Lady Raiders roll against McMinn
by By RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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CLEVLEAND LIBERO Eva Wilhelm receives a serve from McMinn County as Kayla Lee (5) and Addie Strode move in to assist during volleyball action at Clevleand, Wednesday. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
CLEVLEAND LIBERO Eva Wilhelm receives a serve from McMinn County as Kayla Lee (5) and Addie Strode move in to assist during volleyball action at Clevleand, Wednesday. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
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For the third time in as many days Cleveland was on the volleyball court and for the second time in three games, the Lady Raiders were trying to loosen the knot at the top of the District 5-AAA standings.

Cleveland wrapped up its district schedule with a make-up game with McMinn County Wednesday at home. The Lady Raiders had little trouble with the Lady Cherokees winning 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-5 and 25-17.

“We served well tonight,” said Cleveland coach Patricia flowers. “The girls were relaxed and played pretty well. They were having fun. It’s easy to coach a team that is confident.”

Aces were abundant for the Lady Raiders (19-18, 7-5 District 5-AAA) in the three-game set. Cleveland served up some 21 shots that did not make it back over the net.

Kayla Lee ended the evening with six aces and had four in a row in game three. Sabra Martin added five and Eva Wilhelm led the Lady Raiders with eight aces. The Cleveland libero also notched 12 receptions and 14 digs.

Marissa Langford led the kills category with 11 followed by Cassie Hale with eight.

Flowers also praised the effort and hard play of the Lady Cherokees.

“I have to give a shout out to McMinn County. They have a lot of potential. They are raw, but they are scrappy. Over the next few years they could really be a strong team,” she said.

Cleveland travels to Franklin Friday for one final tune-up tournament at the Mid-Tennessee Classic featuring teams with solid state tournament potential.

“There is going to be a lot of state tournament quality teams like Riverdale, Dobyns-Bennett and Ravenwood. There will be many teams that are really competitive and good to play right before the district tournament,” said Flowers.