By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
The Malakoff Lady Tigers got off to a hot start last week, with a win on the road in Palmer and then a three-game sweep of Fruitvale Friday in their home opener.
The Lady Tigers are 2-0 on the young season.
Second-year head coach James Neal said he was happy with the results, but stressed there was plenty of work to be done.
“We need more teamwork,” he said. “My biggest thing is communication.”
Coach said right now the Lady Tiger defense is ahead of the offense, but it is still very early. Consider that the Lady Tigers played in two scrimmages and two matches before the football Tigers stepped onto the field for their first scrimmage.
Neal stressed conditioning in the preseason and it paid off in Malakoff’s first match, a five-game win over Palmer.
“That was very important because of the way it went last year,” said Neal, “when we lost a few five-setters. That was a positive.”
Neal said he has high expectations for this year and set the season’s theme as “One.”
“One pass, one set, one kill,” he said. “One game, one at a time.”
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to travel to Fruitvale on Tuesday night and then compete in a tournament in Eustace starting Thursday, but those games came after The Malakoff News deadline this week.