The up and down, here one game, gone the next season continued for Walker Valley on the volleyball court Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Rhea County.
The victory came with wins of 25-21, 25-10 and a fourth game score of 25-20. Rhea County ran away with Game 3 by a score of 25-19.
“We needed this win badly,” said Lady Mustangs coach Judy Pruett. “We have intensity for a game. We played really hard in the second game and there is no reason we shouldn’t have finished the match in three.”
After a lackluster 25-21 effort to win Game 1, The Lady Mustangs (14-20, 4-5 District 5-AAA) fired out of the gate in the second game to put the Lady Eagles away by a 25-10 margin.
Walker Valley raced to a 7-2 lead and stretched the advantage to 13-3 and built the lead to 18-4. Eryn Walker closed out the game with an ace giving the Lady Mustangs the win.
As quickly as they showed up in the second game of the series, the Lady Mustangs disappeared in Game 3. After blowing a 6-1 lead, Walker Valley was forced to play catchup the rest of the way. A Bristol Snider kill tied the game at 16-16, but could not overtake the Lady Eagles and fell 25-19.
“We just get on that error machine. I’ve tried to fix it. One turns into two and two turns into 10,” said a somewhat frustrated Pruett.
The Lady Mustangs had to come back once again in the finale to tie the game at 8-all. Madison Pruett served up and ace to put Walker Valley up 10-8. Taylor Pruett gave the Lady Mustangs a 14-12 lead with two aces before Rhea tied the game again at 15-15. Eryn Walker helped keep the Lady Mustangs on top for good with an ace to make it 17-15. Taylor Pruett made it 24-19 with a final ace and a net serve gave the Lady Mustangs the 25-20 win.
Snider ended the night for the Lady Mustangs with 19 assists, two blocks, 14 kills, 15 digs and one reception. Taylor Pruett served three aces, 27 digs and 20 receptions to go with six aces, 26 digs and nine receptions for Walker. Abby Campbell picked up 16 assists, a kill and 15 digs while Baylee Boen booked 13 kills, eight digs and receptions. Christian Whittemore had a kill, 14 digs and four receptions and Autumn Sizemore notched six aces, three blocks, three kills, four digs and one reception. Madison Pruett ended with six kills kills, eight digs and two receptions, Rachel Lawhorn had two blocks, five kills, and a dig and Nikki Prugh finished with three assists, two kills, one dig and two receptions.
“Right now, we have to win here [in] our district games. Thursday night against Cleveland is a big game. We just have to keep playing. I still don’t think we are playing our best,” Pruett said. “I really think our district is going to be one of those districts that whoever is hot on district night will be the team that wins the district.”