By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 17, 2013
RINGGOLD - They didn’t pull off the win, but the Troup Lady Tigers found out they have what it takes to compete with an elite team on the state level.
Taking on Heritage in the opening round of the state volleyball tournament, Troup hung tough most of the way, only to fall short in three games.
Troup was up for much of the first game before losing 25-21, and the second game was close as well, with Heritage winning 25-17.
Heritage was able to create some separation in the third game, and it won 25-9.
“We competed the first two games really well,” Troup head coach Jodi Dowden said. “They led the first game more than half the game. They came out really strong. We came out strong again in the second game. The third game, we kind of lost the wind in our sails. We lost our mojo.”
Troup earned its state invitation by finishing fourth in the Region 5-AAAA tournament, setting up a date with Heritage, the champion of Region 7-AAAA.
Dowden said the season, including Thursday’s loss, will serve as a great learning tool for the returning players.
The only players the team is losing are seniors Joanna Henderson and Hannah Rollins.
“We lost two seniors. We’ll miss them, but we should be OK next year,” Dowden said. “Hopefully we’ll be back in the first round again, and we’ll have a different story next year. We’ve got a good future ahead of us.”