By ANTHONY STEVENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
HONAKER, Va. —
The Honaker Lady Tigers gained a split in the Black Diamond District regular season series with Twin Valley on Tuesday evening, sweeping the Lady Panthers 25-20, 28-26, 25-16 at A.P. Baldwin Gymnasium.
Twin Valley (8-4, 5-1) has substantial leads in each of the first two sets but the Lady Tigers were able to battle back.
“At first we struggled getting our hard hits in,” said Honaker’s Kaitlen Hubbard. “We finally got our hits and was able to speed up the game. It kind of brought our whole team together and we started playing with confidence.”
Hubbard played well at the net and on the back row for Honaker finishing with 13 service points and six kills. Hubbard dealt with a couple of pressure packed situations. She served the final three points in the first set. She also brought Honaker back from an 8-6 deficit in the third set with eight consecutive points.
They never trailed from that point.
“You get kind of nervous when you serve,” Hubbard said. “Then everyone gets so excited, it just makes you excited and you want to get them in. Once you get the first two or three in, then you feel like your set and ready to serve hard and get them in.”
Hitter Alexis Ramsey was a force at the net for the Lady Panthers finishing with 12 kills, two blocks and also contributed eight service points. Ramsey posed a lot of problems for Honaker.
“Honaker just made more plays when it counted than we did,” said Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman. “Each team made some runs and it seemed like their run ended up with the 25 points.”
Lakin Keene led the Lady Panthers with nine service points and Alexis Vance added seven points. Hannah Daniels tallied seven assists.
For Honaker Laura Hess totaled 12 points and pounded six kills. Montanna Compton was outstanding in the back row with 15 digs. Katie Caudill distributed the ball with 23 assists. The Lady Tigers had a strong game at the line with eight aces.
“We went over to Twin Valley and struggled, losing in four sets to them and was never able to get it together,” Honaker coach Amy Davidson said. “I think this will definitely be a confidence builder for us.”
There are still more matches to be played, but it appears the two teams may be headed for a playoff in the Crooked Road Conference. Each currently has one conference loss.
“We could very well end up seeing Twin Valley again,” remarked Davidson. “We just have to play like we did tonight and have our game together.”