For both Travis and Foster, Tuesday night’s volleyball match showed two young teams still trying to learn to be a winner while adjusting without key players.
The Lady Tigers, who were minus a couple of starters, fought back and got a big road win over the Lady Falcons, winning 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24, 15-7.
“We have a young team that is trying to put it together and stay consistent,” Travis head coach Nicole Hitt said. “We’re very up and down, but the fact that we got the win is awesome. We haven’t beaten Foster in a couple of years.”
Travis, led by sophomore outside hitter Brianna McDonald and junior outside hitter Karina Garoni, rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth set to force a fifth one. Then strong play at the net by McDonald and costly errors by Foster allowed Travis to pull out the win.
Foster played well in the first three sets, getting good digs in the backrow that led to good swings by junior outside hitter Kiley Smink. The Lady Falcons pulled out a tight first set and pulled away from Travis in the third set with a 9-0 run en route to a 25-19 win.
But Travis also played tough at the net, as McDonald and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Glendening got key blocks to spark its offense. Trailing 23-22 in the fourth set, Glendening got a kill to tie the set, then a kill by McDonald, an ace by Glendening and another kill by McDonald gave the Lady Tigers the win to force a fifth set.
Both teams played close in the fifth set, but Travis pulled away as kills by freshman middle blocker Ryan Williams and outside hitter Alicia Williams allowed the Lady Tigers to build a 10-7 lead. Then after trading points, Travis took advantage of four Foster hitting errors and got an ace by Alicia Williams to end the match with the victory.
Smink led Foster with nine kills, while junior middle blocker Alexis Obialo had seven kills and three blocks. Junior outside hitter Annie Creery had seven kills and 17 digs, while senior setters Ashley Isbell and Briana Creery combined for 28 assists.
“I think we’re making too many unnecessary errors right now,” Foster head coach Morgan Hunter said. “We’re a very new team. We got girls playing that have not yet played at this high of a level before, so it’s going to take us some time to get things rolling.”
Travis moved to 4-2 on the season and will take the weekend off before resuming play on Tuesday at home against Seven Lakes. Foster drops to 4-6 and will play in a tournament in Dickinson starting on Thursday.