The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade Lady Raider volleyball teams each fought hard to the finish, winning all three matches in tiebreaker third set.
"The girls continue to improve and grow as players," said head coach Brandi Ownby. "GPS is one of the strongest teams we have faced this season, so the girls should be very proud of these wins."
The varsity played the early game Wednesday night, taking the first set 25-22, losing the second 25-19, and stealing the deciding set 15-7. This is the second win the varsity team has had against GPS this season.
Key varsity players include: middle hitter Amber Morman with three aces and three kills; right-side hitter Caroline Gregory with two kills; setter Emma Flowers with seven aces, 10 digs, four kills, and four assists; setter Lauren Lee with four aces, three digs, three kills, and seven assists; middle hitter Morgan Moffett with six receptions, three digs, and two kills; defensive specialist Regan Fuller with two aces, 18 receptions, five digs, a kill, and two assists; defensive specialist Sammie Kate Eason with four receptions and four digs; and defensive specialist Sofia Stamatiadis with six aces, nine receptions, three digs, and an assist.
The Cleveland Lady Raider varsity team has a 19-4 overall record.
Losing to GPS at their place did not stop the CMS girls team from fighting its way to victory at home this time around. Continuing a winning streak, the seventh-grade team added their 12th win in a row this season, beating the Bruins after a rough first set. After losing 16-25, the Raiders fought hard in the second set. The game was tied at 10-10, but once it got the 11th point, Cleveland never lost the lead. Winning 25-18, it went on to win set three 15-9.
"We made a crucial lineup change in the second game that really helped us. We have a lot of work to do offensively, but we had six solid servers that totaled 18 aces and a 55 service points. This was a big win for the seventh grade for sure,” Coach Ownby commented.
Key junior varsity players include: Aly-Grace Lemons with three aces, six receptions, three digs, and four assists; Brooke McCurdy with four aces, five receptions, three digs, a kill, and two assists; Emma Flowers with three aces, four receptions, 12 digs, five kills, and two assists; Julia Ledford with three aces, seven receptions, five digs, two kills, and a block; Sophia Lakatosh with three aces, 12 receptions, four digs, and two kills.
The junior varsity has an overall record of 17-2.
After a tough loss at GPS earlier in the season, the sixth-grade team proved just how far it has come by fighting its way to victory in the third set. After taking the first set 25-21, GPS reciprocated the action with a 25-21 win in the second set. The deciding set would see each team taking the lead multiple times before Cleveland pulled ahead just enough to take the win, with a 15-13 victory.
Sixth grade coach Trish Flowers was proud of her team's efforts.
"This was a huge win for us tonight. It shows how much these girls have improved in our short season. This is a special group of girls, and I suspect they will show us big things in their future years playing together."
Key sixth-grade players include: Anna Renshaw with five receptions, two kills, and three assists; Audrey Morman with eight aces, a kill, and an assist; Lydia Martin with five aces, 15 receptions, and three digs; Madeline Dasher with five receptions, two digs, and a kill; Olivia Jabaley with three aces, nine receptions, two digs, and four assists; Sydni Geren with an ace, three digs, and five kills; Tanya Sharma with four receptions, three digs, and two kills.
The Lady Raiders will travel to Bledsoe tomorrow, weather permitting. Their last game of the season will be Friday at home against Lake Forest.