Lady Tigers rally back for district win over Dora

By Dave Wagner

ELIDA — Amber Griffin knew things were a little out of whack for the Elida Lady Tigers.
No, make that a lot out of whack.
“We were yelling at each other and fighting among ourselves,” she said. “But we picked ourselves back up.”
Down two games and trailing 12-7 in the third, Elida suddenly discovered a spark and rallied for a 20-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-10, 15-7 District 3-1A volleyball victory over Elida Monday night.
It was a big win for the Lady Tigers (11-3, 3-0 district), who travel to district favorite Fort Sumner on Thursday.
“This (win) is kind of a pickup,” said Griffin, a high-leaping 5-foot-5 senior who used a variety of shots to pile up 17 kills. “We beat (Fort Sumner) here last year, but they spanked us over there.
“I guess it depends on if we show up or not.”
Elida didn’t show up much for about 2 1/2 games. Then it looked like the teams switched uniforms as the Lady Tigers roared back.
“We played two good games and then I don’t know what happened,” said Dora coach Myra Skinner, whose team was coming off a second-place finish on Saturday in an eight-team tournament at Melrose. “We just went from one extreme to the other.
“We played hard; we just didn’t get it done.”
Dora (5-6, 2-2 district) was still in good shape in Game 4, leading 8-6 before a hitting error gave possession back to Elida.
With senior Shalie Anthony serving, the Lady Tigers ran off 17 consecutive points — including four aces by Anthony — to all but make a fifth game certain.
Elida took the lead for good 7-6 in the fifth game on senior Adrienne Coe’s ace, and went on to close it out in short order.
“I think they (Lady Coyotes) hit a little lull right there and let us back in,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “Then we got the momentum back.”
Griffin, who can adjust and go to her left hand at the net if necessary, also collected four service aces in the match.
“My serving’s usually my downfall,” she said.
“Adrienne really worked the net,” Chenault said. “She has tremendous ability, and some of it showed tonight.”
Coe added 10 kills and Anthony and senior Casey Ford each served seven aces for Elida. Senior Jena Bilberry led Dora with seven kills, while senior D’Shawn Pettigrew had five kills and a team-high four aces.
The teams split the preliminary matches, Elida winning the junior varsity clash 25-7, 20-25, 25-12 while Dora took the junior high contest 15-25, 25-20, 15-12.

Elida 3, Dora 2
Dora 25 25 23 10 7
Elida 20 17 25 25 15
Kills —
Dora, Jena Bilberry 7, D’Shawn Pettigrew 5, Rana Terry 3. Elida, Amber Griffin 17, Adrienne Coe 10. Blocks — Dora, Marilyn Prewett 1, Terry 1. Elida, Coe 1. Aces — Dora, Pettigrew 4, Jennifer Bolin 3, Bilberry 2, Terry 2. Elida, Shalie Anthony 7, Casey Ford 7, Griffin 4. Records — Dora 5-6 (2-2), Elida 11-3 (3-0).