Trailing two sets to one, the Howe Lady Bulldogs survived a thrilling fourth set and went on to win in five, 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 27-25, 15-10 over the Whitewright Lady Tigers Tuesday night.
Kayla Anderson had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs, while C.C. Counts added 11 digs and 33 of the team’s 34 assists.
“Winning in five definitely takes a lot more effort and work,” Howe Head Coach Jordan Dusek said. “Going into set five, I reminded them that the first one to 15 wins.”
The fourth set went back-and-forth and both teams were tied at 23-all before Howe was able to capitalize on Whitewright’s mistakes.
“Being down 2-1 going into the fourth, I told the girls that they needed to show me that they wanted it,” Dusek said. “I am still so pumped and proud of them.”
The Bulldogs were actually down in the fifth, 8-5, before Dusek called a timeout to calm the girls down.
“The girls handled the pressure extremely well, best I’ve seen this season thus far,” Dusek said. “They didn’t play timid or safe. Knowing we can finish in those tight, pressure situations makes me feel excited for what the rest of the season holds.”
Howe would finish the fifth on a 10-2 run to improve to 4-1 on the season (excluding tournament play).
Next up for the Bulldogs will be a weekend tournament in Whitesboro.
Lady Bulldog Notes: Howe finished second in pool play and advanced to the Gold Bracket in the Farmersville Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Sherman, topped Lone Oak and topped Boles in three games to make their way into Gold Bracket play. Howe lost its two bracket matches… The Lady Bulldogs topped Collinsville in four sets on Aug. 22, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22. Tiffany Lallier notched 13 kills, while Kayla Anderson recorded six of her own to go with five digs. Tori Abner had 11 digs, Hailey Hopper tallied nine digs and Emily Sanders recorded eight digs.