The night before the district meeting to decide seedings in next week’s tournament, The Lady Mustangs and Lady Trojans had a little unfinished district business of their own to take care of to help figure out who will bracket where.
The Lady Mustangs, who honored their departing seniors before the game, gave it all they had and fought until the final point. But, the valiant effort was not enough to keep up with the near flawless play by Soddy-Daisy.
The Lady Trojans took command early in the first two games to win by scores of 25-19 and 25-15 and overtook Walker Valley midway through the closer and went on to pick up another 25-19 victory.
“It was emotional. I thought they really (Lady Mustangs)wanted it,” said Walker Valley coach Judy Pruett. “Soddy played a great game. That’s probably the best I’ve seen them play all season. I have seen them in tournaments and have not seen them play like that. They played a really good match.”
Soddy controlled the tempo for the most part in the first two games holding Walker Valley to a total of only three leads, all of which came in the opener. The Lady Trojans led the second match from start to finish.
The Lady Mustangs fired up in the final game and led 7-2 before the Lady Trojans tied it at 10-10. Walker Valley battled to a 15-14 lead on an Eryn Walker ace, but Soddy-Daisy rallied back for five straight points to take the lead for good.
“We played with them, again, to a certain point and played hard in the last game,” Pruett said. “We were up most of the game until right around 14 or 15 and then we just couldn’t finish again. We still can’t finish. That is the key thing.”
Taylor Pruett ended the night for Walker Valley with 21 digs and 20 receptions. Teammate Abby Campbell had 14 assists, one kill and seven digs while Baylee Boen went up for eight kills, a dig and six receptions. Eryn Walker picked served up a pair of aces and had eight digs and six receptions and Bristol Snider added nine assists, five kills, six digs and two receptions. Autumn Sizemore worked the net for eight kills and dig and Christian Whittemore ended with two aces, seven digs and five receptions. Madison Pruett booked a block, four kills, two digs and receptions while Rachel Lawhorn cracked four kills and a dig. Alex Rominger finished with one digs and two receptions, Nikki Prugh had two kills and Ashlyn Flock added an assist.
The Lady Mustangs now will turn their focus to the District 5-AAA tournament at Bradley Central beginning Monday.
“I guess we’ll see at district. I’m hoping we will peak at district. If we do, that will be a great time to peak. If not I guess we get a fall break,” Pruett said.