OOLTEWAH — The team was there, but the Lady Mustangs were nowhere to be seen, even when the match with the Lady Owls shifted to the old “Barn” after a power outage in the new “Barn” caused a change of venue.
Ooltewah ran the table on Walker Valley, winning in straight games, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-17.
“We just didn’t show up,” said Lady Mustangs coach Judy Pruett.
Trailing 16-11 in the opener, a sudden loss of power brought an unexpected halt in mid serve. While waiting for light to return, the Lady Owls and Lady Mustangs went into full slumber party mode entertaining each other and the crowd with rhythmic chants and cheers.
After a decision to move to Ooltewah’s old basketball gym, which still had power, the Lady Owls went on to put away Game 1.
Walker Valley trailed 14-11 in the second game when Ooltewah scored six straight points to go up 20-11 before closing out the win.
In the final game of the night, the Lady Owls used runs of six, four and five points to take an 18-9 lead. Walker Valley cut it to 19-15, but could get no closer before Ooltewah closed out the night.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Mustangs took two of three games from Ooltewah with scores of 25-7 and 15-13. The Lady Owls won the second game 25-13.
Ashyln Flock had two aces, 14 assists, two kills and two digs while Kaitlin Scoggins picked up one block, four kills, five digs and receptions. Alex Rominger served an ace, 10 digs and had four receptions and Nikki Prugh finished with an ace, two kills, three digs and six receptions. Madison Russo scored one ace, a block, six kills, and one dig while Kateland West booked three assists and five kills. Mikayla Lumpkin finished with three kills and Sara Wilson had two digs.
For the varsity, Ashlyn Flock had 13 assists. Madison Russo finished with seven kills and Madison Pruett ended with six kills.
Lady Raiders bring
home three wins
From Staff Reports
The Cleveland Lady Raiders started round two of district play Tuesday against Soddy-Daisy, bringing home freshmen, junior varsity and varsity wins.
Cleveland’s varsity team went 3-0 with scores of 28-26, 25-23 and 25- 22, in a matchup that was neck-and-neck from the get-go.
Coach Patricia Flowers said she felt the game was affirmation of how far her players have come over the past few weeks.
“The girls played fantastic as a team tonight. Soddy has always been a competitive program and we have been on the losing side in tight matches many times this season. I am sure I can speak for my girls, coaches, and parents when I say that it felt good to be on the winning side tonight,” she said.
Standout players for the Raiders include Jessica Murray with 24 receptions, 22 digs and 5 kills, Marissa Langford had 7 digs and an outstanding 23 kills. Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad contributed 8 kills and Cassie Hale put down 6 kills. Libero Eva Wilhelm had 21 receptions and 33 digs. KK Clements had 9 receptions and 14 digs. Kayla Lee had 11 receptions and 34 digs. Freshman setter Kellee Geren had 39 assists.
“Our whole game came together tonight. We served well, passed well, and had our highest team hitting percentage of the season. I cannot attribute the win to any one player, because everyone did her part to pull out this win,” said Flowers.
The Lady Raiders are 13-16 for the season, 3-3 in District 5-AAA. They play again Tuesday at home against Rhea County.