Posted: Saturday, 21 September 2013 8:58PM

Fair Grove downs Pierce City to claim Ash Grove Title



Ash Grove, Mo. (Ozarks Sports Zone)  -- Trailing 21-19 in the first set of Saturday's Ash Grove Tournament championship, Tonya Peck was clearly frustrated with her team's effort.

She called a timeout to let them know just how she felt.

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“We won a game this week on our opponents “no effort” ball, where they just stood and watched the ball hit the ground,” said Peck. “I told them we were not going to lose like that. When we are on the court we are going to put forth the necessary effort to win the game. The girls turned it around and did what I asked them to do.”

Her team responded.

Fair Grove rallied to take the set 29-27, and ultimately the match, topping Pierce City 2-0 for the tournament title.

The Lady Eagles, who is notably smaller compared to last year’s team, used heady play and timely hitting in the second set to jump out to a 13-6 lead, before holding on to a 25-19 win.

“Our defensive has really picked it up and that’s why our offense has taken off,” said Peck. “We can now set the ball and swing effectively because our passing has also improved. We’ve stressed playing smart ball to our kids and they did that today.”

The win wraps up what was a great week for the Lady Eagles.

After losing to an extremely talented Class 3 Buffalo team on Monday, the Lady Eagles topped Spokane and Class 4 Willard to end the week on a high note.

“I think whole week has really driven home the idea of what they are capable of; this championship was just the icing on the cake,” said Peck. “I’m hoping they will capitalize on it and carry it through the second half of the season.”

Saturday's loss should do little to slow down the momentum of Pierce City.

In year two of playing Class 1 volleyball, the Lady Eagles picked up another win over district foe Billings, remaining undefeated against like sized schools.

“Last year when we moved down to Class 1 we didn’t have any of our district teams on our schedule,” said Pierce City coach Allison Davis. “It was nice to get a chance to play Billings twice, they are a great team.”

Moving forward Davis was pleased with what her squad was able to do on Saturday.

“The duration of games, and specifically big games is tough,” said Davis. “I’m not going to lie; our team was a little gassed. I am extremely happy that they were able to battle through it and still play well.”

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