If Cleveland is going to make any noise in the District 5-AAA volleyball tournament, the Lady Raiders had better figure out ways to win rather than ways to give games away.
The Lady Raiders whipped up on East Hamilton for two games Tuesday night inside the CHS volleyball gym before disappearing into the cool fall evening on their way to a 3-2 loss.
“I want to wake up in the morning and hope this is a dream,” said a disconcerted Cleveland coach Trish Flowers. “This game was bigger than Monday’s game because we split (the season series) with Bradley. If we had split with East Hamilton, it would have changed things in the district.”
The Lady Raiders breezed to a 25-14 win in game one and fought off a charge by the Lady Hurricanes to win game two by a score of 25-22.
The Lady Raiders led in game three, but fell behind 13-12 before coming back to tie the game at 15-15. Cleveland tied it once more at 19-19 before falling 25-23.
After jumping to a 5-1 lead in game four, the Lady Raiders found themselves in a battle with the Lady Hurricanes. East Hamilton tied the game at 17 apiece and took the lead for good at 23-all before closing out the 27-25 win.
The final game of the night belonged to the Lady Hurricanes. East Hamilton raced to a 5-1 lead and never looked back, closing out the night with a 15-9 win.
“We had a game plan coming into tonight, but we didn’t even come close to staying with it,” said Flowers. “I feel we gave them more points than they scored on us. We just didn’t want to win. There was far too much standing around and watching instead of playing like a team.”
Marissas Langford again led the Lady Raiders in kills with 12. Addie Stroke finished with seven and Aneisha Barber ended with six. Strode led the way with eight aces, followed by Kayla Lee with five. Lee also picked up 32 digs followed by Kelle Geren with 14 and KK Clements with 12. Eva Wilhelm and Lauren Lee booked 10 each. Geren also had 30 assists for the Lady Raiders.
Lady Owls 3,
Lady Mustangs 0
OOLTEWAH — Walker Valley ventured down the interstate Tuesday evening for some District 5-AAA action against volleyball powerhouse Ooltewah.
The Lady Mustangs fell to the Lady Owls in three straight sets (11-25, 13-25, 23-25) and now have an overall record of 17-15 and a district record of 3-6.
Ashlyn Flock had 10 assists, six digs, two kills and half a block.
Alex Rominger had 16 digs and seven receptions, while Abby Campbell had nine assists, one kill, seven digs and an ace.
Madison Pruett had 10 digs, five receptions, three kills and an ace.
Nikki Prugh had five kills, five digs and seven receptions with Alexan Crittenden getting five kills and 1.5 blocks.
Gracie Pierce got three aces, four digs and three receptions in the game.
Walker Valley is scheduled to continue its District 5-AAA play on Thursday, as the team travels north to take on McMinn County at 6 p.m.
The JV Lady Mustangs maintained their perfect record, and are now 11-0 after defeating Ooltewah’s JV team (24-26, 25-18, 16-14).
Alexan Crittenden had 16 assists, eight kills, two aces and six digs, with Katelin Scoggins getting one ace, 20 digs and six receptions.
Mikayla Lumpkin had six kills, three aces, three assists, one block and a dig.
Abbi Mason had five kills and five receptions, while Ashlyn Flock had three kills, two assists, one block and a dig.
Walker Valley’s freshman team was also victorious in its game against the Lady Owls freshman team (25-12, 23-25, 17-15) and is now 3-4.
Gracie Pierce had eight assists, eight kills, five aces and three digs, with Dani Sowder getting three aces, three kills, seven digs and two receptions.
Julia McGuire had tree kills, eight digs, two receptions and an ace.
Kate Essenburg had three aces, four kills and two digs, while Megan Malone had three digs, one kill and one reception.