The Lady Hurricanes were able sweep the Lady Mustangs in three straight sets 25-22, 26-24 and 25-17.
“We just can’t seem to put balls away right now. That was probably our worst performance of the year thus far, which I guess is good — you can always look forward to better things to come,” Walker Valley head coach Judy Pruett commented. “They worked really hard in preseason, but they sort of stopped working as hard. Right now I think our work effort and number of errors is costing us.”
The Lady Mustangs don’t have much time to recover as district-leading Ooltewah (19-2, 4-0) comes to “The Corral” tonight. Varsity action is slated to begin at 6:15.
In the first set Wednesday the teams were knotted at 13-all before the hosts built a small lead. The Lady Mustangs were able to close the gap to just two points before the Lady Hurricanes’ were able to put the game away by a 25-22 margin.
In the second set, Walker Valley was able to control most of the game, getting within two points of a win with a 23-18 lead. That control would falter, and in the seven opportunities they had to close up shop on East Hamilton, the Fillies were never able to capitalize and get those crucial two points.
“We were not mentally up, even in that second game when we were two points away from winning. The girls just didn’t show that they wanted that win and I’m not sure why,” Pruett stated. “If you can’t score [the final] two points and win a game then you don’t deserve to win the match.”
The Lady Hurricanes, who have played in the last two TSSAA Class AA State Tournaments, were quick to take control in the third game, easily overcoming the Lady Mustangs’ early 2-0 lead.
“East Hamilton is new to our district and played well. They have a couple of good hitters and play smart,” Pruett stated. “We played them a couple times in the preseason and were really close with them. Tonight we just didn’t finish. We should’ve finished the second game — we had it but we couldn’t finish and get the win. The third game we didn’t play defense, offense or anything.”
Baylee Boen, who has just recently returned from an ankle injury, had one ace, one assist, eight kills, eight digs and six receptions for the evening.
Madison Pruett had an ace, three kills, 11 digs and eight receptions while Rachel Lawhorn had three blocks, 14 kills and one dig.
Ashlyn Flock had nine assists, three kills and six digs, with Abby Campbell getting 11 assists and four digs of her own.
Alex Rominger had four digs and 11 receptions and Gracie Pierce had one kill, four digs and three receptions.
The Lady Mustangs now stand at 10-9 overall and 2-2 in the district.
While the varsity team was swept in its match, Walker Valley’s JV team was able to top its opponent 25-10 and 25-20.
Alex Crittenden had 19 assists, five kills and one dig, while Katelin Scoggins had 11 digs and six receptions.
Sara Wilson finished the evening with two aces, six kills, four digs and four receptions. Nikki Prugh had two aces, four kills and four digs of her own.