With the win, the Lady Tornadoes improved to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference play.
“It was nice to get back on the winning track,” TC head coach Ron Burt said. “We had a real tough loss at Dillard in a five setter. It was nice to get this win to get back on track in the conference. We are 2-2 in conference now. We are in good shape going into our division. We are off all next week; we don’t play again until next Saturday. We have two big conference games on Saturday and Sunday. We play SUNO Saturday and Xavier on Sunday here at home. That is really going to let us know where we stand. Our one loss in conference was a bad loss for us. We came out flat and couldn’t pick it back up. Today, we played a pretty level-consistent game . We picked up when we needed to and that’s why we ended up coming out on top. When we needed a kill we got a kill, when we needed a block we got a block. The girls stepped up and played how they needed to play to win the game.”
The Lady Tornadoes cruised in the first set 25-15.
In the second set, Edward Waters was able to stay close early in the match, but the Lady Tornadoes were able to pull away. With the score tied at 9-9, TC went on a 6-0 run. Zia Mose recorded back to back kills to give TC a 13-9 advantage. An ace by Gabrielle Bailey gave the Lady Tornadoes a 14-9 lead. Mose added another kill to increase their lead to 16-10.
“Zia is Zia,” Burt said. “If you give her a good ball she is going to put the ball down . “
Bailey’s kill gave TC a 21-13 lead. TC scored 4 of the next 6 points to win the second set.
In the third set, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on the serve of Shyterria Webb. TC scored 4 straight points to tie the game. Bailey recorded an ace to cut the lead to 4-3. Mose tied the game with an emphatic kill.
TC began to pull away midway through the set. The Lady Tornadoes received 4 straight points off the serve of Tanaira Rounds to increase their lead to 14-10.
Bailey recorded a kill that just missed from hitting an Edward Waters defender in the face, which increased the Lady Tornadoes lead to 16-12. The Lady Tornadoes recorded 33 kills against the Lady Tigers on Saturday.
“She is very athletic,” Burt said. “She has a tendency to lose focus a little bit and that is why I take her out on the back row. When it comes down to offense, she can put the ball down with anybody. I would like to get her a little bit more experience. I have a sophomore playing, too, and they are very close in ability, so I have to play whoever is hot that day. That is why I left Gabby in, because she was playing a little bit better than Shawna (Ximines). Shawna was playing well, but I like to give the person with the hot hand the chance to keep going.”
The freshman from Pompano Beach, Fla., recorded an ace to make it 19-14. Kills by Sarina Thompson and Mose increased the lead to 9 points, 23-14. A net serve by Edward Waters sealed the Lady Tornadoes’ second conference win of the season.
“I was pleased with our defense,” Burt said. “I don’t have the number of digs, it was in the mid-20’s. They didn’t attack the ball much, but when they did they didn’t put it down on us . We were scraping all over the court digging the ball up and that is what it takes to win in the conference. I don’t want to lose a game, in conference you have to do what you have to do to get the win in conference. Now that we are back to .500, we are doing well enough to get momentum from here.”