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Rossville falls in 3 close games to Tipton

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LACEY LUNGE: Rossville's Lacey Starkey lunges to the right on a serve receive during Rossville's loss at Tipton on Monday.
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TIP TOP: Rossville's Demi Freeman (3) attempts to tip the ball over a tall Tipton defender in Ashlee Schram during the Hornets' loss on Monday.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Rossville lost in three straight close games in a non-conference volleyball match at Tipton on Monday, with Hornet head coach Kathy Martin expecting a little more from her squad.

“We just didn’t show up tonight,” she said. “I mean Tipton’s a good team. We knew that going in (that) they’re a good hitting team, they’re a good blocking team, but it was one of those things where we’re 10-14 and they’re 15-14.

“We’re pretty even if you put us on paper. To come out and we were up 17-13 in game one and ended up losing 20-25 and started out game two (behind) and dropped to 11-3. We have to believe that we can win games like this and that’s what I just told the girls in there that we played tonight like we didn’t believe we could win and that goes a long way. We have to prove that to ourselves.”

Tipton took the match 25-20, 25-17, 25-23 with a good crowd and the school’s band behind them.

“It was their senior night and high emotions for them to and they played a good game,” Martin said.

After a Karie Taylor kill put the Hornets up 1-0 in the second game, the Blue Devils ran off four straight points and then pushed the lead to 6-2 before Lainey Armes held serve five straight times for a 12-3 Tipton advantage.

Rossville slowly battled back with two Addie Cooper kills making it 13-9 and a Taylor block and Cooper winner getting them to 14-12. The Blue Devils pushed the lead from 16-14 to 20-14 and, after the Hornets drew within 21-17, closed the game out on three service holds by Marika Herron.

In the third game, Rossville had to battle back again after falling behind 8-3. They drew even at 10 and pushed out to a 13-11 lead, but the match went back and forth from there until the Blue Devils opened a 23-19 lead on three service holds by Joni Ripberger. The Hornets drew within 23-22 on two service holds by Reanna Lowery, but traded side-outs before Tipton’s Ashlee Schram ended the match with a kill.

Schram, a freshman, led the Blue Devils with 11 kills and five blocks (two solo). Individual stats for Rossville were not immediately available.

“I thought Emma Dennison, who’s one of our defensive specialists, had a pretty solid game tonight,” Martin said. “Addie Cooper, especially in game two, was trying to lead our team back in. I really heard her talking out on the court and that’s what we ask of the girls.”

The Hornets were to host Faith Christian on Tuesday with Lafayette Central Catholic visiting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Rossville will then play Seeger in the first round of the Clinton Prairie sectional at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.