Lady Tigers knock off Ashland

Published 1:40 am Friday, September 14, 2012

Jim Walker


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.