New look, another win for PHS

ORION — It was a new look with the same results Tuesday for the Princeton Tigresses.

As senior Alicia Poss took a seat for the start of Tuesday’s match having been sick Monday, junior Abby Jaques slid over from outside hitter to take Poss’ spot at middle, and junior Colby Schertz moved from opposite to outside. With Jaques contributing five kills to go along with Becca Hult (9 kills) and Ashley Farraher (5 kills) and Taylor Clark coming off the bench to score 11 service points, the Tigresses had another recipe for success, defeating the host Orion Chargers 25-19, 25-22.

“Abby played Alicia’s  position and played it well. Colbi played Abby’s position and played it well,” PHS coach Andy Puck said.

The win raised the Tigresses’ record to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Three Rivers South Division play.

Hult hit for the side out with the Tigresses down 12-8. Up stepped Clark to the service line, who capped an-eight point string with an ace to serve the Tigresses to an 18-12 lead.

“Taylor played extremely well in the front row terminating balls and keeping balls in play. She gave us a huge lift from behind the service line,”Puck said.

Hult hit for another hideout at 19-14 and struck again off an Orion block for a 21-14 lead. Farraher made a soft shot for a 22-15 lead, Jaques followed with a hit at 24-15 and threw a change-up at the Chargers for game point.

“We played very balanced in the front row against a very good team. Becca Hult had a huge night.  Our back row was dynamite in their base defense keeping balls up and they were very good in serve receive,” Puck said.

Orion made a late charge before falling 25-22 in the second set.

Senior setter Michelle Kelly tallied 23 assists with six digs and six points. Libero Mollie Bates led PHS with eight digs with Farraher chipping in six digs and Rachel Frank four.

Puck said Farraher has “really committed herself to become an outside hitter and to play backrow.  She has had a great season thus far.”

• Tiger tales: PHS returns home to face former NCIC rival Chillicothe IVC in a non-conference match. The Lady Ghosts are the only 3A team remaining on the Tigresses’ schedule this year as they eye their second dose of 3A postseason. Orion swept the underclass play, with a 25-21, 25-15 win at the sophomore level and a 25-14, 25-9 freshmen win. Both PHS underclass teams seek their first win.