Lady Mustangs fall in four to Ooltewah
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY OUTSIDE HITTER Baylee Bowen sets up a shot after getting the dig against Ooltewah during volleyball action Thursday inside “The Stable.” Banner photo, LYNNAE ROBERTS
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Walker Valley recovered from a bad night at East Hamilton Wednesday according head volleyball coach Judy Pruett, but not good enough to pull out a win over Ooltewah Thursday at Walker Valley.

The Lady Owls swooped into the Stable and flew away with three wins in a four-game set taking games one and two by scores of 25-16 and 25-23. The Lady Mustangs reversed the score in the third game to win 25-23, but could not hold off the Lady Owls in the final game of the night falling 25-19.

“We wanted to get a win. At times we played pretty well and played with them. We won the third game, but I think if we could have won the second game it might have been different,” said Pruett. “We played much better than we did last night. We just had a mental “we didn’t want to play volleyball night.” We kind of came out and played better tonight.”

After dropping the first two matches of the night, the Lady Mustangs started off game three by breaking a 3-3 tie and taking a 5-3 lead. Walker Valley stayed out front with a block by Rachel Lawhorn and a pair of Madison Pruett kills. Alexan Crittenden made it a 10-6 game minutes later with another Walker Valley kill.

Baylee Boen and Ashlyn Flock kept the Lady Mustangs out front and helped hold onto a 16-13 lead. The Lady Owls bounced back to run off five consecutive points to race by Walker Valley for an 18-16 lead.

Pruett and Boen teamed up for kills to swing momentum back to the side of the Lady Mustangs. Lawhorn closed the gap to 22-21 before Ooltewah picked up its final point of the game. Two bad serves and two balls into the net put the four points needed by the Lady Mustangs on the board and Walker Valley walked away with a 25-23 victory.

“We know Ooltewah has a great team, obviously. They have three girls over six feet tall. They can definitely put the ball down. We’re not all that tall,” said Pruett. “I think the girls realize if we play and make fewer errors we can let them make some of the errors and play with them. They realize that by taking one game from them.”

The Lady Mustangs will rest up over the weekend before jumping back into district play next week.

“We play McMinn Tuesday then we start over in the district back at Bradley. We are 2-3 in the district so I’m hoping we have a lot more wins this time around,” said Pruett.

Boen ended her night with two aces, nine kills, nine digs and 17 receptions. Pruett had a block 14 kills, 12 digs, and four receptions while Flock finished with 16 assists, two kills, and 11 digs. Abby Campbell boked 13 assists, one kill, and 13 digs and teammate Alex Rominger added 1 assist, 15 digs, and nine receptions. Lawhorn picked up one block, sseven kills, and two digs. Alexan Crittenden posted one assist, three kills, and digs while Mikayla Lumpkin finished with two blocks, and four kills. Gracie Pierce had one kill, 10 digs, and two receptions and Nikki Prugh -had two assists. Abbi Mason ans Sara Wilson contributed a kil apiece.

In junior varsity action, the Lady Mustangs fell to the Lady Owls by scores of 25-16, 25-23, and 25-19 picking up a lone 25-23 win in game three.

Crittenden nothced two aces aces, 19 assists, and kills Katelin Scoggins hade one ace, eight digs, and one reception. Sara Wilson and Abbi Mason added six kills each while Flock and Lumpkin contributed three kills apiece. Julia McGuire posted a pair of kills for the Lady Mustangs.

In freshman action, the Lady Mustangs won both games by scores of 25-15 and 25-18.

Gracie Pierce served up 4 aces and added eight assists, three kills, and a dig. Dani Sowder posted six aces, one assist, three kills, and one dig while Julia McGuire booked two aces, one assist, one block, four kills, and digs. Kate Essenburg booked an ace, two kills, and receptions while Megan Malone had two digs, and one reception. Katie Swafford had one dig, and two receptions while Rylee Lawson ended with a kill, and one dig.