TIPTON — Versailles needed two games to beat Tipton in volleyball on Thursday, but the Cardinals kept things close in the second game before the Lady Tigers finished off the 25-16, 25-23 win.
“We weren’t moving, we weren’t talking, so that means our game is down,” said Lady Tigers’ coach Cheryl Wilson. “We got better towards the end. We were moving our feet better. We just talked about in the locker room, when we talk, our feet move. We talked a little better at the end of the game.”
For Tipton, serving was a major issue in Tuesday’s season opening loss at Southern Boone and it continued to be an issue Thursday in the first game.
“We didn’t miss eight serves (in the second game),” said Cardinals coach Danny Dick. “When you give the other team eight points that they don’t have to work for, it makes it difficult to keep up. It shortened their game up to where they only had to get 17 points to win because we’re giving them eight.”
After Versailles was able to pull away in the first, Tipton answered by jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the second capped off by a Madelyn Battles kill. Versailles jumped back into the lead at 6-4 thanks to a pair of Ali Lent aces, but Tipton went on another run to take a 9-6 lead.
The Lady Tigers chipped away at the lead, getting within a point at 12-11, then eventually tied the game at 15-15 and took the lead on the next point with an ace from Lendie Nolting.
The teams were tied at 16, 18, 19 and 20 before Versailles scored four straight points, two on Tessa Edgar blocks, to get within a point of ending the match. Tipton got back to within a point at 24-23, but Versailles then finished it off.
Dick said in the second game, his team did plenty of things better, from moving to attacking.
“We passed the ball a little better in the second game than we did in the first game,” he said. “We still had our lapses out there.”
Tipton had six kills and a block from Battles. Maddie Eldringhoff had 13 assists. Heidi Sullivan had three kills
Versailles got six kills and eight assists from Nolting. Edgar added three kills and two digs. Shelby Jackson had two digs and Lent had three kills.
“We just were slow out of the gate,” Wilson said. “When we’re slow, we don’t talk, we don’t move, we don’t play well. We had a few good spots where we were scrapping at the ball and played hard, didn’t give up, and kept it going over the net.”
For Class 2 Tipton, this was the second of four matches against Class 3 teams to open the season. The Cardinals will not see another Class 2 team until they open Kaysinger Conference play Sept. 16 against Windsor.
“You never improve unless you’re playing somebody that’s good,” Dick said. “Eventually all of it boils down to the end of the season whether it’s conference, or conference tournament or district tournament, if you’re planning on advancing, you’re going to find the best teams so you might as well get used to playing them.”
Tipton entered the season with not much experience. The Cardinals lost five starters from the 2013 squad and filling those roles are a lot of players who saw time on junior varsity last season as well as a pair of players new to the program.
“We’re just trying to get more consistent more than anything else,” Dick said.
Tipton (0-2) will face Eldon Sept. 8.
Versailles (2-0) will visit Skyline on Thursday.