In a tightly-contested match Tuesday night in Summersville, the host Lady Wildcats beat Houston in three sets, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-16.
The match began with a marathon first point won by Summersville. After that, the lead changed hands and the score was tied several times during the first two sets.
The Lady Tigers were at times their own worst enemy throughout the match, especially in the second set when they gave up five points on service errors in the two-point loss.
Then in the third set, Summersville took control and led 17-8 after three aces in four serves by sophomore Addisyn Shockley.
Houston senior Janae Huff had six kills and 12 assists in the match, while sophomore Hannah Dzurick had 11 assists and senior libero Kelly Hubbs had 14 digs. Junior Prairie Nunnery and sophomore Sarah Purcell each recorded a block for Houston.
“It's always tough to lose in three sets, especially when we did some really good things as a team the first two,” said HHS head coach Loran Richardson. “Serving errors killed us; when you lose a game by two points and miss five serves in that set alone, it just kills your momentum. There are some positive things we can build on though, and we will continue to work on the things we need to improve.”
Houston has a pair of home matches next week, hosting Plato on Tuesday and Conway on Thursday. The Lady Tigers will compete in a tournament at Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Summerville’s junior varsity squad beat Houston in two sets, 25-22 and 25-17. The Junior Lady Tigers recorded 10 kills, five aces and a block in the loss.