Boyd-Buchanan, Sale Creek Set For Rematch In Region 3-A

Volleyball Championship Match Tuesday At Silverdale

Monday, October 15, 2012 - by John Hunt

There will be a rematch from last year's Region 3-A volleyball tournament championship Tuesday afternoon at Silverdale Baptist Academy.

Defending region champ Sale Creek will face Boyd-Buchanan at 5 p.m. with the winner hosting a sectional match on Thursday and the winner taking a road trip.

Sale Creek won the District 6-A title last week and it looks like the Lady Panthers are ready for Tuesday's match after disposing of District 5-A runner-up Silverdale in three straight sets Monday evening.

The Lady Panthers improved to 32-14 with their 25-20, 25-15 and 26-24 victory over the Lady Seahawks.  Silverdale completes an outstanding season at 22-12.

Boyd-Buchanan won the District 5-A title last week and is looking to improve on last year's results that saw Sale Creek win by 3-2 in a match that went down to the final point.

The Lady Bucs appeared ready for Tuesday's match as well after disposing of 6-A runner-up Lookout Valley, also in three straight, by scores of 25-18, 25-7 and 25-7.

The Lady Bucs are now 28-13 while the Lady Yellow Jackets finish at 13-13.

Boyd-Buchanan led Lookout Valley from the opening serve and never trailed the entire match.

The Lady Bucs built an 11-5 lead in the first set before Lookout Valley battled back to knot the score at 13-13.  Boyd-Buchanan then scored seven of the next eight points to regain control and a kill from Jessica Kirk sealed the deal with the 25th point.

The Lady Bucs really dominated the second set, racing to a 6-0 lead before Lookout Valley scored and extending the difference to 11-2 before coach Pat Conard could call a timeout.

A block by Hayley McBee got the Lady Jackets to within 15-6, but Lindsey Yates unleashed eight straight service points as the Lady Bucs won going away.

The third set was much the same as the first two as Boyd-Buchanan's experience was simply too much for Lookout Valley.

"I hope we're saving our best performance for Tuesday, but everyone got to play and that's a bonus at this stage of the season," said Boyd-Buchanan coach Ashley Rose when the final point had been scored.

"We played well, but not great.  A win's a win and I'll take it.  We're where we want to be and still have a chance to play for a region championship tomorrow.  Qualifying for a sectional match was one of our big goals, but it would be nice to win tomorrow so we can play at home on Thursday.

"We're doing everything we can to avoid a trip to Friendship Christian," Rose added.

Mandi Jones was the leader for the Lady Bucs with a dozen kills while Katie Delay had 25 digs and Yates 18 assists.

Savannah Walker was the leader for Lookout Valley with five kills while Cotie San had six assists.

McBee finished the day with 15 digs, three kills, two blocks, one ace and a block.

Experience seemed to play a big role in Sale Creek's win over Silverdale.

There were times when the Lady Seahawks got within striking distance, but every time the score got close, the Lady Panthers would respond with a series of big plays to regain control.

A kill from Molly Kane got Silverdale within 22-20 in the first set, but Erin Hill answered with a kill of her own as Sale Creek scored the final three points for the victory.

Sale Creek then built a 9-4 lead in the second set before Silverdale called timeout.  The Lady Seahawks scored four straight points, including an ace by southpaw Caroline Couch to make it 9-8.

Hill responded with six kills in the final 10 points as Sale Creek started to feel good about the way things were going

While the Lady Panthers were giving hugs and high fives after substitutions and generally having a good time, the mood on the Silverdale bench was just the opposite with total silence and a bunch of expressionless faces.

The Lady Seahawks had not played very well up to that point, but they came back and played with lots of heart and soul in the third set.

A couple of hitting errors by Sale Creek allowed Silverdale to knot the score at 21-21 before a kill from Mackenzie Harris tied the score once again at 22-all.

An error by the Lady Panthers allowed the score to be tied for the final time at 24 before a couple of errors by the Lady Seahawks proved fatal at the end.

"I'm better now than I was," Sale Creek coach Debbie Hill said when the match ended.

"What a great team effort by my girls.  They were focused and ready to play when they got to school this morning.  Krissy Hodge had the best match of her life as she gave it all she had.  We have a lot of role players on this team and they're all stepping up and making a positive impact.

"We've had a tendency to play from behind in matches this year, but we knew we'd have trouble if we did that today.  We have a steady group who knows how to get the job done and the biggest key for us today was that we didn't lose our composure at the end.

"Tomorrow's match with Boyd-Buchanan should be a dandy," Hill added with a smile.

"I thought we played with a lot of heart, but we just came up short," said Silverdale coach Rhonda Hawkins.

"We reached our goal of making it to the region, but Sale Creek did an outstanding job.  They have more experience than we do and it showed," she added.

Hill led Sale Creek with 24 kills and 21 digs while Hodge was a force with 15 kills and eight digs.

Megan Storey, who Hill says "really goes after it and I don't think I've ever had one who played any harder," earned those comments after recording 36 assists while Brooke Welch finished with 16 digs.

Mackenzie Harris set the pace for Silverdale with 11 kills and nine digs while Kerri Whittaker had 18 digs and Katelyn Couch 14 assists.

REGION 3-AAA will be played at Ooltewah with the Lady Owls hosting the Bradley Bearettes in a match set to begin at 7.  Ooltewah beat the Bearettes for the District 5-AAA title at Bradley last week.

Ooltewah beat Coffey County by scores of 25-12, 25-2 and 26-24 while Bradley eliminated host Cookeville by scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 26-24.

RED BANK WILL host Region 3-AA with the Lionettes facing McMinn Central in the first semifinal at 4:30 and East Hamilton taking on Polk County around 6.  These two winners will play for the championship about 7:30.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN AND Notre Dame will be at Livingston Academy for the Region 4-AA tournament.  The Lady Eagles face Livingston Academy in the first semifinal with Notre Dame taking on Upperman afterward.  The two winners then meet for the championship.

LOOKOUT VALLEY STATS:

Savannah Walker -- 4 digs, 5 kills, 1 ace;

Katelyn Mitchell -- 6 digs;

Hannah Hallowell -- 3 digs, 2 kills, 1 ace;

Kirsten Hall -- 3 assists, 2 digs;

Hayley McBee -- 1 assist, 15 digs, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace;

Brianna Workman -- 10 digs, 2 kills;

Topaz Aranda -- 1 kill;

Cotie San -- 6 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs;

Taylor Sweeton -- 1 kill, 1 block, 1 assist.

BOYD-BUCHANAN STATS:

Mandi Jones -- 2 digs, 12 kills, 1 ace;

Jessica Kirk -- 11 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces;

Lauren Van Eaton -- 3 digs, 4 kills;

Kristen Reynolds -- 4 digs, 5 kills, 15 assists, 3 aces;

Sarah Emrey -- 2 digs, 1 kill, 2 aces;

Sarah Cupp -- 2 digs;

Lindsey Yates -- 2 digs, 18 assists;

Emily Ann Ray -- 1 kill;

Madison Howard -- 4 digs, 8 kills;

Madison Balthrop -- 1 dig, 3 kills;

Sydney Spencer -- 1 kill;

Katie Delay -- 25 digs, 3 aces.

SALE CREEK STATS:

Sam Wilkinson -- 2 kills, 1 block;

Erin Hill -- 24 kills, 21 digs, 1 assist, 2 aces, 1 block;

Bailey Pugh -- 1 ace;

Miranda Barnette -- 1 dig;

Krissy Hodge -- 15 kills, 8 digs;

Regan Garrett -- 1 kill, 8 digs, 2 aces;

Mikayla Crowder -- 2 blocks;

Megan Storey -- 1 kill, 5 digs, 36 assists, 2 aces;

Brooke Welch -- 16 digs, 2 assists, 1 ace.

SILVERDALE STATS:

Molly Kane -- 3 kills, 1 assist;

Katelyn Couch -- 14 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs;

Bryce Killingsworth -- 6 digs;

Hannah Mench -- 5 kills;

Kerri Whittaker -- 2 aces, 18 digs;

Mackenzie Harris -- 11 kills, 9 digs;

Caroline Couch -- 4 assists, 3 aces, 2 digs;

Lindsay Barlew -- 1 dig;

Elise Pearson -- 2 digs.

(email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

 



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