Sarah goes up

HHS sophomore middle hitter Sarah Purcell goes after a ball during the second set of the Lady Tigers' win over Plato Tuesday in Hiett Gymnasium.

On the strength of a decisive 12-0 run in the second set, the Houston High School volleyball team beat Plato Tuesday night in Hiett Gymnasium, taking the first set 25-12 and holding of the visiting Lady Eagles in the second set, 25-19.

The two squads traded errors for a while to begin the first set before the host Lady Tigers found a groove and went on an 11-2 run to take a 14-5 lead.

In the second set, Plato took control early and built an 8-2 advantage. But after a side out point, Houston gained the serve at 8-3 and senior libero Kelly Hubbs came up to serve.

Before the Lady Eagles got the serve back, the Lady Tigers (2-2) had rattled off 12 consecutive points to lead 15-8.

Plato closed the gap to 18-15, but when HHS head coach Loran Richardson put junior Kellsi Gayer on the floor moments later, Gayer served up back-to-back aces to put Houston up 21-15.

Kelly Hubbs

HHS senior libero Kelly Hubbs was serving when the Lady Tigers scored 12 straight points to take control of the second set during a home match against Plato on Tuesday.

After the two teams traded points for a couple of minutes, the Lady Eagles were done for the night on a service error.

Lady Tiger sophomore Hannah Dzurick had five kills and eight assists in the match, while senior Viviana Guerra and junior Prairie Nunnery had four kills apiece. Hubbs recorded nine digs for Houston, while Gayer had three aces and sophomore Sarah Purcell had a timely block.

“We let Plato go on some runs,” Richardson said, “but I was proud of how we held our composure and finished the game.”

During Houston’s second-set run, Hubbs and her teammates scored on several kills and well-placed balls. Hubbs said she had never experienced anything like it.

“I didn't even realize it was that many in a row,” she said. “I've got to give credit to my team for keeping the ball in play and pushing us ahead.”

The HHS junior varsity also beat Plato in two sets, 25-20 and 25-10. The Junior Lady Tigers recorded 13 kills, eight aces and a block in the match.

Houston hosts on Conway Thursday.


Houston's Destiny York (20) and Ellie Locke reach to block a ball sent by Plato's Katlyn O'Neil (10) during the second set of the junior varsity Lady Tigers' win Tuesday in Hiett Gymnasium.

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