The next time the current crop of eighth-grade girls face each other at the net will be as freshmen at their prospective high schools.
“This group of girls has a lot of chemistry,” said head coach Brandi Ownby. “We desire to play everyone on the bench, but sometimes game situations and momentum change things. Tonight the girls on the court jelled from the very get-go, and this was not a game to be taken lightly.”
The Lady Raiders’ eighth grade took the first set pretty quickly with a score of 25-14. The Colts fought back in the second, but could not pull it off losing 22-25. Cleveland won at its place earlier in the season, with scores of 25-20 and 25-18.
“Ocoee is a strong team. I don’t think they played against us the way we have seen them play against other teams, and we have all been there.”
Amber Morman had four blocks and two kills; Emily Jackson had one kill; Emma Flowers had one ace, 12 digs, nine kills, eight assists; Lauren Lee had one ace, six digs, two kills and 10 assists; Morgan Moffett had four aces, nine receptions, 11 digs, and three kills; Regan Fuller had seven receptions, 13 digs, two kills, and one assist; Sammie-Kate Eason had one ace, eight receptions; five digs, two kills, and one assist; Sofia Stamatiadis had one ace, 11 digs, and three kills.
Cleveland’s varsity record is now 16-3.
Although Cleveland’s junior varsity struggled against Ocoee when they played earlier in the season, Cleveland has not lost a single match since winning its last eight in a row. It battled it out in three sets against the Colts this time around, taking the first set 25-16, losing the second 23-25, and sailing through the third set 15-8.
“The JV girls continue to serve well,” commented coach Ownby, “totaling 16 aces and 63 total service points in all three sets. We need to work on getting our passes to the setter more consistently, but they are playing well overall.”
Aly Grace Lemons had one ace, six digs, one kill, four assists; Brooke McCurdy had one ace, seven receptions, eight digs, one kill and two assists; Emma Flowers had six aces, 22 digs, eight kills, and one assist. Hannah Longley had one ace and nine digs; Julia Ledford had one ace, 13 digs, a kill and an assist; and Krisinda Clark had two aces and two digs.
Cleveland’s overall JV record is 15-2.
The Lady Raider’s sixth-grade team had a big victory agains the Colts, winning two close sets 25-23 and 25-21. Setter Anna Renshaw had seven receptions, two digs, and four assists; Hitter Kaitlyn Goodman had three aces and one kill; libero Lydia Martin had six aces, six receptions, four digs, and two kills;
Madeline Dasher had six receptions; Olivia Jabaley had two aces, two digs, and one assist; hitter Sydni Geren had three aces and three kills; hitter Nicole Glaser had three kills; defensive specialist Tanya Sharma had four digs.
Cleveland will face Rhea Central on Friday at home.