The Big Spring Lady Steers fell to the Frenship Lady Tigers Tuesday night in four matches, even after an energetic, exciting start. The scores of 23-25, 25-22, 18-25 and 15-25 in no way measured the effort put into this one by the hometown girls. Despite the wave of emotion present at Steer gym, the Lady Tigers got some momentum behind them and never looked back.
After falling behind 7-11 in the first match, Big Spring rallied and tied the game at 15 apiece, then again at 18, before eventually succumbing to the high-flying aerial attack of Frenship and falling 23-25.
The second match provided the most competitive fight of the night as the two teams traded points like boxers trading punches. Neither squad could push beyond a two point lead until late into the period when Big Spring rose up and took a 19-16 advantage. The net presence of Cerbi Ritchey (29 assists, 16 kills and 21 digs) and Taylor Seaton (22 kills and six digs) was overwhelming and the Lady Steers grabbed their only victory of the night in a 25-22 slugfest.
Matches three and four saw the girls in black and gold fall successively 18-25 and 15-25 as they were never able to duplicate the intensity they displayed in that second match. However, their defense never seemed to tire as Carson Reibe and Clara Benavides combined for 50 digs on the night. Logan Yarbar added 16 more and Diamond Mayes had seven blocks to lead the Lady Steers in that category.
Morgan Seaton had 18 assists in the effort, as well as three kills and 14 digs. Haley Dimidjian added six kills and two digs to the stat sheet as well as Big Spring dropped to 7-3 for the season.
The varsity squad will be playing in a tournament in Granbury Friday and Saturday. They will be up against Grace Prep at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, Bowie at noon and Trinity at 3 p.m. before heading into Saturday’s bracket play.
In JV action, Big Spring fell in two matches. The team never could seem to get things rolling and ended the night with scores of 13-25 and 18-25.
The freshman squad did everything they could to get the fans into their games as they fell behind in both matches before coming from behind to snatch the victories. Though the deficit was never overly high in the first round, the Lady Steers dug out of a 14-19 hole in the second match to take a 25-20 stunner, lending hope for a bright future for Big Spring volleyball.