TEXARKANA, Texas — Getting ahead early paid off.
Pleasant Grove built a 2-0 set lead and defeated Texas High, 25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, in a varsity volleyball match at the Tiger Center on Tuesday.
"Winning against Texas High is always a great win," Lady Hawks' head coach Amy Collvins said. "Both of our teams are young and inexperienced. We are both learning as we go. For our kids to come in here and win is awesome.
"I thought we were reading some stuff really well. Overall, our communication was a lot better than it was a week ago."
The first set had just two ties, at 4 and 22-all. The Lady Tigers built a 7-4 lead behind three unforced Lady Hawk errors and a pair of winners from Logan Pilgreen.
Bella Cherry served in three straight to give Texas High it's biggest lead of the first set, 15-9.
Ella Nichols took the serve for Pleasant Grove and served in four straight to give the Hawks the first set win. Texas High committed 15 unforced errors, while the Hawks had 12.
After two ties at 1 and 3-all, PG never trailed in the second set. The errors told the tale of the score as the Hawks had seven errors to the Tigers' 16.
The third set was tied at 11 different times at 1, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23. It was the most competitive set of the match. Olivia Lower got the set-clinching point on a tip that rolled off a Hawk's fingertips.
Pleasant Grove made 15 unforced errors in the third compared to 10 for Texas High.
PG closed out the fourth set after the set had been a nip and tuck affair that featured 14 ties.
An Abby Harjo kill gave the Hawks match point, but the Tigers got the serve back. The match ended on a Texas High hitting error. PG made 13 errors, and Texas High had 12.
Young had 10 service points and 13 assists for Pleasant Grove, while teammate Ferguson put down 14 kills and made nine assists. Nichols paced the Hawks in digs with 10.
Pleasant Grove plays at New Boston on Friday, while Texas High plays in the Wills Point tournament on Thursday and Saturday.