Tiiman, Brown Propel Lindale Lady Eagles To Sweep of All Saints
LINDALE -- Before the season began, Lindale head coach Meghan Koonce wasn't sure what to expect from the setter position. She would be entrusting the vital role to someone who'd never done it.
A week into the season, Koonce's faith in junior Sydney Tiiman is beginning to pay off.
Tiiman assisted on 25 points in leading the Lady Eagles to a 25-16, 28-26, 25-19 sweep of Tyler All Saints on Tuesday night.
"Sydney's come along this year," Koonce said after her team improved to 4-o on the young season. "This is her first year to ever set, and she's worked really hard. She's setting our hitters up excellent this season."
Most of Tiiman's sets were fed to senior outside hitter Hannah Brown, who led Lindale's attack with 15 kills.
"She had a great match," Koonce said of Brown. "She was on tonight and it helped us out a lot. Hannah's a great player, a scoring leader for us so she really contributed tonight."
On the defensive end, Lindale frustrated All Saints (7-6) all night by thwarting several Lady Trojans scoring chances.
"On defense, we move pretty well as a group and we're coming together pretty well defensively," Koonce said.
Added All Saints' first-year coach Bryan Winegeart: "Lindale has a very good defense. They put a lot of stuff up that our girls aren't used to seeing; usually it's put-away stuff for us. Their defense played amazing tonight."
Senior outside hitter Katrina Kastmo paced All Saints with 15 kills. Maddie Smith provided 19 assists.
"I think we did a lot of stuff that's good," Winegeart said. "A lot of what we had to overcome tonight was getting down on ourselves and not really being able to come back. That's the first team that really, really pushed us this year to that point. I think we played very well in spurts, but never put it all together for an entire game."
Brown's kill off an assist from Madi Malone gave Lindale a seemingly comfortable 22-17 lead in the second game, but All Saints rallied to capture seven of the next nine points to even the game, 24-24.
Consecutive points by Kastmo and Madeline Lynne gave the Lady Trojans a 26-25 edge, but Lindale responded with the game's final three points -- two of which were scored by Savannah Cantrell, who finished the match with eight kills.
"Going into a third game after being down 2-0 is always hard," Winegeart said. "The thing I challenged the girls with was to show me that they weren't willing to quit, that we were going to go out fighting."
All Saints came into Tuesday night's match on the heels of a 26-24, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of Overton on Monday.
Kastmo led the way with 16 kills and five blocks.
Abby Mackey paced Overton (3-4) with 14 kills, 11 digs and four aces. Nekia Chappell added six kills and Savannah Bobbitt had 21 assists.
All Saints continues its season this weekend at the Fort Worth Christian tournament on Friday and Saturday. Lindale will be participating in the Fort Worth Cowtown tournament Thursday-Saturday.