Lady Tigers are in control

Paris knocks off Flora to take lead in LIC volleyball race

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The Paris volleyball team has found tremendous success throughout 2018. They have fought their way to a 16-6 record overall and defeated a host of tough opponents. Even more impressive has been the team’s conference play.

Since LIC action began, the Lady Tigers are a perfect 6-0. Coach Christy Pinkston and her team are thrilled with the record, noting that it’s a first for the program.

“This is the first time that we have managed to get off to a 6-0 start in conference,” Pinkston said “It is big for the girls and its crucial considering just one loss can put you out of reach of the conference title.”

This past week, Paris polished off two conference foes. First came Richland County on Tuesday (10/2) who Paris managed to sweep in straight sets 25-15, 25-21.

On Thursday (10/4) the Lady Tigers traveled to Flora High School to take on the Lady Wolves. Paris defeated Flora in two sets, winning 25-17, 25-17.

Lizzie Rouse and Emma Pinkston led the team in kills through both matches.

Pinkston, a sophomore, is second in the conference with 164 kills this season and a .361 hitting percentage. Pinkston also leads the team in digs with 144.

Rouse is fourth in the conference with 144 kills on a .298 hitting percentage. She leads the conference in blocks with 42.

The biggest part of the offense though, according to Pinkston, has been the Lady Tigers ability to attack from all parts of the court.

“We have to spread the ball across the court and everyone has to do their job,” Pinkston said “That is really important for us in our offensive game.”

Sophomore Payton Block has been exceptional for the Lady Tigers this season, pouring in 359 assists through the 2018 campaign. She is just five behind first in the conference in assists.

Sophomore Sara Burger leads the team in service aces and is fifth in the LIC with 44 aces.

With just two more conference games left in the season, they could prove to be the biggest challenge yet.

Paris will face off against a tough Robinson team before matching up with Newton, whom Paris shares first in the LIC.

Each game could prove to be crucial in deciding who walks away with the LIC championship.

“Robinson and Newton are two great schools and they are both playing great volleyball,” Pinkston said “Our team has found a boost of confidence though and they are going to be ready.”

On Tuesday (10/9) the team travels to Tuscola for a non-conference matchup. Tuscola boasts a 14-9 record and an impressive 9-0 streak at home. Pinkston knows that they can’t afford to make mistakes against such a tough opponent.

“We can not just give points away through service errors and things like that,” Pinkston said “We have to work hard, attack the net and our blocks have to be there.” The game begins at 7 p.m.