Lady Tiger volleyball stumbles against Thomasville

The Demopolis High School volleyball team scarcely found its rhythm Monday, losing 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18) to visiting Thomasville in a best-of-five match.

“We did a lot of things better today than we have been,” Demopolis coach Blythe Smith said. “We’re just in a rut right now. I feel like we’re getting better. We just have to put it all together.”

Demopolis lost the first game 25-18 after a contest that Thomasville led virtually all the way through. Demopolis took its only lead of the game on a Jade Montgomery ace on the fifth point of the contest. The serve put DHS up 3-2 for a brief period.

Thomasville worked its lead up to as many as eight points before Zoe Lewis unleashed a trio of aces and Caleb Washington put up a wall at the net with three blocks that scored during an 8-0 Demopolis run that tied the game at 15.

Following a timeout, Thomasville recovered to put together a 10-3 run to end the game.

Thomasville won game two 25-15 after Demopolis blew an early lead. Demopolis used a Lewis ace, a Washington block and strong floor play to open the game on a 6-1 run.

Thomasville responded with a 9-0 run of its own to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Game three saw Demopolis stay within a point of Thomasville until the visiting Lady Tigers found an 8-0 run that put DHS squarely in the rearview mirror.

Thomasville led by as many as 10 before a Washington block helped ignite a Demopolis run that closed the gap to 24-18 before the first DHS service error of the game ended the match.

“One of our biggest problems so far has been serves,” Smith said. “We got better at that today. Now we just have to relax and get back to playing volleyball.”

Demopolis travels to Greenville Thursday for its second area contest of the season.