Tyler Lee’s Dominant Streak Continues With Sweep Of Pine Tree
TYLER -- Last week's season-opening loss to White Oak must feel like such a long time ago for the Tyler Lee Lady Raiders. Because they've been perfect ever since.
Tyler Lee rolled to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-16 sweep of Pine Tree at Lee Varsity Gymnasium on Tuesday night, running the Lady Raiders' (7-1) winning streak to seven matches and their string of consecutive victorious sets to 15.
"I have to say that this is the most depth we've had on a team in a long time," said Lee coach Melissa Lee. "We have several players at each position and that really helps in case somebody's having a bad game or gets hurt or whatever. They're playing as a team."
Following its five-game loss to perennial power White Oak last Tuesday night, Tyler Lee reeled off six straight sweeps at the Longview Tournament over the weekend before Tuesday's performance against Pine Tree.
When the match began, it seemed as if the Lady Raiders might be in for a long night. Pine Tree jumped out to a 6-1 lead with six consecutive points in Game 1, but instead of calling a quick timeout to settle her team, Coach Lee let her players respond.
Tyler Lee did just that by accounting for 10 of the set's next 14 points to grab an 11-10 lead. The Lady Raiders capitalized on the momentum to eventually build a 17-12 advantage, regaining complete control of the opening set.
"I was gonna a call (a timeout) on the next point, but early in the season you want them to learn how to get themselves out of that, because you only have two timeouts anyway," Lee said. "I just want them to learn how to play through that, and they did. They did a great job."
Claire Himes led the Lady Raiders' attack with nine kills. Jamie Mills added seven kills, while Caroline Lynch finished with three. Genesis Borens assisted on 13 points, while the duo of Claire Newberry and Alexa Winfrey combined for 10 assists on the evening.
Tyler Lee's defensive effort was superb throughout the night, but especially late in the second set, when the Lady Raiders' dug out three prime scoring opportunities from Pine Tree and eventually won the point for an 18-14 lead.
"They never give up, they always hustle and it's a scrappy team," Lee said. "They're just doing a great job this season so far."
Taylor Winchester and Jamesha Hutton teamed up on defense for 25 digs.
Pine Tree (6-3) was playing without its best player Sky Holmes, who injured her arm last week. Lady Pirates coach Carolee Musick said an MRI revealed no tear and that the injury will not require surgery, but added that Holmes will miss at least four weeks in recovery.
"We're just going to have to learn how to come through without her on the floor," Musick said. "And if we're able to do that we'll better when we can add her back into the mix. Right now, they don't have that same believe in themselves as they do in her when she's out on the floor. That's the battle that we're battling right now."
Kabreshia Orange paced Pine Tree with eight kills. Taylor Assenheimer and Lilly Cabrera each provided eight assists, while Kerri Johnson finished with five digs.
Tyler Lee's season continues Thursday at home with a dual match against Texas High and Whitehouse, while Pine Tree returns to action next Tuesday at home against Spring Hill.