Boyd-Buchanan Wins, Sale Creek Loses In Class A Sectionals

Lady Bucs Beat Jackson County For State Berth Next Week

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - by Special to the Chattanoogan.com

The news was good for one team in the Class A sectional volleyball round on Thursday night, but not quite as positive for the other.

The Boyd-Buchanan Lady Buccaneers, who have done an incredible rebuilding job after finishing second in the state last year, earned a return trip to Murfreesboro after a 3-1 victory over Jackson County.

The news wasn't quite as good from Madison as unbeaten Goodpasture breezed past Sale Creek in three straight sets.

Boyd-Buchanan won by scores of 27-25, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-20 while Sale Creek went down by scores of 25-3,.

25-1 and 25-15.

"Right now, we're playing teams that we don't know much about, so it took us a little while to make some adjustments," said Boyd-Buchanan coach Ashley Rose, now in her fifth year as the Lady Bucs coach.

"Overall, I'm definitely pleased with the outcome.  They were playing a rover defense, but we finally figured it out.  Asia Kirkman has another awesome match and Katie Delay served us out of a hole in the third and fourth sets.  Kristen Reynolds also picked it up as we finished strong.

"We had several goals at the start of the season and one is making it back to the state tournament.  We'll see what happens next week," Rose concluded, her team now headed to the Big Show with a record of 30-13..

Kirkman, the Region 3-A MVP, was indeed very good with 23 kills and 10 digs while DeLay had 68 digs along with seven aces.  And Reynolds, perhaps the most unsung hero of the group, finished with a triple-double, including 16 digs, 12 kills, 28 assists and two aces for a little icing on the cake.

Sale Creek coach Debbie Hill knew that her team was facing a David versus Goliath type of match with Goodpasture.  The good news is that nobody got hurt and that next week, the Lady Panthers are on fall break.

"We played hard, but we just didn't have anything for them up front," Hill said as her team was on the road back home late Thursday night.

"They just took us apart.  Somebody told me if they keep winning, they'll break Kirkman's record winning streak, but I haven't seen anybody this year who can beat them.  We had an outstanding season.  We had a nice trip and got a good meal, so what else can I say?" Hill concluded.

BOYD-BUCHANAN STATS:

Madison Balthrop -- 7 digs;

Lauren Van Eaton -- 9 kills;

Sarah Emrey -- 2 digs, 2 kills;

Katie DeLay -- 68 digs, 7 aces;

Asia Kirkman -- 10 digs, 23 kills;

Kristen Reynolds -- 16 digs, 12 kills, 28 assists, 2 aces;

Allie Ray -- 3 kills, 1 assist;

Sydney Spencer -- 3 kills, 1 assist, 3 aces;

Halie Williamson -- 4 digs, 21 assists, 2 aces;

Sarah Keller -- 5 digs.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


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