By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
In junior varsity and freshman sports, wins and losses aren’t always important.
It’s the development of talent to groom athletes for varsity athletics is the key.
Belton JV head coach Jordan Petter’s Lady Tigers bounced back from 22-3 skid to close out the first set and fought their way through the second set. Although they were swept two sets to none, the team showed great promise. Stony Point won the match 25-10 and 25-23.
“We started off a little slow, which is normal with all of the jitters and the nervousness being the first home game,” Petter said. “I was expecting it. I wasn’t expecting the score to be as low as it was. But we had a lot of things to work on and I told them whatever happened the first game, just let it roll off, don’t get your heads in it too much and just go out there and have fun. In the second game, we really learned a lot and we learned how to fight. It’s the first ounce of fight I have seen out of this group and it showed a lot of promise.”
Belton JV sweeps Temple, continues to build
The Belton Junior Varsity volleyball team took on the Temple TemCats Junior Varsity team at Tiger Gym on Thursday afternoon.
Despite a pair of sluggish streaks in each game, the Lady Tigers swept Temple by the scores of 25-11 and 25-19.
The JV Lady Tigers at 1-1, as they hit the road to play at the University Subvarsity Invitational starting Thursday in Waco.
Temple took a brief 3-2 lead early in the first set Natasha Blizzard’s ace turned the game on a dime, as Belton proceeded to go on a 22-8 run to round out the first set with an impressive 14-point win.
“We actually did really well with our serves to start the first set,” Belton JV head coach Jordan Petter said. “We gave them five easy points on service errors, so we regressed a bit. The communication and the passing went very well in the first set. “
The teams see-sawed out of the break, splitting the second set’s first eight points. With the help of a Hannah Scopac kill, Temple took an 8-5 lead.
The lead was short-lived, as Belton forced Temple into several mistakes and closed out the match on a 20-11 clip.
“We regressed a bit in the second set, as we were too at-ease,” Petter said. “We walked on the floor and thought it would be easy. Temple fought back and wanted to win. We let them stay with us and that’s where we went wrong.”
The Lady Tigers are still finding themselves, as the season is just two days old and just eight days into regular practices.
“We’re still trying to find that happy median,” Petter said. “I would rather it be now than later on.”
The University tournament will be one that the team will learn from.
“I am hoping the girls take what we learned from Stony Point and from Temple and find consistency,” Petter said. “We have stressed continuing to talk. Communication needs to happen every single game. When we lack communication, we lack the rapport.”
Freshman teams fall to Stony Point, learning lessons
Belton Freshman head coach Tiffney Barnes made her Lady Tigers debut on the bench for the freshman A and B squads. The Belton Freshman A team got off to a great start against Stony Point’s Freshman A team, winning 25-16. They dropped the final two sets to the blue-and-gold Tigers 21-25 and 15-4. The Freshman B squad was not as successful, but learned lessons in a two sets to none loss, losing games 25-7 and 25-10.
Freshman push Temple to three sets, lose heartbreaker
The Belton Freshman squad bounced back from a tight first set to dominate the second set.
But a scrappy Temple TemCats Freshman squad were able to take the third set and win the match at Tiger Auxiliary Gym on Tuesday night.
The scores of the match were 25-21, 7-25 and 25-22.
Belton was able to make a couple of long runs for Freshman head coach Tiffany Barnes’ Lady Tigers and had a 9-5 lead in the final set. But the team is growing and still finding its way.
The Freshman will take part in the University Subvarsity Tournament in Waco on Thursday.