Jacksonville's Fightin' Maidens logged a 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-14, 25-23) victory over Pine Tree to earn its first District 16-5A triumph on Tuesday night at the John Alexander Gymnasium.
With the matched tied, 1-1, the Fightin' Maidens (1-3 in district) dug in in Game 3 to get the advantage over the Lady Pirates, who are also 1-3 in league play.
“The ladies played hard and we were able to show some progress in the areas that we have been working on in practice,” Jacksonville head volleyball coach Corrie Snider said. “We really stayed focused under pressure and that led to us being able to get our first district win.”
Jacksonville came out of the break by going on a 10-2 run to get the upper hand early. Ka'Lessia Anderson had two of her team-best 14 kills during the spurt. Anderson also supplied her squad with two digs, a block and an ace.
The Maiden lead ramped up to 20-8, following an unforced hitting miscue by a Lady Pirate.
Jacksonville never trailed in the decisive Game 4; although Pine Tree tied the score, 6-6, following a spike by Jamaya Davis.
The Maidens' greatest lead was 13-6, and came after a kill by Tamia Tucker, who had a big night from the front row contributing 11 spikes, three digs and a block.
Pine Tree scored the next four points to close the gap, but Jacksonville managed to hold onto the lead the rest of the way.
Lauryn Johnson (19 digs, four aces) and Kristen Gonzalez (nine digs, two aces) paced the Maidens defensively.
The assist leader for Jacksonville was Ashley Freeney (14 assists, 14 digs, two service aces).
Meanwhile, Tykeria Tilley added two spikes, one assist and five digs and Jordyn Whitaker had a kill and six digs.
Meagan Holliday finished with a kill and nine scoops for Jacksonville.
The Fightin' Maidens will travel to Lufkin on Friday.