Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High senior Brooklyn Brawner passes as classmate Halle Shrum (at left) and junior Mattie Butler look on.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High senior Brooklyn Brawner passes as classmate Halle Shrum (at left) and junior Mattie Butler look on.

The Macon County High School volleyball team was facing multiple obstacles last Thursday evening.

The most formidable of those hindrances was the hole that the Tigerettes dug themselves into.

However, Macon County rallied for a 21-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9 win over visiting Springfield at Nera White Gymnasium.

"We could have given up," Tigerette senior outside hitter Brooklyn Brawner said. "We could have gone home early, but we didn't.

"We're fighting for a good place in our district."

Macon County entered Thursday's match having already dropped district matches to last season's top two programs, defending Class AA state champion Portland and White House Heritage. The Tigerettes were coming off of the three-game lost at White House Heritage just two days earlier.

"It's a very big win," Brawner said. "This is exactly what we needed. I knew we had it in us. We needed a win. This experience was good for us."

Macon County was playing without junior Mattie Butler, who will be sidelined for approximately two weeks with a torn deltoid muscle in her shoulder.

"We had to have the other girls to step up," Tigerette head coach Shari Bowers said. "I did not know what we were going to do, but they stepped up."

The Lady Jackets were looking to close out the match in the fourth game, tying the contest at 21 on Josie Buck's kill.

However, Macon County senior Halle Shrum gave her squad a sideout with a kill off of a Springfield block, and classmate Gracie Andrews had a block of Buck's hit on the next point for a two-point lead.

"(Bowers) just tried to pick us up," Brawner said. "We weren't down on ourselves. We just need a little push."

Brawner closed out the fourth game with a tip that ricocheted off of a Lady Jacket block and to the court.

"It's a momentum game," Brawner said. "It's whoever has the momentum at the time.

"Whoever makes that certain play gets us going. That fuels the fire."

Then, Brawner produced back-to-back kills to give her squad a 3-0 lead in the fifth game.

"We knew we could do it," Brawner said. "We believed in ourselves.

"We tried to see the holes, and we tried to find the holes and do it to the best of our capabilities."

A block by Tigerette senior Bailie Brooks was followed by back-to-back errors by the Lady Jackets, stretching the lead to 8-2.

Haley Jones produced a kill to pull Springfield back to within three points (10-7), but Shrum's kill halted that momentum.

Macon County freshman libero Myle Crowder had a flat-footed kill and then produced an unreturnable serve on the next point for a 13-8 lead.

Then, the match ended with back-to-back kills by Andrews and Shrum.

"I'm very pleased with the way they stuck with it and fought," Bowers said. "I'm very proud of them."

Brawner led the team with 10 kills, 12 digs and three aces, and Crowder also had 12 digs.

Shrum and Kaitlyn Driver had eight and seven kills, respectively.

Senior setter Chelsea Avila provided 25 assists.

The Tigerettes improved to 7-3 overall and to 2-2 in District 11-AA, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 10-7 overall and to 1-3 in 11-AA.