Walker Valley took the match in straight sets, going 25-8, 25-11 and 25-4 against McMinn.
“The girls were relaxed and played well together as a team. They had a lot of fun. McMinn has a decent team, they just get down on themselves,” said Walker Valley coach Judy Pruett.
The varsity squad got off to a dominating start in the first game, putting up seven points before the Lady Cherokees found the scoreboard.
Katie Wilds put up three of her five aces during the first set and had five kills, five digs and a pair of blocks on the night.
Game two saw the Lady Cherokees find their legs a bit. The entire game was a back and forth. However, McMinn only scored consecutively twice, and never more than two points in a row.
Short bursts of scoring along with solid defensive play saw the Lady Mustangs cruise to a 25-11 victory in the second set.
Caitlin Geren started and finished the third game by serving strong. She put up five service points at the start of the set and finished by getting the team’s final six service points.
Geren also had 19 assists, an ace, three kills and four digs.
Junior Bristol Snider led the team on an eight-point drive in the middle of the set that included two aces. She also had seven assists, 10 digs and seven kills, including the final kill of the match.
In total the Lady Cherokees were only able to muster 26 points across all three matches.
Other Lady Mustang notables were: Taylor Pruett with 10 digs and five serve receptions, Morgan Elrod had 11 digs and three serve receptions, Eryn Walker had seven digs and three serve receptions, Leslie Still had five kills and Autumn Sizemore had six kills.
“We played our game tonight. We passed pretty well and most of our hits were going in. The girls played a really good match. It was a good district win for us.” stated Pruett.
The Lady Mustang Freshman team cruised to a victory, going 25-9, 25-4.
They were led by Hallie Davis, who had 13 service points, 10 digs and three kills.
It was a similar story with the JV squads, as Walker Valley took the match 25-16, 25-17.
Katherine Plate had nine aces, four kills, six digs and four serve receptions and Lindsey Wingo had three assists, two aces, two kills, six digs, five serve receptions and a block to lead the JV.
The Lady Mustangs also competed at the Tennessee Tandem Tournament over the weekend and went 3-and-4 with wins over Boyd-Buchanan, Oakland and Bradley.
“We made it to the Gold Tournament and played some very good teams in some really close matches,” explained Pruett.
Leading the Lady Mustangs in tournament play was Geren with 68 assists, five aces, 19 kills, 31 digs and nine blocks.
Sinder had 33 assists, 23 kills, 40 digs, 14 serve receptions and eight blocks.
Taylor Pruett had 49 digs and 36 serve receptions, Elrod had 44 digs and 35 service receptions, Wilds scored 25 kills, 15 digs and 26 blocks, Leslie Still had 19 kills and 31 digs, Jessica Stepp had 21 kills, 22 digs and 13 serve receptions, Walker had 24 digs and 19 serve receptions and Autumn Sizemore recorded 21 kills and 13 blocks.
The Lady Mustangs are in action on the road tomorrow at GPS against GPS and East Ridge, and Thursday they play at Bradley in a game that could determine district seeding.
Walker Valley carries a record of 15-13 overall and 5-3 in district play.