The Clear Springs Chargers defeated the Lady Gators on Tuesday night at Dickinson in a three-set match with the winning scores being 25-23, 25-13 and 28-26.
Clear Springs’ Haley Moses won the Chargers’ first point of the first set with a kill. With Springs in the lead at the start of the set, Dickinson quickly caught up with a kill made by Sharanda Anderson, tying the teams 3-3, but the tie was broken by Clear Springs’ Kenadee Poye with a kill.
From this point, Dickinson took back the lead all the way up until a kill made by Moses triggered a series of rallies in which the Chargers slowly crept up on Dickinson until a tip by Mary Alper brought them back into the lead toward the end of the set leaving the score 21-20. With a fight from the Lady Gators, Clear Springs won the set 25-23.
Clear Springs started off the second set with a tip made by Poye, and took the lead throughout the entire set. Anderson made a kill that started a rise from Dickinson, but it still left Clear Springs in the lead 11-3. Alper scored the winning point with a hit that left the score for the second set at 25-13.
The Chargers once again took the lead for the third and final set of the match. Destiny Hayward made a kill for the Lady Gators that brought them close behind Clear Springs at 13-15 in the middle of the set. This began a fight that kept them on the backs of Springs. Amaya Young completed a serve that put the Lady Gators a point behind Clear Springs with a score of 20-21. From here, the teams were continuously tied until the last two points of the match. A dig by Demi Slater left the teams tied 25-25, soon after, a kill made by Clear Springs’ Shiya Richardson tied the teams 26-26. Clear Springs caught the lead and won the set 28-26.
Richardson had 14 kills, Hannah Floyd had 28 digs, and Kayla Zirkle and Massiel Coronado both had 24 assists for Clear Springs.
“Our kids came out with more intensity than we’ve had in the past,” Clear Springs head coach Shannon McClellen said. “Our focus is one game at a time to be successful in district and to make playoffs. Right now we are focusing on cutting back on errors and getting excited about every point.”
The Chargers (6-4 in district) will next play at Clear Falls (8-2) at 6 p.m. Friday.
For Dickinson, Young had 11 kills, Destiny Tom had 36 assists, and Hayward had 18 digs.
The Lady Gators (1-9) will play at Alvin (0-10) at 6 p.m. Friday.