Coached by Brandi Ownby and assisted by Trish Flowers, the Lady Raiders came out on top, finishing with a 10-0 record for the day.
During pool play, Cleveland earned a first place seed with wins over Ooltewah (25-11, 25-17), Hixson (25-6, 25-17), and Lake Forest (25-12, 25-11). They faced Loftis Middle school in the quarter finals, winning 25-15 and 25-14. The winning streak continued into the semifinals with a matchup against Hunter Middle School (5-8, 25-15). Going into the championship game undefeated, the Lady Raiders faced their most competitive opponent yet, crosstown rival Ocoee Middle School. Although the scores were a lot closer and the rallies more intense, Cleveland stayed one step ahead from the get-go, winning both sets 25-21.
Considering how short the season is in general and the limited amount of practice time, both coaches said they could not be more proud.
“This is a special group of girls,” said head coach Brandi Ownby. ”They went 9-1 last year as sixth-graders and are undefeated so far this season. Although it is still early, they continue to improve and just work so well together.”
Assistant coach Trish Flowers could not agree more, adding that the girls succeed because they serve well and communicate point for point.
“The girls are so fun to watch. I recommend that anyone who wants their daughter to play in the future come watch this group of girls play this season. They have great serves and communicate so well on the floor. Just like the quarterback leads a football team, a volleyball team needs one leader. The rest of the team has to buy in. This team has done that whether they realize it or not,” said Flowers.
Gracie Pierce 30 aces, 32 kills, 11 assists, 33 digs, Sofia Stamitiadis 31 aces, 11 kills, 16 digs, Morgan Moffett four kills, five digs, one assist, Katie Swafford 18 aces, one kill, 12 digs, Lauren Lee 25 aces, three kills, 24 assists, four digs, Emily Jackson two aces, 10 digs, two kills, one block, one assist, Sammie-Kate Eason one ace, one assist, nine digs, one kill, Jessica Towe one ace, one kill, five digs, Regan Fuller 10 aces, two assists, five kills, eight digs and Shanti Mastin two digs.
OMS opens strong
The Ocoee Middle School Lady Colts opened their middle school volleyball season on Saturday at the Bradley Paw Classic by placing second in both the junior varsity and varsity tournaments. The Ocoee JV team went 5-1 for the day with their only loss to Cleveland in the finals. The JV team, coached by Aubrey Reagan, beat Loftis, Soddy-Daisy, and Hunter in pool play and placed first in their pool. They defeated Hixson and Lake Forest in the tournament before falling to Cleveland in a close match 21-25 and 21-25.
The eighth-grade varsity Lady Colts started the day with two losses to tough Chattanooga teams, Hunter and Loftis. The Lady Colts went on to win against Chilhowee, Lake Forest, and Soddy-Daisy. The eighth-grade team has had a rivalry with Hunter since last year’s tournament, losing to Hunter for the only loss for the then seventh-grade Colts in the same tournament.
At 11:45 p.m., the Lady Colts were able to beat Hunter in the semifinals. It was a very late night and the finals were not as much fun with a loss to Hixson finishing what is now known as the first two-day middle school tournament, with play finishing at 12:45 a.m.
The Lady Colts hosted Girls Preparatory School on Monday with wins by the eighth grade by scores of 25-11 and 25-19. The seventh grade won in three games 25-14, 23-25, and 15-10. The sixth-grade team played their first match of the season on Monday against a strong sixth-grade GPS team with a losses of 21-25 and 20-25.
The seventh grade also won on Tuesday against Dayton City by scores of 25-9 and 25-14.
The JV Lady Colt’s record is now 7-1. The eighth-grade Lady Colts team won with scores of 25-10 and 25-14 and hold a 5-3 record.
The Lady Colts will be at Lake Forest Thursday with the eighth grade playing first at 4 p.m., the seventh grade at 5 and the sixth grade playing at 6 p.m.