Tornadoes steal Titans thunder
D-V-E to ponder latest letdown
The Drayton-Valley-Edinburg Titans have struggled as of late and fell to a motivated Tornadoes team 3-0 in Cavalier on Monday.
The two teams battled in the first game being separated by no more than four points until the end. At the 11-7 mark with Cavalier leading, Titans’ coach Kelli O’Toole called a timeout to try and slow the Tornadoes’ momentum. The strategy paid off as the Titans came back to tie the game 15-15. Cavalier pulled ahead by as much as three, leading at the 19-16 mark but again the Titans battled back and took the lead 20-19 on a four point service run from Morgan Ellingson. Unfortunately the run stalled with a serve into the net that tied the game at 20-20. The miscue gave the service back to the Tornadoes’ Amanda Menzies who served the next five points as they closed the door on the Titans in game one by a score of 25-20.
The second game mirrored the first in that the teams were never separated by more than two points until the 17-17 mark. The Titans led up to that point and kept the Tornadoes playing from behind although the score was tied nine times during that stretch. The Titans stalled out though after Cavalier’s Julia Hartz served four in a row to deflate the Titans’ spirit and gave the Tornadoes a 21-18 lead. The Tornadoes went on to finish game two with another 25-20 win.
With their backs against the wall in game three, the Titans jumped out to a 4-1 lead only to let the Tornadoes back into the game at 5-5. This time the Tornadoes took full advantage of the Titans’ miscues and rallied to take a 13-6 lead. The expectation of a Titans’ timeout to regroup hung in the air only to be left suspended in time. Coach O’Toole opted to let her girls play through the storm and that allowed the Lady Titans to find a way to fight back and tie the game at 15-15, but they let it slip away again and fell behind 19-16. The perseverance of the Titans brought them back to tie the game again at 22-22. The Titans then overtook the lead and had game point in hand at 24-22 only to let victory elude them like paper in the wind. The Titans lost game three 26-24 and the match 3-0.