Tigers volleyball defeats BeauregardPublished 11:59am Friday, October 11, 2013
The Dadeville Tigers volleyball team looks like it is peaking at the right time.
After a win over Beauregard by scores of 25-16 and 25-20 this past Tuesday, the Lady Tigers pushed their overall record to 17-5 on the year.
The victory didn’t come easy, as the Tigers erased a 20-13 deficit to wrap up the second set.
“I thought we showed a lot of resiliency,” said DHS volleyball coach Sabrina Milligan. “We were able to bounce back from a deficit. We’ve had this tendency to play to our competition. If our opponents come out hyped, that raises our energy.”
The service game was the difference for Dadeville, as the Lady Tigers won 12 straight points during Hallie Cocx’s serving.
“That won us the game,” Milligan said of the team’s serving. “In addition to Hallie, Sierra Wyckoff also served well for us. I was proud of Hallie for being able to serve it out. We had lost momentum, but Hallie stepped up and grabbed it back.”
While the Tigers are currently playing well, they’ve been virtually untouchable in area play. Dadeville has already locked up the top seed in the area tournament, and have only dropped one set all year versus area adversaries.
In spite of that, Milligan said the team can’t get ahead of itself, as there are still more pressing goals to accomplish.
“If we win three of our last five matches, we’d have the first 20-win season in school history,” Milligan said. “I think we’re going to be OK. I don’t want us to get overconfident, even though we have beaten every one in our area. We have to stay focused and not look past anyone. We don’t want any surprises.”
Milligan said the season has laid a good foundation for next year, and has allowed younger players to gain varsity experience that the Tigers will need when they try to reach the Super Regionals.
“We don’t have Keley Williams anymore, so we’re playing three of our eighth graders with varsity,” Milligan said. “The varsity game is a lot quicker than junior varsity, so if we can get those three to play with confidence, it would be huge.”
Milligan said she’s pleased with the team’s play so far, adding that the team can only get better.
“The great thing about this is that we’re dominating the area despite having no seniors,” Milligan said. “The team can learn from the experiences this year, and the sky’s the limit for us next year.”
Next up for Dadeville will be a varsity tri-match against 5A schools Valley and Sylacauga on Tuesday, Oct. 15 starting at 4:30 p.m.