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Tigers sweep first home matches

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fort Scott sophomore Erica Shoemaker (1) tries to block Iola's Kelsey Adams (7) while Tiger senior Taylor Grant awaits a chance to make a play during a home triangular at the FSHS gymnasium Tuesday night. The Tigers swept Iola, 25-12, 25-11, in this non-league match. Fort Scott went on to defeat Prairie View, 25-23, 18-25, 25-11, in the third match.
(Scott Nuzum/Tribune)
Fort Scott High School's volleyball team played its first home matches Thursday night and came away from them with a sweep. The Tigers (5-2) defeated Iola in a non-league match, 25-12, 25-11. They had trouble with Prairie View before dominating the third game of a 25-23, 18-25, 25-11 verdict.

Fort Scott made easy work of the Fillies (2-5), going out to a 9-1 lead in the first game of their match and enjoying one as large as 22-7.

Iola took advantage of some Tiger mistakes early in the second game and led 5-3. But Fort Scott came around and took the lead for good during a 16-1 run -- which included the last 13 points in a row -- to go up 23-9.

"We passed really well against Iola," Fort Scott head coach Carol Bingesser said. "Kenzie didn't have to work as hard and she got some really good sets. And we had some really big hits. Mallory (Shelton) hit the ball really well. And we had a couple of others hit the ball well, too."

Shelton led with 7 kills in the sweep and Heatherly dished 9 assists. Ericah Shoemaker served 3 aces.

Prairie View defeated Iola in the middle match, 26-24, 21-25, 25-16. The Buffaloes trailed by 8 points at one time in the opening game before rallying for the win.

Fort Scott struggled to get going against Prairie View in part because Bingesser put a younger lineup on the court to start. She was trying to give senior Taylor Grant some rest because she has been struggling with shin splints.

Prairie View jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The Tigers fought back to lead 10-7 after Sidney Maycumber landed an ace serve to cap the run.

The lead swayed back and forth before an Ericah Shoemaker kill landed to end the game.

The Buffaloes went up 6-2 in the second game but the Tigers managed to rally and claim a 13-9 lead on a Shelby Maycumber ace.

Prairie View scored the next 8 to go up 17-14 and didn't trail the rest of the way. A Shelton kill brought Fort Scott within 21-18 before the Buffs served out the game.

"We had a slow start and our passing wasn't good," Bingesser said. "And when we're young like that and the young girls are in the back row and make mistakes, they hang their heads. Then when it's a couple, three mistakes in a row, you can see the lack of varsity playing time come into play.

"The second game, we had too many errors in a row by the younger kids. And I hadn't seen that yet. Lack of experience showed in that second game."

By inserting Grant for the third game, Bingesser put more experience on the court and the Tigers snapped back to form. After spending some time adjusting to a different rotation, Fort Scott dominated, scoring 11 straight points while Shelby Maycumber served to go up 22-8.

Maycumber herself served three aces during that run and Shelton had four kills during that stretch.

"Mallory took over that game," Bingesser said. "We went back to our experience players.

"In that game, I put Taylor back in and that made all the difference. And I put Shelby into the rotation because she was doing a great job."

Shelton had 24 kills in the match -- 10 of them in the third game alone, including the one that ended the match. Heatherly dished 11 of her 30 assists in the third game.

The Tigers will go on the road again next Thursday. They'll be at Paola to face the host Panthers and Wellsville in another non-league triangular. The start time is a half-hour earlier than normal at 4:30 p.m.

JUNIOR VARSITY -- Fort Scott's JV played at Independence Tuesday night. The Tigers lost to Iola in the first match, 26-24, 25-21. Jillian Lattimer, Jessi Combs and Maddi Allen had 4 kills each and Delane Gray served 2 aces.

The Tigers beat Independence, 25-15, 22-25, 15-11. Lattimer led with 7 kllls. Kelsey Simons and Meredith Hill each served 2 aces.

Fort Scott swept Columbus, 25-22, 25-13. Lattimer had 5 kills and Miranda Allison finished with 8 digs.

Thursday night, the Tigers swept Iola, 25-21, 25-10. Lattimer had 4 kills and 4 blocks and Simons served 6 aces.

The Tigers also beat Prairie View, 23-25, 25-19, 15-7. Allison had 10 digs and Lattimer recorded 10 kills.

The JV team will also be at Paola Thursday.

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