For the third time this week, the Lady Raiders struggled to find a way to stop their downward spiral in District 5-AAA volleyball without success.
The visiting Ooltewah Lady Owls swept into the CHS volleyball gym on Senior Night and walked away with a sweep of Cleveland by scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-17.
The Lady Raiders led only once, scoring the first point of the three-game set. Cleveland came within a single point of tying game two on two separate occasions, but could not catch up to the Lady Owls.
Cleveland coach Patricia Flowers said afterward she was encouraged with the upbeat play by the Lady Raiders.
“We didn’t lay down tonight. We continued to get better throughout the night. Considering it was Senior Night, I felt like the girls didn’t lay down, and they fought. We just have to play smarter,” Flowers said. “Ooltewah is the strongest team in our district. The are very versatile and run a quick offense. They are an aggressive serving team and it’s a mental thing when we play Ooltewah. There isn’t a team in the district we can’t beat, but they are the toughest.”
Senior Marissa Langford had 12 kills for the Lady Raiders. Fellow senior KK Clements ended with two aces and 11 digs and Eva Wilhelm had 10 digs.
Flowers jumbled her usual lineup a bit throughout the evening in an effort to give some of the younger Lady Raiders varsity level experience.
“We had a lot of young players in tonight. We didn’t get everybody in, but I have to give a shout-out to our young players. That’s a lot of pressure to come in as a freshman. Both of our freshmen performed,” said the coach. “It may have been unorthodox at times because of the lack of experience, but they performed nonetheless. That’s what we need, people to put the ball down.”
Lady Mustangs 3,
Lady Cherokees 0
ATHENS — Walker Valley ventured a county north Thursday evening and swept District 5-AAA rival McMinn County in three straight sets (25-13, 25-10, 25-13).
This win bumped the Lady Mustangs’ overall record to 18-15 and district record to 4-6.
Abby Campbell had one ace, 14 assists, four kills and eight digs.
Madison Pruett had one block, eight kills, seven digs and six receptions.
Alex Rominger had 13 digs and six receptions, and Ashlyn Flock had two aces, seven assists, two kills and four digs.
Mikayla Lumpkin had two assists, two blocks, three kills and five digs in the game.
Rachel Lawhorn had one ace, one block, seven kills and two digs, while Nikki Prugh had one ace, four kills, four digs and two receptions.
Gracie Pierce had an ace, two kills, three digs and three receptions, with Abbi Mason getting two assists and five kills.
Alexan Crittenden had two assists, two kills and two digs.
Sara Wilson had two kills, two digs and a reception and Katelin Scoggins had two aces and a reception in the game.
Walker Valley’s JV team is now 12-0 following its win over McMinn County as well.
Julia McGuire had three kills and nine digs and Katelin Scoggins had two aces, seven digs and two receptions.
Carly Frost had two kills, six digs and a reception, while Sara Wilson had two aces, two kills, a dig and one reception.
Lindsay Staiman had an assist, four kills and a dig, with Kate Essenburg getting three kills and a dig.
Shiho Zakimi had three kills in the game.