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)

 


Atlanta Braves Place Four Players On MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects List

ATLANTA -- After spending the past few months making a concerted effort to strengthen their future, the Braves can take pride in the fact that their recently maligned Minor League system now is now regarded as one of baseball's best. Jose Peraza, Michael Foltynewicz, Christian Bethancourt and Lucas Sims stand as the four Braves included in MLB.com's latest Top 100 Prospects ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Finishes Fourth In A-AA After Loss To Alcoa

FRANKLIN -- Notre Dame's wrestling team came to the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center ready to fight Saturday morning and it took all of 32 minutes to eliminate Martin Luther King by a lopsided 70-12 final score. It took just a little bit longer in the second round, but the Fighting Irish prevailed in that one as well with a 47-27 win over Greeneville, setting ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

1 Dies In House Fire In Rhea County

Rhea County Fire Department officials said one person died in an early-morning house fire on Saturday. The call came at about 6:30 a.m. The brick residence is on Fisher Road. S tate arson investigators were on their way. (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What About The Ashes?

I attended my fifth funeral in the month of January the other day and, while I wish a lot of my friends would hang around a little longer, I was amused by the conversation in the pew before the service began. The question was “ … then what do you do with the ashes?” More and more people are being cremated and asking their loved ones to scatter their ashes -- more properly called ... (click for more)