Lady Mustangs sweep up against Owls

By RICHARD ROBERTS
Posted 8/30/19

The Lady Mustangs literally used their heads, or more specifically Madison Jaynes' head, to earn a straight set district volleyball victory over Ooltewah Thursday. 

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Lady Mustangs sweep up against Owls

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The Lady Mustangs literally used their heads, or more specifically Madison Jaynes' head, to earn a straight set district volleyball victory over Ooltewah Thursday. 

Jaynes was in the right spot at the right time defensively when she scored the 24th point of the third set on an Ooltewah kill shot that bounced off the head of Jaynes and ricocheted to the left corner of the court between two Lady Owls for the point.

“We don't teach that,” Lady Mustangs coach Aubrey Reagan said laughing. “She was in the right defensive spot, though. I guess I can be excited about that. Her head did the work for her.”

Jaynes' head may have done the work for that point, but the Lady Mustangs did the work overall with an impressive straight set sweep over Ooltewah.

“It was much better than we have been playing, and a lot more fun. I had fun and I think the girls had more fun,” said Reagan, whose Lady Mustangs (1-3, 1-1 District 5-AAA) won by set scores of 25-11, 25-22 and 25-15.

Maggie Harness and Melodie McCree were on point for the Lady Mustangs with seven kills apiece. Miranda Morel finished with six, Sophie Frederick added four, Jaynes and Jia Weathersby pitched in with two while Victoria Walker booked a kill for the hosts.

Frederick ended the night with 15 assists and Walker added 10 to the final total.

The Lady Mustangs dominated Game 1, rolling to a 15-6 lead using aces from Haylee Ragsdale and Laney Harris. Jaynes, Jia Weathersby, Melody McCree and Miranda Morgel all had kills in the run. An ace from Ragsdale and an Ooltewah error put the Lady Mustangs up 20-10. McRee got a block then served up an ace to make it 24-11. A final Lady Owls mistake gave the win to Walker Valley.

The Lady Owls made it a bit tougher on the hosts in Game 2. 

After swapping points early, Ooltewah passed the Lady Herd to take a 13-9 lead and built a 17-13 advantage as Victoria Walker stepped to the service line for the Lady Mustangs after a side out. Walker served up back-to-back-to-back aces to tie the game at 17-17. The Lady Owls fought back to ease out front 22-19 before another side out put the service into the hands of Walker Valley's Sophie Frederick.

Frederick got a pair of kills from Morgel, who tied the game at 22-22. Frederick then matched Walker with three consecutive aces to give the come-from-behind win to the Lady Mustangs.

“I have a lot of respect for (Ooltewah coach) Elaine (Peigen) and what they do at Ooltewah. They don't quit. Our kids knew that. It didn't matter what score was on the board the first game, they were going to come back in the second game. We knew that. That is who they are. I'm proud of the girls. We have struggled through that a little bit on controlling errors and being able to make a push. I'm proud we were able to do it tonight.”

The Lady Mustangs carried the excitement and momentum built up in Game 2 into the final set of the night. 

Another McCree ace set the Lady Raiders up with a 12-4 lead. Three kills from Maggie Harness and another by Frederick made it a 16-5 game. The Lady Owls rallied back in a big way to score nine of the next 11 points to close the gap to 18-14 before a shot to the hardwood by Walker stopped the run.

With the Lady Mustangs holding a 21-15 lead, Ragsdale kept up the pressure with an ace to make it 22-15 then came up big with a kill in front of an Ooltewah error, giving Walker Valley a 23-15 lead. From there Jaynes' header put the Lady Mustangs up by nine points and a final Ooltewah errors closed out the match for the Lady Mustangs.

“We could have finished better, but I'm just happy for the win. The girls are happy. This was still a lot better than the last few days, I'm excited about that.”

The Lady Herd will be in Chattanooga this weekend for the Choo-Choo Classic beginning tonight.

“Tomorrow is a big night for us. We always want to do well at Choo-Choo. It's a good chance to see what it's like to line up against Chattanooga teams,” said Reagan.

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