The St. David Lady Tigers posted wins over Tombstone and Valley Union last week, capping their week off with a third-place effort in the Pima Tournament Saturday.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Lady Tigers dispatched the Yellowjackets 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-23, 25-11.
Chelsey Stover was the Tigers’ big hitter on the night with 16 kills while Kayla Bradford added eight to lead St. David. Other players who recorded kills included ShaeLynn Trejo with five, Rylie Vargas with three, Ashton Taylor and BreAnne Webb with two and Tarryn Lee and Shae Cottrell with one.
Trejo and Stover made sure the power hitters were able to attack at the net. Trejo led in the setting category with 22 assists and Stover added 15 in the win.
The Tigers were strong defensively at the net with Vargas leading the way with a pair of blocks, while Trejo, Bradford and Taylor each had a block as well.
Defensively, Lee had 24 digs to lead St. David. Lee was followed in that category by Stover who had 10; Jessica Vincent, seven; Bradford, six; Vargas, and Trejo five; Webb, two and Taylor with one.
On Friday, the Lady Tigers topped Valley Union in five sets 3-2.
The Tiger dropped the first two, 23-25, 26-28, then rallied to win three straight, 25-17, 25-17, 15-11.
The Lady Tigers may have entered that game a little over confident. “The valley game was really tough. I think we went in there like we had it and didn’t give it our all,” said junior Rylie Vargas. “When we realized that it wasn’t going to be easy, we all pulled it together and stuck it out as a team. When we know we have to do something, we make sure to do so.”
Stover led St. David with 18 kills while Bradford added seven and Trejo five. Serving, Webb picked up seven aces with Bradford picking up four to help lead the lady Tigers.
Trejo and Stover again posted solid efforts setting the ball for the power hitters. Trejo recorded 19 assists and Stover had 15. Stover and Lee were also stellar on the defensive side of the ball each with 23 digs, while Vargas had 17, Trejo 15, and Bradford 12, Vincent with four, Webb with two and Waite with one.
In the Pima Tournament on Saturday, St. David won three games in pool play, splitting with Round Valley, 15-12, 11-15; Fort Thomas, 14-15, 15-9; and Hayden, 15-11, 12-13.
The Tigers then went on to post a 5-2 record in bracket play of the double-elimination format. St. David was able to post wins over Tombstone, Hayden, San Manuel, St. Johns and Snowflake, and fell short against Snowflake and Round Valley.
“We need to play more consistent,” said St. David Coach Tylene Miller. “They started off slow in pool play. Late in bracket play they started playing ball. When they play it is amazing. It is so great to see them pull together and play the way I know they can play.”
The Tigers are on the road Friday against Academy of Tucson at Green Fields for a 5 p.m. game.