Hayden's Rachael Koehler blocks a shot by Meeker's Kathryn Doll in the second game of Friday night's match at Hayden High School. The Tigers lost the first two games, but rallied to force a fifth and deciding game. Meeker won the match 25-22, 25-7, 25-15, 17-25 and 15-8.

Photo by John F. Russell

Hayden's Rachael Koehler blocks a shot by Meeker's Kathryn Doll in the second game of Friday night's match at Hayden High School. The Tigers lost the first two games, but rallied to force a fifth and deciding game. Meeker won the match 25-22, 25-7, 25-15, 17-25 and 15-8.

Hayden volleyball loses to Meeker in 5

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— After two games Friday night, things didn't look good for the hometown Hayden Tigers. But it takes three games to win a volleyball match, and the Tigers were not going to give up at home.

"It was nice to see our team fight back," coach Greg Johnson said. "We were just too inconsistent, and that got us in the end."

Meeker jumped out to the lead by winning the first game 25-22 and then dominating the second, 25-7.

But just when it looked like the Tigers were going to be swept out of the team's own gym, they turned the tables on Meeker.

The Tigers got things rolling behind a strong effort by seniors Rachael Koehler and Brittany Turner and sophomore Erin Koehler. The Tigers fought back to win the third game, 25-15, and then evened the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth game.

Rachael Koehler finished with seven kills, eight blocks and four aces. Erin Koehler added seven kills and four blocks, and Turner sparked the home team with seven kills and eight digs. Jarah Woodley, in her first game back after an injury, also had an inspirational showing with eight digs.

But the Tigers couldn't complete the comeback and lost to Meeker, 15-8, in the final, deciding game.

"It was a great match, and I can't say enough about our players," Johnson said. "We need to pass the ball better, and we need to be more consistent."

The Tigers play Soroco today. The varsity match is scheduled for 3 p.m. The junior varsity plays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The team also is scheduled to play a district playoff game at home Tuesday. The time of that match has not been announced.

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