The Howe Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a game one loss at Whitewright to win a match they disparately needed for playoff hopes. The win levels the teams’ district record at 2-2.
Howe won the next three games to avoid a loss to the cellar-dwelling Lady Tigers.
As the scores indicate every game was a battle and at the end of the four games Howe had outscored the hosts by just nine points.
The first game was tied six times, one coming at 17-17 after Dreanna McAdams sent in a kill for Howe.
After Whitewright had scored three consecutive points, Howe answered with three to tie the game at 20 each.
Kills by Mati Abner, Emily Sanders and Kayla Anderson earned that final deadlock. The Lady Tigers prevailed with a 25-23 win.
Game two was similar to the opener, several ties with the last coming at 14-14.
An ace by Kamryn Fulenchek put the Lady Bulldogs up and they extended the lead to 21-15 after a pair of Anderson winners. Howe finished out the game for a 25-18 win.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third game, forcing a Howe timeout.
The visitors battled back, getting kills from Fulenchek, Sanders and Peyton Groves and Sanders second kill of the game tied it up at 9-9.
The two teams were tied at 20-20 before Howe put on a late surge to win the game, 25-21.
Leading two games to one, Sanders sent in a pair of service winners to get Howe off to a positive start in the fourth game.
Anderson and Sanders each had a kill, but Whitewright tied it at 8-8.
The teams traded the lead three times before the Lady Tigers went on a run that put them on top, 23-20 and it looked like the match would go to a fifth game. An error by Whitewright put one of Howe’s best servers on the line and Anna Counts sent in an ace that started a five point run for Howe.
Tied at 23-23, Anderson banged home a pair of kills and the Lady Bulldogs could celebrate the win.
Anderson and Sanders each had eight kills in the match, Abner finished with six and Fulenchek had five.
Howe will host Van Alstyne on September 30 for the first of two District 10-3A meetings on the Highway 5 rivals’ schedules.