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Lady Tigers knock off Ashland

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

Somebody check and see if the chemistry teacher is on the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ volleyball coaching staff.

Ironton beat the favored Ashland Kittens in four sets Thursday, 15-25, 25-15, 25-23 and 26-24, in what coach Beth Campbell credited to team chemistry.

“I can’t explain the attitude these girls have. It’s a never say die,” said Campbell. “A chemistry is forming amongst them. Each one of them feeds from the others’ energy.”

Ashland is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Kentucky state tournament, but Ironton was able to rise to the challenge.

“It was a fun atmosphere tonight with the football team facing Ashland (Friday). It was kind of a pre-show and the fans did a great job,” said Campbell.

Saige Fields led all scorers with 19 points including 11 aces.

Jordan Hannan had 15 15 with 5 aces with Andi Kratzenberg and Kelly Ferguson scoring 6 and 5 points, respectively.

“All the girls played a factor in the win. We may have had girls who may not have scored a point or received an attack, but had a tremendous serve-receive game,” said Campbell.

Laken White had 16 digs while Macy Wise and Lexie Washington had 5 blocks each.

“Those girls gid a gread job of forcing Ashland into some roll-tip shots and our defense read their minds,” Campbell said of the trio.

The reserves won 25-18, 25-22 as Desiree Scott had 9 points including 8 aces.

Taylor Monk added 4 points and 5 kills, Laura Shope 5 kills and Jordan Leach had 7 points and 16 setting assists.

Ironton plays a tri-match at 10 a.m. in Jackson on Saturday against Jackson and Western Pike. The junior varsity will also compete in the tri-match.