A fantastic start to the season for the Triton volleyball team got even better on Thursday night, as the Lady Trojans downed the Tippecanoe Valley Lady Vikings 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19) to win their seventh straight game.
The Lady Vikings began game one on top, with Emma Patrick making some great serves to pick up some easy points. Despite a few Lady Triton runs to keep the game tight, Tippy Valley remained in front on the scoreboard throughout the early stages of the set.
It wouldn’t take too long for Triton to shake off the slow start however, as the visitors would take their first lead of the game at 6-5. While the Lady Trojans would remain on top as the scores for both sides continued to climb, the Lady Vikings did everything necessary to keep the game a razor-thin affair.
That would be the case until Triton’s Mya Davis stepped in to serve. The junior’s rocket delivery made things difficult for the home side, allowing Triton to string together some points and force the Lady Vikings to burn a timeout trailing 12-7.
The break in action did little to stop the bleeding for Valley, as the Lady Trojans were able to continue extending their lead afterwards. The Lady Vikings would finally get their groove back down by eight, scoring four straight of their own to force Triton to call for time.
While the run would tighten things up momentarily, it wouldn’t matter in the long haul. Triton would not surrender the lead once taking control, winning game one 25-16 on a kill by Avery Viers.
Like the game prior, Tippy Valley began the second set on top by taking an early 3-1 lead. Also akin to the previous game, the Lady Trojans were able to respond and go on top themselves not long after. This time though, neither team was able to put together a large run for quite some time. The two sides seemed content to trade points as scores continued to pile up. Triton would call the game’s first timeout trailing 14-13.
The break would be just what the doctor ordered for Valley. The home side seized all momentum following the timeout, cruising to seven straight points and taking full control of game two.
What happened next was even more remarkable. Now trailing 23-18, the Lady Trojans played perhaps their best ball of the night, storming back to tie the game at 23 all. In the end, the Lady Vikings would score the final two points to escape with a 25-23 win.
Tippecanoe Valley senior Erika Henderson (L) keeps the ball in play as junior teammate Mackaylie Costello stays close to the action. Photo by Gary Nieter
For the third straight game, Valley begun set three by going out in front in the early going. This time though, the early Triton run to take the lead didn’t come at first. While the Lady Trojans did just enough to keep it close, the Lady Vikings remained in front.
Near the midway point in the set, Valley would extend its lead to four, its largest in the game thus far. It looked to be smooth sailing from there, but another late surge from Triton would tie the game up at 17, forcing Valley to use a timeout.
Following the break, Triton would score the next five in a row to go on top and force another quick timeout from the Lady Vikings. Addyson Viers, known mostly for her work on attack, was remarkable serving the ball during this stretch, catapulting the Lady Trojans to a come-from-behind 25-18 game three win.
With momentum firmly on their side, Triton was the team getting off to a fast start in game four. It wouldn’t last long, as Valley was quick to respond, going on top themselves not long after. What followed next was more of the same: each side trading points with the score staying tight once more.
For the third straight sets, the Lady Trojans were at their best in the game’s later points. Trailing for most of set four, another Triton run would put the visitors on top. Once taking the lead, the Lady Trojans would not relinquish it. Triton was able to hold on to win 25-19 to take the game and the match.
Triton (8-1) plays its next set of matches on Saturday at the Triton Tournament, while Tippy Valley is off until Monday when the team plays at Culver Community.