WAYNESVILLE – The Lady Tigers volleyball team is on a tear, winning six consecutive matches in mostly convincing fashion. After the team's most recent win over Osage in three games (21-25, 25-12, 25-14), Waynesville coach Holly Davidson has her team surging toward the latter part of the schedule. Before the team will participate in the Hillcrest Tournament on Saturday, Davidson acknowledged her team's success so far in 2013:
After losing a couple to Glendale and Helias, the team has turned itself around and won five-straight. Are you seeing a reward for playing such competitive teams to start the season?
Davidson: It is always tough to play state-level competition in the beginning. We have the philosophy that we need to play the best to become the best.
What has clicked since dropping those first two games?
We have figured out a consistent line-up that has allowed our girls to gel and figure out the rotation.
You've got a solid nucleus out on the court with a bunch of young returners. How has that nucleus adapted to the new season and clicked so well in the previous six contests?
Our veterans definitely have helped our younger girls adjust. We are one team – freshmen, JV, and varsity.
Defensively, I haven't heard much, but I suspect there are a couple players who have stood out so far this season.
We have been fighting some injuries on our team lately, but Kelsey Arnold )Fr.) has been doing a great job playing libero [for injured Chelsey Howser (Jr.)].
Alyssa Arnold and Kallie Bildner are a big part of the offense. How have you gotten them more involved in scoring since the first two games?
Alyssa has been working to establish the middle to open up other players. If we can do that consistently, we will be very competitive.
Who is an underdog on the team you've noticed that has stepped up?
Ariel Okorie has stepped into an outside hitter role and has done wonderful. Kelsey Arnold stepped into the libero spot and has held her own. Both are getting better each game.
How will you prepare for the weekend tournament after playing Osage on Tuesday?
The Hillcrest Tournament is always competitive. There are a few teams that will give us a good challenge and I am excited to see our girls step up.