By Bryan Fox
Warrick County Standard
The Tecumseh Lady Braves were able to get their ninth win of the season against the Evansville Reitz Lady Panthers on Aug. 28. But the win certainly wasn't easy.
Tecumseh was able to win the match in just three sets by the respected scores of 25-20, 25-18, and 26-24. In all three sets, the Lady Panthers (4-4) made a ferocious comeback that made things closer than they should have been.
"We got way up and just relaxed," Tecumseh coach Kate Johnson said. "We didn't care about hitting our spots, we were just hitting just to hit. We were playing too close to comfort."
The first set pretty much told how the rest of the match was to be played. The Lady Braves got the lead as large as nine at 16-7 before the Lady Panthers made their comeback. On three separate occasions, after Tecumseh get to its largest lead, Reitz was able to get as close as two points. With the score reading 22-20, Tecumseh was able to get the last three points to close out the win.
In the second set, the Lady Braves actually enjoyed a larger lead at 10 with the score reading 20-10. Reitz once again was able to close the gap and get to within four at 22-18 before Tecumseh was able to get the final three points to seal the deal in this set.
By far, the best set in the match was the third set. In this set the Lady Braves had to score 26 points to win the set as rules state the winning team must get to 25 or win by two points. The final score of this set was 26-24. As in the preceding set, the Lady Braves were able to get the 10 point lead at 20-10 but had trouble putting the Lady Panthers away.
Reitz was never able to take the lead during the comeback but was able to tie the score at 24 after a kill by Maiya Courey. A final block and kill by Chloe Holder ended the set and ultimately the match.
The player of the game for Tecumseh was Holder. The junior middle hitter had an astounding 11 blocks to go along with 19 kills. Freshman Kaybree Oxley also added 13 kills.
"We'll come together as the season wears on," Johnson added.
Tecumseh would defeat Evansville North and Perry Central later in the week to improve to 11-1.