“Everyone got to play and we had fun,” said Coach Judy Pruett.
Both WV teams jumped on top early in each game and retained that advantage throughout the match. The Lady Mustangs’ varsity scored a 25-15, 25-11, 25-18 win in near-record time, following a 25-8, 25-5 win by the junior varsity.
“The junior varsity played very well,” said Pruett.
Several members of the junior varsity saw considerable playing time in the varsity match.
The varsity improved its season record to 12-5, but face a strong Ooltewah team on the Walker Valley floor Thursday.
The Lady Mustangs’ schedule then includes some traveling engagements over the next couple of weeks. The Lady Mustangs get a weekend off after back-to-back weekends of tournament play, but journey to East Ridge next Wednesday to play the Lady Pioneers and GPS.
Tuesday’s victory over McMinn County improves Walker Valley’s district record to 4-1. The Lady Mustangs’ only district loss was to Soddy-Daisy, which also defeated the Lady Mustangs twice during the weekend’s Choo Choo Classic tournament in Chattanooga.
Caitlin Geren sparked the varsity with 18 service points, two aces, 19 assists and a kill. Tayor Pruett had 18 services points, two aces and a kill.
Seniors Kayla Sewell, Karis Terpstra and Madison Akins also contributed to the Lady Mustangs latest win. Sewell had six service points, a block, assist and 12 kills; Terpstra had a block, assist and seven kills; and Akins added four service points, an ace, 13 digs and one assist.
Morgan Elrod had six service points and six kills; Leslie Still added four service points, two aces and seven kills; and Katie Wilds had a block and two kills.
The junior varsity completed its match is just 20 minutes. Bristol Snider had 12 service points and seven kills, while Eryn Walker added 10 service points and 10 assists.
n Despite the two losses to Soddy-Daisy, Walker Valley had a very positive weekend at the Choo Choo Classic with a 5-3 overall record ... finishing among the tournament’s top eight teams.
Coach Pruett’s team defeated Signal Mountain and White Co. in pool play Friday night, before losing to powerful Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 16-25, 23-25. On Saturday, Walker Valley defeated Cookeville and Father Ryan in pool play and lost to Soddy-Daisy.
In the championship tournament, the Lady Mustangs defeated Farragut and then fell to Soddy-Daisy a second time in the quarterfinals.
Statistics for the weekend: Sewell, Terpstra and Akins sparked the Walker Valley effort. Sewell had 47 kills, 22 blocks and five aces; Terpstra added 39 kills, nine blocks, six aces and two assists; and Akins had 64 digs, seven aces, a kill and an assist.
Other statistics from weekend play include Geren with 71 assists, 17 kills, eight aces and four blocks; Snider had 31 kills, two blocks and one assist; Wilds had 17 kills and four blocks; Still added 13 kills and an ace; Elrod had 27 digs, two kills, two aces and a block; and Pruett had nine digs.