Billings' volleyball team won its second match in as many nights by sweeping School of the Ozarks 25-20, 25-23 Tuesday.
On a night in which Nixa shook off past failures against Ozark, it was also refreshing for the Lady Eagles to look back on the trail that has led to Sydney Golden establishing herself among the premier setters in the program’s history.
Ozark received help toward remaining in the COC title hunt Tuesday, when Nixa knocked off Republic. But less than an hour later coach Jimmy Nimmo’s Lady Tigers put themselves in position of needing even more help by falling to Willard 8-7.
Sensing she was one of the final players assigned to Ozark’s jayvee during pre-season practices, sophomore setter Ellie Shrader made it her goal to earn a promotion to the Lady Tigers’ varsity as soon as possible.
Issuing an unofficial second start to their season beforehand, Ozark’s front row trio of Cecelia Westfall, Hannah Tadlock and Hanna Vorhies responded with a potential-filling performance Thursday.
Ozark’s defenders are proud to share a bond with Lady Tigers coach Adeana Brewer, a former libero herself dating back to her glory days as Adeana McAfee at Missouri State and Winona.
It’s a whole new ball game for Ozark, with the Lady Tigers playing an entirely new starting lineup that features new strengths that coach Adeanna Brewer hopes will lead to new routes of victory in a new role as an underdog.
Sports editor Pat Dailey engaged in a Q’s and A’s session with Nixa defensive specialist Alexis Adams and right-side hitter Camryn Carter:
After averaging 22 wins a season the past three years with powerful hitters at the net, Clever coach Angie Wise is adapting to her personnel and changing the Lady Jays’ look offensively.
Entering this season with lofty expectations and experience everywhere, the consensus in Nixa’s camp is if the Lady Eagles need to improve on anything, it is their communication on the court.
It’s been since 2010 that Nixa has been able to add to its District championship banner. Not coincidentally, it’s been since 2008 that Ozark hasn’t won a District title.