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YOUTHFUL RESILIENCE: Lady Cubs come from behind in win over Blum

in Volleyball

GLEN ROSE – After finishing out the tough Glen Rose Tournament with a much-needed victory over Class 4A Fort Worth Castleberry, the Clifton Lady Cubs rode that momentum to an inspired, come-from-behind, five-set victory over Blum at home Tuesday evening.

“We were excited about the game,” Clifton volleyball head coach Paige Poth said. “The girls were wonderful coming from behind and overcoming adversity.”

Clifton (6-9) won the first game, 25-23, but then the Lady Cubs dropped the next two, 25-23 and 25-6. Facing a possible disappointing loss, the Lady Cubs responded with a 25-21 win in Game 4 before putting Blum away in the fifth, 15-6.

“The third game we really struggled to score and allowed too many errors,” Poth said. “But the fourth game was complete opposite and the energy on the court and on the sidelines was exactly where it needed to be. They pushed every point, not giving more than four points in a rotation. That set was a big turning point for us because all that energy and grit carried into the fifth set.”

Riding a two-match winning streak, the Lady Cubs hit the road to play in the Dublin Tournament Thursday-Saturday where Poth believes her youthful squad can hold its own.

“Having that resiliency and grit with such a young group this early in the season is phenomenal, especially when that mentality and drive is on the court and the sidelines,” Poth said. “It makes the difference. We came in this season making it a point to be the team with energy and fire, and they are holding themselves accountable.”

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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