Silverdale, Boyd-Buchanan Advance In 5-A Volleyball

Soddy Daisy, Cleveland, Bradley Advance In 5-AAA Tournament

Monday, October 8, 2012 - by John Hunt
Boyd-Buchanan's Maddy Howard (15) hits a ball in the first match against CSAS while the Lady Patriots Grace Vanderwerf goes up for the block.
Boyd-Buchanan's Maddy Howard (15) hits a ball in the first match against CSAS while the Lady Patriots Grace Vanderwerf goes up for the block.
- photo by Greg Davick

It was "Put Up or Shut Up" time for volleyball teams in the District 5-A tournament at Silverdale Baptist Academy on Monday.

The winners advanced while the losers are finished for the season.

It's not a big surprise that Silverdale and Boyd-Buchanan both advanced to Tuesday afternoon's championship match as they had the top two seeds.

Grace swept past Copper Basin in the only quarterfinal match in three straight sets, but the Lady Golden Eagles weren't as fortunate in the semifinals as Silverdale prevailed for the third straight time.

Then in the second semifinal, Boyd-Buchanan advanced with a 3-1 victory over CSAS.

Grace eased past the Lady Cougars by scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-8 before facing Silverdale.  It just wasn't meant to be for the Lady Golden Eagles as the Lady Seahawks won by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-16.

Then in the final match of the day, the Lady Bucs beat CSAS, winning comfortably in the first two sets by scores of 25-5 and 25-19 before the Lady Patriots won the third by a 25-20 score.  Then in the fourth set, Boyd-Buchanan broke away from a 10-10 tie for the 25-14 victory.

Silverdale had beaten Grace twice by scores of 3-2 and 3-1 in the regular season, but Lady Seahawk coach Rhonda Hawkins remembered last year's district tournament when they had done the same against CSAS, winning twice in regular season before getting upset in the tournament.

Her girls were very much aware of the importance of Monday's seminfinal match.

"We knew just how important that match was after what happened last year.  We had talked about it earlier in the season, but very little was said in recent days.  It was just a matter of us settling down and playing our style of volleyball," Hawkins said after the Lady Seahawks had improved to 23-10.

"They knew what could happen as they have good memories, but I just told them I wanted them to come out and play their best volleyball today at 5.  That's what we did, although it took a little while for us to get started.

"We're glad that we've advanced to the region, but we have four seniors who want much more than that.  We also want to win on Tuesday so we can host the region," Hawkins added.

Mackenzie Harris led the heavy hitters for Silverdale with 10 kills while steady Kerri Whittaker finished with 23 digs.  Katelyn Couch proved her worth with 17 assists.

Alexandra Smith, who is just an eighth grader, was the leader for Grace with eight kills and 29 digs, in addition to two blocks and a couple of aces.

Erika Goodman finished with 59 digs while Christine Armao had 16 assists.

Grace ends its season at 9-16.

The Lady Bucs recorded the most lopsided victory of the day with their 25-5 decision in the first set, but the Lady Patriots kept getting stronger until they won the third set.

The Lady Patriots went on an 10-0 run, which included 10 straight service points from Grace Vanderwerf, as a 9-8 lead swelled to 19-8 before the Lady Bucs broke the string.  Momentum favored the Lady Patriots briefly, but the Lady Bucs regained control in the fourth set to advance after scoring 15 of the last 19 points.

"I couldn't be happier," said Boyd-Buchanan coach Ashley Rose after her team had advanced with their 26th victory in 39 matches.

"We knew it was a situation of either win or go home, so I felt like we came in pretty-well prepared.  We started getting blocked in that third set, which hurt our confidence a little bit, but we started hitting it in some different places and that was a key.

"We knew we had to win today.  We split with Silverdale, but they got the top seed on the tie-breaker.  Now our girls want to get some revenge against them.  That would really be nice, especially her in their gym," Rose nodded.

Maddy Howard was the leader for Boyd-Buchanan with 15 kills and a dozen digs while Katie Delay had 38 digs and Kristen Reynolds 23 assists.

Resnick Billen was the leader for CSAS with five kills and eight digs while Brittany Patmon had 10 assists and Vanderwerf seven blocks.

The Lady Patriots end their season at 10-6.

LOOKOUT VALLEY, Whitwell and South Pittsburg were winners in the District 6-A tournament at Sale Creek.

Lookout Valley defeated Richard Hardy 3-0 by scores of 25-8, 25-5 and 25-11 while Whitwell beat Van Buren County in three straight by scores of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-23.

Then in the final match of the day, South Pittsburg eliminated Marion County by 3-2 in a marathon match.  The Lady Pirates won the first match with ease by a 25-10 score before the Lady Warriors responded with two straight wins, 25-23 and 26-24.  Then the Lady Pirates regrouped to win the final two sets by scores of 25-15 and 15-13.

Tuesday's 6-A semifinals include top-seeded Sale Creek and South Pittsburg at 4:30  and Lookout Valley-Whitwell at 6.  These two winners will meet in the championship match around 7:30.

SODDY DAISY JOINED Cleveland and Bradley as first-day winners in the 5-AAA tournament at Bradley's Jim Smiddy Arena.

Cleveland had to play five sets before eliminating Walker Valley in Monday's first match by scores of 25-15, 28-30, 18-25, 25-22 and 15-6.

Soddy Daisy beat Rhea County in three sets, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 28-26 before Bradley defeated McMinn County, also in three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-17.

Tuesday's semifinals have top-seeded Ooltewah facing Cleveland at 5 before Soddy Daisy and Bradley meet at 6:30.  The 5-AAA championship match is set for Wednesday at 6.

SILVERDALE STATS:

Molly Kane -- 2 kills;

Katelyn Couch -- 2 aces, 17 assists, 3 digs;

Bryce Killingsworth -- 11 digs, 1 block, 3 kills, 1 ace;

Hannah Mench -- 7 kills, 1 block;

Kerri Whittaker -- 23 digs, 1 ace;

Mackenzie Harris -- 10 kills, 1 ace, 7 digs;

Caroline Couch -- 1 dig, 1 kill, 1 ace;

Lindsay Barlew -- 5 digs.

GRACE STATS:

Christine Armao -- 1 kill, 16 assists, 2 digs;

Erika Goodman -- 59 digs;

Emily Gill -- 5 kills, 2 aces, 23 digs;

Hannah Matthews -- 2 kills, 3 digs;

Krissy Aruca -- 12 digs;

Serena Turner -- 3 kills, 5 digs;

Alexandra Smith -- 8 kills, 2 aces, 29 digs, 2 blocks.

BOYD-BUCHANAN STATS:

Mandi Jones -- 13 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces;

Jessica Kirk -- 10 digs, 12 kills, 1 ace;

Emily Ann Ray -- 2 kills;

Maddy Howard -- 12 digs, 15 kills, 1.5 blocks, 1 ace;

Kristen Reynolds -- 8 digs, 9 kills, 23 assists, 7 aces;

Sarah Cupp -- 2 digs;

Lindsey Yates -- 8 digs, 18 assists;

Sydney Spencer -- 2 digs, 4 kills, 2 blocks;

Laura Van Eaton -- 2 kills;

Katie Delay -- 38 digs, 4 aces.

CSAS STATS:

Allie Emmett -- 1 ace, 3 kills, 5 digs, 1 block;

Brittany Patmon -- 1 ace, 10 assists, 2 digs, 1 block;

Brianna Taylor -- 1 ace, 1 kill, 5 digs;

Liana Rodrigues -- 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 block;

Grace Vanderwerf -- 4 aces, 2 kills, 7 blocks;

Resnick Billen -- 5 kills, 8 digs;

Asia Wiggins -- 1 dig, 5 blocks.

SODDY DAISY STATS:

Alex Schafer -- 2 aces, 15 digs, 11 kills;

Laura Jenkins -- 5 kills, 5 blocks;

Rachel Hargis -- 1 ace, 20 digs;

Haley Reynolds -- 8 kills, 1 block;

Hannah Robertson -- 1 ace, 23 digs;

Chloe Mitchell -- 4 aces, 9 digs, 26 assists, 2 kills, 1 block;

Lauren Smith -- 17 digs, 7 kills;

Karigan Fulghum -- 4 kills, 1 block;

Abby Walker -- 1 ace;

Mackenzie Landreth -- 3 digs.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

CSAS's Ashley Boles (3) hits the ball over the net while teammate Asia Wiggins (44)  waits to assist.
CSAS's Ashley Boles (3) hits the ball over the net while teammate Asia Wiggins (44) waits to assist.
- Photo2 by Greg Davick

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