As the volleyball regular season winds up, the Lady Tigers accomplished a home stand against previously undefeated Prairie View A&M Panthers. The Lady Tigers ended the Panthers undefeated streak on Oct. 29, winning 3-1.The Lady Panthers entered the Men’s Gym looking for revenge. After a highly competitive game, the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Panthers, sweeping them 3-0. The Lady Tigers also won their 18th game in a row.
The Lady Tigers will now face Jackson State at home Saturday, their final opponent of the regular season. After a brief rest, the Lady Tigers will participate as the number one seed in the West division for the SWAC tournament.
“This is a good feeling to have going into the SWAC tournament,” said Ashley Cooper, a right side hitter. “I feel like we’re untouchable.”
The Lady Tigers, who have been one of the best for ten years in a row, are looking for sweet redemption this year. The last time the volleyball team went on a run like this was in 1998. The ’98 team went on to win the SWAC Volleyball Championship.
With the play of the squad this year, they expect no result but earning a ring.
“We’ve been second for ten years,” said Cooper. “There’s no excuse for us not to win this year.”
The Lady Tigers have all the ingredients of a championship-caliber team.?”We have a strong team,” said Kendra Johnson, an outside hitter. “We’ve been together for four years. No one can break our bond.”
Both the players and coaches are confident that this team can win it all.
“There are a lot of great teams,” said Coach Key-wee, who mentioned Miss. Valley and PV as some of the tough teams. “I think our team is as tough as the other teams. If we show up, at the end of the day, we’ll win.”
One thing that will be different for the tournament is the rowdy environment in the Men’s Gym. The SWAC Volleyball Tournament will alternate between the Men’s Gym and Assembly Center.
“We’re used to playing in an intimate environment,” said Key-wee. “The fans keep our team going. It’ll be a different look, but I have faith in our team to show up.”
After being in the number 2 spot for ten years, the Lady Tigers have used a positive theme for this season and the SWAC tournament.
“We’ve taken [Barack] Obama’s theme ‘Yes We Can,'” said Key-wee. “We’re going to achieve it by setting our goals, working hard, and believing we can.