Elida still perfect, edges out Melrose

Freedom Newspapers

The Elida Lady Tigers continued their perfect season Tuesday night, but they were tested on the road by district rival Melrose.

Elida was taken to five games, but the Lady Tigers were triumphant on the road, 27-29, 25-11, 25-19, 21-25, 15-13.

With the win, the Elida girls are 17-0 on the season.

Elida head coach Darrell Chenault knows how important district road wins are at this point in the season.

“(Melrose) is a real tough place to play, their very, very good at home and we don’t care what the scores are, we’re happy to get out of here with a win,” Chenault said. “(Our girls) do not think that their ever out of a ball game, they can get six, seven, eight points behind, and they believe they can come back. Volleyball is such an emotional game. If you can just keep staying up, you’re going to stay in ball games. The teams that let themselves get down, they just fall apart, and right now, our bunch just hasn’t done that.”

The six-year Elida coach also saw great improvement from the opposition.

“They did some adjustments to us, and kept the ball alive a lot,” Chenault said. “Then we had some mental lapses with our serving that got us in deep holes, and we couldn’t get out of a lot of them.”

“For an overall picture, we’re happy as we can be,” Chenault said.

Elida concludes their two-game district road swing Saturday with a trip to Floyd, before hosting Ft. Sumner Tuesday.