Dove spike pic

Princeton Community High School junior Cortney Dove spikes a ball over a Forest Park blocker on Monday night. The Lady Tigers defeated Forest Park 3-1.

PRINCETON — Despite losing the first set, Princeton Community rallied back to defeat Pocket Athletic Conference foe Forest Park 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 30-28 and 25-23) in a highly entertaining match between two evenly matched teams.

Following a tightly contested second set, the Lady Tigers began to pull away late, thanks to a couple clutch kills by junior Maddon Williams, who helped Princeton Community draw even at 1-1.

Through the course of the game both teams had some tremendous rallies, with exceptional digging on display by both teams. As a team, the Lady Tigers (6-5) totaled an astounding 101 digs throughout the match.

Neither team conceded an inch in the third set, a set which felt like a must win for both teams. Both teams were pushed to the brink on several occasions, but each time, neither flinched. For the Lady Tigers, they trailed 24-22, but a kill by junior Cortney Dove, and two consecutive kills by senior Reagan Page suddenly put Princeton Community ahead of the Rangers (4-7) 25-24.

Williams recorded two clutch kills late to help the Lady Tigers escape with a 30-28 third set victory.

The final set felt drew eerily familiar comparisons to the first three, but the Lady Tigers managed to close it out late for the match point. Dove and Page each recorded some crucial kills down the stretch to ice the victory.

Page led the Lady Tigers with 27 total points, including 23 kills and four aces. She also finished the night with a total of 25 digs. Williams had strong night at the net, tallying 15 kills and four digs. Sophomore libero Haley Davis was steady in the back row for the Lady Tigers with 41 service receptions and 32 digs. Senior setter Jade Christy finished the night with 36 assists and 15 digs.

Princeton Community travels to Pike Central on Tuesday for another conference match at 7 p.m. They’ll follow that with a match on Thursday at Mount Vernon at 7:30 p.m.

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