After a rough week on the road, Alcovy volleyball got back on track Monday by earning a split in an area tri-match at home. The Lady Tigers topped Riverdale 25-17 and 25-23 to open the match before falling to Dutchtown 14-25 and 13-25.
As has been the case for much of the season, Alcovy opened the night strong. Their defense made plays while their offense forced Riverdale to make mistakes.
Brittany Jacobson and Paige Hood set the tone with five and four kills respectively in the opening game. Alcovy jumped out to the early lead and never looked back en route to the 25-17 win.
"It's good to get a win, especially in area play," Alcovy coach Amanda Briggs said. "It's good for morale and it's good to know the girls can fight."
Alcovy bucked a recent trend of winning the first game only to drop the second one. But game two wasn't as easy as the first win because of a few more mistakes. The Lady Tigers led throughout but had to hold on at the end. Again it was Jacobson and Hood providing the offense. The tandem recorded four and three kills apiece. Alissa Yang also added a pair of kills in each game while adding three aces in game one. Jacobson and Hood each had a pair of aces in the opener as well.
Dutchtown proved to be a different story. The Lady Bulldogs jumped on Alcovy early and often and the Lady Tigers struggled on defense.
"We need to get low and move our feet," Briggs said. "It wasn't so much the errors as it was not hustling and getting to the ball."