GREEN RIDGE — Tuesday’s match between Stover and Green Ridge was back and forth in all three sets, but a 5-0 run in the middle of the third set gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead they needed to hold on for a 25-20, 19-25, 25-19 win.
The Lady Tigers had an 11-10 lead in the third set before Stover went on a 5-0 run and led by at least two the rest of the way.
Lacey Buck assisted Aliyah Mitchell for a kill to get the run started and Mallory Uptegrove followed that up with a kill-block.
Green Ridge then hit the ball out of play two times in a row and an Uptegrove point capped off the run to give Stover a 15-11 lead.
“They kind of came together and buckled down there at the end and finally started passing a little better and executing,” said Stover coach Carrie Hewett.
Uptegrove had four blocks in the match with two of them coming in the third set. She got a kill-block to make it 17-14.
Uptegrove led Stover with 13 kills and 13 digs as well.
“She shut them down and had them swinging out a little bit,” Hewett said. “She played well.”
Buck was able to set up Uptegrove, Schroder and Mitchell for opportunities to spike it and ended up with 23 assists.
Schroder and Mitchell each had four kills.
While Stover was able to set up its offense pretty well, Green Ridge was able to defend it to keep the match close.
Libero Merry Allen and Bailey Harding recorded 13 digs and 10 digs, respectively.
“I thought we played tough defense,” said Green Ridge coach Lori Larimire. “We executed fundamentals and that’s what you’re going to have to do against a team like Stover.”
The Lady Tigers also got several girls involved with the offense.
Madisyn Bridges led with nine kills and five blocks.
Katie Gibbs also had big kills in the match, totalling six and also getting three aces.
Quincy Scotten had 14 assists for the match.
“I thought (Tuesday) we spread it out really well,” Larimire said. “I thought we got everybody involved in the offense and we kind of knew that’s what it was going to take.”
The Stover JV won a close match 26-24, 25-23.
Green Ridge will play at Sacred Heart on Thursday.
Stover will be at Tipton on Thursday.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.