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Silent night

Texarkana rivalry game condensed to coach and players only
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Anna Haley
The Lady Tigers played the Lady Hawks of Pleasant Grove Friday, Oct. 23, 2023. The rivalry match was closed to all spectators.

The crowd roars as the Tigers put the ball down for a kill against their cross-town rivals, the Pleasant Grove Hawks. With a packed-out Tiger Center, Texas took the victory with a score of 3-1 Aug. 23, 2022. This year, however, the rival game looked a little different.

The Tigers faced the Pleasant Grove Hawks Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in a pre-playoff warm-up game.

Due to off-court shenanigans, including damage to personal property and homes, before and after last year’s match, coaches decided to close off the iconic Texas versus Pleasant Grove game to all spectators, including parents. 

“I personally voted against the No Spectator rule for the Pleasant Grove game,” assistant coach Robin Holland said. “As a parent, I never want to miss an opportunity to be at a game in person and share that experience.”

In the past few years, tensions around this rivalry game ran high. Words and actions exchanged made it all about more than volleyball. 

“On either side, we have to remember that these are just kids,” Holland said. “We should be able to be adults and cheer on our teams respectfully.”

They’re playing a game that they love at a high level with incredible talent, I feel like it’s a game that athletes should be able to play with fans around them.

— Assistant coach Robin Holland

Despite whatever negative energy surrounded the game in the past, the high energy in the gym and on the court proved undeniable. Going into playoffs, the energy brought by opposing teams will be high, mimicking that of the atmosphere of a game against a hometown rival. 

“I remember Lufkin, when we played them freshman year, they had a big student section, and their fans were so loud. They got in our heads,” senior Mally Lumpkin said. “I feel like if we could have spectators allowed when we play Pleasant Grove, it would better prepare us for the atmosphere we will have when we play against Lufkin in the first round next week.”

After playing in such an electrifying atmosphere last year, the lack of fans and a student section impacted both sides.

“It was definitely disappointing not being able to have any fans watching us play,” senior Cydney Hopkins said. “I’m just excited to get into playoffs now.”

The Lady Tigers will take on the Lady Panthers of Lufkin Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at Marshall High School.

 

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Kailyn Williams
Kailyn Williams, Sports Editor
Kailyn Williams is a third-year senior member of the newspaper staff and Sports Editor. She is an overachieving perfectionist, who doesn’t like failing. She is a member of the varsity volleyball and softball team and likes to maintain straight A’s.
Anna Haley
Anna Haley, Photo Editor
Anna Haley is a second-year staff writer for Tiger Times as well as the Newspaper and Yearbook Photo Editor. She loves to hunt, fish, take photos and make graphics. If she isn’t doing any of those, she is in her backyard with her dog. She is one of the Top 10 Photographers in Texas and hopes to be a recurring member. Anna is excited about the new year as Photo editor!

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