GREEN RIDGE — In the final tuneup before the Kaysinger Conference Tournament for both teams, the Green Ridge Lady Tigers beat Tipton 25-6, 25-15 on Tuesday.
Green Ridge cruised in the first set with four of its first 10 points coming from Madisyn Bridges kills. Haley McCarthy also had a kill during that stretch and Quincy Scotten had an ace as she served six points in a row.
Green Ridge closed the game with an ace from Gibbs.
“We just kept it up,” Bridges said. “Instead of getting down on ourselves, we kept the intensity up.”
Tipton took a 10-7 lead in the second game, starting things off with a Jessica Bishop kill and getting a kill from Heidi Sullivan and an ace from Maddi Eldringhoff.
“I think we just started out the game with a few unforced errors,” said Green Ridge coach Lori Larimore. “I think we just got back to the game plan, getting good passes and getting the ball to the hitters.”
Green Ridge soon answered, getting a pair of kills from Gibbs and an ace from Madison Barnes to take an 11-10 lead. The Lady Tigers then scored the next eight points, including Gibbs serving four aces book-ended by kills from Bridges.
“I think we had a lot more teamwork and got the ball up to the setter, which is what you need to do to get the ball down on the other side of the court,” Bridges said.
Bridges closed the game out with a block. She had two blocks and seven kills.
Scotten had nine assists and three digs. Gibbs finished with five aces
“Katie stepped up last year and she’s carried right on through this year,” Larimore said. “She’s got a tough serve and she stays focused.”
Eldringhoff led the Cardinals in assists. Annie Martin led in service points. Bishop and Sullivan each led in kills.
Tipton won the junior varsity match in three sets.
Green Ridge is 7-9-2 overall, 4-2 in the Kaysinger heading into the conference tournament on Thursday at Cole Camp. Tipton is 1-9 overall, 0-5 in the Kaysinger.
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