CALCUTTA - The Tigers got loose.
The Howland volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win the final three games en route to a 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-14, over AAC rival Beaver Local Thursday night at the Beaver Dome.
With the loss, the Beavers drop to 8-7 on the season.
(ABOVE) The Beavers huddle during a break in the action on Thursday against Howland. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
Beaver Local got off to a strong start by winning the first game, but Howland was able to turn the tide in the second game, and the Tigers did not look back.
"We had a good quick start," Beaver Local head coach Sarah Lowe said. "We were able to jump on them and win the first set.
"In the second set, our unforced errors got out of hand. We made several mistakes. We rallied a little bit, but unfortunately we were unable to come back from that."
Individually for the Beavers, Ali Buchheit tallied two aces, 10 points, 11 digs, 21 sets, eight assists, 11 spikes, one kill and one block, Sierra Wright collected five digs, 11 sets, five assists, seven spikes, two kills and one block and Laini Roberts recorded two aces, eight points, 14 digs, five spikes and one kill.
Also for the Beavers, Danna Talbott contributed two points, eight digs, 10 spikes, four kills and two blocks, Nevada Dobbs delivered three points, three digs, 14 spikes, nine kills and five blocks and Miranda Turkovich added two digs, five sets, one assist, six spikes and one kill.
Next, Mackenzie Davis scored three points to go along with 19 sets and six assists, Tannar Dolhun ended up with one dig, one spike and three kills and Sierra Jones chipped in with one dig and four blocks.
Finally, Jordan Simpson netted one dig.
"I don't think they changed up their game plan," Lowe said. "We tried several different things. Howland's hitters were on tonight. They played really well. Our defense worked as hard as it could. They fully put forth a good effort. Unfortunately, Howland was the better team tonight. There is no doubt, however, that the girls played hard this evening."
The loss was a tough way for the Beavers to end the week. Beaver Local played three matches this week, and the Beavers ended up going 1-2 for the week. Beaver Local lost Monday at home to local-rival Wellsville. The Beavers bounced back from the loss to the Tigers to defeat Struthers Wednesday on the road.
"It was a little tough in terms of the wins and losses column," Lowe said. "One thing we try to do is not measure ourselves by our wins and losses. We want to get better. We want to keep on improving.
"We had a couple of losses this week, but we still have seen improvement. Hopefully, we will continue to see improvement, and hopefully we will be able to make our mark once we get into sectionals. We are working hard toward that goal.
"Some people look at a team and judge them by their record. We are working on some things in house. We are making changes, and hopefully we will be a good team come tournament time."
Beaver Local is also in contention for a spot in the OVAC Class 5A Tournament.
"We are still battling back and forth," Lowe said. "I'm not sure where we will end up. We are right on the bubble."
Beaver Local won the JV match, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20.
Bobbie Ann Theiss and Lynsey Reckner each recorded 16 points to lead the way for the Beavers.
Beaver Local's next match is Monday night at East Liverpool in the annual Volley for a Cure game.
"we do have a big game coming up Monday," Lowe said. "It is a local rival. The kids are excited. It's the Volley for a Cure game for breast cancer. It's two local schools coming together for a good cause. It's just not going a match against a rival. This brings a little extra to it."