set.
Midway through the third frame, the Rebels increased the tempo, making several key plays that kick started a comeback.
Hays rallied from a 16-11 deficit in the third set to take a narrow 23-20 lead.
Dripping Springs rallied back to tie the score at 23-23, jump starting a furious fight to the finish, where Hays overcame two Tiger set points to win 30-28.
But the Rebels couldn’t halt the Tigers, who roared out to an early 7-1 fourth set lead and never looked back.
Rebel Varsity player Maddie Krafka hopes to see “more energy” on her team in order to generate more success.
Head Coach Stephanie Coates said improvements to work on moving forward extended to ball control and passing.
“Serving tougher and continuing to put pressure on them instead of backing off was a major component in winning the third set,” Coates said.
Both Hays and Dripping Springs will participate in the Fraulein Volleyfest tournament in New Braunfels Aug. 16-18, followed by the Volleypalooza Tournament in Leander Aug. 23-25.
The Tigers host Wimberley 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Tiger Gym. Hays opens district play Aug. 21 against Del Valle, followed by a home match against Bowie at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
Photos from the match can be found here.