The Tigers swept Coffeyville, 25-15, 25-6, but couldn't overcome slow starts and fading finishes in both games versus Parsons and suffered a 26-24, 25-19 sweep. Parsons also swept Coffeyville in the middle match, 25-10, 25-10.
Fort Scott is 1-1 in the league and 7-12 overall. But the Tigers are just 1-5 at home with the Coffeyville match their first home victory. The Golden Tornado are just 1-13 with their only victory coming over Neodesha at the Erie Tournament last weekend.
"These were two league matches I thought we should have won," Fort Scott head coach Carol Bingesser said. "We're going to have to battle now."
The Tigers fell behind 4-0 in the first set against the Nado But they did rally and a 7-1 run capped by a pair of Maddi Allen aces put them in front, 18-11. Coffeyville managed 2 more points but Fort Scott scored 7 of the last 9.
"We started off a little bit slow against Coffeyville -- and we do that at home," Bingesser said. "And I don't understand why we have our worst matches (at home). But once we got started to gel, I thought Jill (Lattimer) really came alive because we finally got some good sets to Jill and she got some kills. We need her to get her confidence up."
The Tigers scored the first 5 points of the second set. The Tornado got within 10-5 but then Fort Scott served 12 consecutive points to make it 22-5.
Near the end of the match, Coffeyville's Shannon Seeger went down with a knee injury. The Nado had only dressed eight players and both subs had been going in for other players and were locked into those spots. This forced Coffeyville to finish the match with five players on the court.
Brianne Lawrence had 5 kills in the match for the Tigers. Lattimer and Ericah Shoemaker each had 4. Allen handed out 8 assist and served 3 aces.
Parsons (2-0, 6-13) went out and handled Coffeyville easily, giving the Nado its 11th consecutive league loss going back to last season. That may have given the Vikings a boost when they took the floor for the night's final match against the Tigers.
Parsons broke a 2-2 tie by scoring 4 straight points and managed to keep a 4 or 5 point lead through several rotations that were just one serve long for each team. Then Viking junior Auriana Jackson started making plays in the middle and that boosted the visitors to a 22-14 lead.
Then Fort Scott scored 7 straight, taking a 24-23 lead on Lattimer's block. Parsons' Shay Kelly got a kill to give the serve to Jackson, who rattled off a pair of aces to end that game.
"Same thing happened when we started against Parsons," Bingesser said. "And when you're 5 points down, it's hard to come back. But I was proud of the girls in the first game because they did fight back but we had just dug ourselves too big of a hole to get back where we needed to be."
The Tigers held early leads in the second set, going up 5-3 on Sidney Maycumber's kill. Parsons came back to tie the match at 6-6 but Fort Scott rattled off 6 of the next 7 points.
Parsons came back to tie the match again at 13-13. Fort Scott went up 17-14 before the wheels came off.
The Vikings scored the next 6 points to claim a 20-17 lead. Lattimer sent a kill down the middle to stop that run but the Tigers couldn't hold serve. Parsons made it 23-18 on a kill by Syvauna Mitchell.
Lattimer took a free ball at the net and landed it to give Fort Scott its 19th point. But Serena Shaw got a kill for Parsons and a Tiger error ended the match.
"The second game, we just couldn't finish," Bingesser said. "We had it and then had some crazy things happen. Then we started doubting ourselves. And we're still basically a young team. We have a few girls with some varsity experience but our big hitters don't have as much. But they'll step up."
Lattimer and Maycumber each had 6 kills in the match while Shoemaker had 5. Allen handed out 10 assists, Lattimer had 2 blocks and Lawrence served 2 aces.
After a 1-9 start to the season, Parsons has won five of its last nine.
Fort Scott, 6-7 on the road, will find some tough action Saturday at the Louisburg Tournament. Then they will be at a league triangular Thursday at Independence with Labette County.
"We're going to have to work hard to beat Labette County," Bingesser says. "They'll be after us because at Pittsburg (last Saturday) ... we won that second game against them on kind of a fluke call. And so they were pretty fired up. That's going to be a tough one. And Independence is another game that we should win. They're about like us; they have a record close to us.
NOTES -- This was Senior Night with the Maycumbers, Sidney and Shelby, Denton and Rikki Buller honored before the Parsons match....
The Tigers' home finale versus Pittsburg and Osawatomie on Oct. 4 will be "Fight Like a Girl Night." Players and fans will be raising funds for Care to Share/The Sharing Bucket and breast cancer research. Those who wear pink or a "Fight Like a Girl" shirt will be eligible for prizes....