Lady Tigers get win despite long layoff

Published 2:54 am Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PROCTORVILLE — Playing again was just the medicine the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers needed.

After a 10-day layup that forced the postponement of two matches due to a flu bug that ravaged the team, the Lady Fighting Tigers returned to the court Monday and beat the Fairland Lady Dragons in straight sets, 25-20, 25-11 and 25-16.

“I was very proud of our playing ability this evening,” said Ironton coach Beth Campbell.

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“We’ve been off for more than a week and our girls have been sick. Considering what’s been going on I thought we played up to our capabilities for the most part.”

Janie Morris had 13 kills, eight digs and 10 points to lead Ironton. Nikki Elswick had 11 kills and 6 solo blocks while Lorna Ceasar scored 8 point — 4 aces — and added 13 kills while Brea Tackett racked up 41 setting assists.

Megan Evans led Fairland with 5 points. Cori Gaeger and Stomie Spitzer had 2 each.

Ironton hosts Jackson on Tuesday and Portsmouth on Thursday in SEOAL games.

“We’ll have to step up our game. Jackson and Portsmouth both have good teams,” said Campbell.

In the reserve match, Fairland won in two games, 25-5, 25-9. Chloe Stanley had 6 points, Chelsey Stanley 5 points including two aces and Taylor Phillips 5 points to lead Fairland.

Ironton at Fairland

Ironton 25-20, 25-11, 25-16

Ironton Statistic Leaders

Points: Brea Tackett 7, Lindsey Ferguson 6 (2 aces), Lorna Ceaser 8 (4 aces), Jnaie Morris 10, Carie Rister 5, Autumn Markel 6 (3 aces).

Setting Assists: Brea Tackett 41.

Blocks: Nikki Elswick 6, Janie Morris 2.

Digs: Janie Morris 8, Brea Tackett 7, Lorna Ceaser 5, Carie Rister 3, Autumn Markel 2.

Kills: Janie Morris 13, Lorna Ceaser 13, Nikki Elswick 11, Torie Klaiber 2, Cortney Rister 1, Sara Linn 1.