Baylor Advances To D-II State Volleyball Finals

Boyd-Buchanan, Red Bank, Ooltewah, Signal Mountain All Eliminated

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - by Special to the Chattanoogan.com

MURFREESBORO, TN -- The Baylor Lady Red Raiders are one match away from another state volleyball title.

Baylor beat St. Agnes in a tough, four-set match, but the Lady Raiders hung in there and prevailed by a 3-1 margin, winning by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-23.

These same two teams will play for the title after the Lady Stars beat Ensworth in the losers bracket final.

"I'm obviously very excited, but it was just a great match involving two very good teams and we were able to pull it out," said Baylor coach Sarah Lail before watching the losers bracket final between Ensworth and St.

Agnes.

"Every point mattered and there weren't many runs by either team, but we kept battling and it went our way at the end.  There's no easy road at this point, but my girls played with a lot of heart and desire and it was just a great team effort from everyone," Lail added.

Senior Rachel Ford set the pace for Baylor with 19 kills and 14 digs while freshman Gabby Gray was also instrumental with 17 kills and 10 digs.  She also had four blocks.

Haven Bethune finished with 39 assists and 14 digs while Lilly Turner contributed 20 digs and four aces.

Baylor is now 41-7 and will playing at MTSU's Murphy Center in the D-II Class AA championship match, which is set to begin at 1 p.m. Chattanooga time.

While the news was positive and upbeat for Baylor, it wasn't that way for other Chattanooga teams.

Signal Mountain stayed alive in the Class AA bracket with a 3-2 victory over Red Bank.  The Lady Eagles prevailed by scores of 26-28, 25-18, 17-25, 25-18 and 15-12. 

It was Red Bank that ended Signal Mountain's season last year in the sectional round while Signal Mountain returned the favor this year at the state.

Red Bank's season concludes at 23-26.

"We played a lot better today, but we just couldn't hang on at the end," said Red Bank coach Mandi Munn.

"We had a 12-7 lead in the fifth set and let Signal Mountain come back as we just couldn't close the deal.  But I'm really proud of these girls," Munn added.

The Lady Eagles played their hearts out in the emotional win over Red Bank, but they didn't appear to have any gas left in the take physically or emotionally as Hume Fogg won three straight sets by scrores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-23.

"We had a big win over Red Bank, but we didn't have much for Hume Fogg," said Signal Mountain coach Jennifer Redman.

"We had a lot of fight, but they were clearly the better team.  I like this group of girls a lot, but that last match was totally lopsided," the coach concluded.

Boyd-Buchanan and Ooltewah were also eliminated with the Lady Bucs falling 3-2 to Loretto and the Lady Owls losing 3-0 to Dobyns-Bennett.

The Lady Bucs won the first and third sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-10, but couldn't keep the Lady Mustangs from winning the second and fourth sets by scores of 26-24 and 25-20 before winning the decisive fifth by a 15-13 final.

Ooltewah came out on the short end of the 25-19, 25-20 and 26-24 defeat to the Lady Indians.

Voicemail and text messages were left for both Boyd-Buchanan coach Ashley Rose and Ooltewah coach Elaine Peigen, but neither were returned.

BAYLOR STATS VS. ST. AGNES

Greyson Ingle -- 4 kills;

Jane Wilson -- 1 kill, 8 blocks;

Haven Bethune -- 2 aces, 1 kill, 1.5 blocks, 39 assists, 14 digs;

Cassie Elrod -- 3 digs;

Lilly Turner -- 4 aces, 20 digs;

Sarah Sumida -- 2 digs;

Gabby Gray -- 2 aces, 17 kills, 4 blocks, 10 digs;

Lexy Hellerstedt -- 1/2 block, 3 digs;

Rachel Ford -- 1 ace, 19 kills, 14 digs.

OOLTEWAH STATS VS. DOBYNS-BENNETT:

Sloan Sullivan -- 8 kills, 15 digs, 1/2 block;

Josie Cain -- 12 digs;

Courtlyn Ison -- 8 kills, 5 blocks;

Alex Biro -- 7 kills, 1.5 blocks;

Summer Williams -- 11 digs, 3 aces;

Bethany Spange -- 6 digs, 2 kills;

Hanna Matthews -- 1 dig, 27 assists, 1 block;

Sidney Killingsworth -- 7 kills, 2 digs, 1 block;

Kailin Higgins -- 2 digs, 1 ace.

BOYD-BUCHANAN STATS VS. LORETTO:

Madison Balthrop -- 12 digs, 1 ace;

Lauren Van Eaton -- 7 digs, 5 kills, 3 aces;

Sarah Emrey -- 7 digs, 5 kills;

Katie Delay -- 47 digs, 1 kill, 1 assist, 4 aces;

Asia Kirkman -- 7 digs, 16 kills, 2 aces;

Kristen Reynolds -- 7 digs, 16 kills, 22 assists, 5 aces;

Sydney Spencer -- 5 digs, 10 kills, 2 aces;

Halie Williamson -- 6 digs, 24 assists, 2 aces;

Sarah Keller -- 7 digs.

RED BANK STATS VS. SIGNAL MOUNTAIN:

Abby Graham -- 10 kills, 11 digs, 18 assists, 2 aces;

Kiki Adkins -- 13 digs, 2 aces;

Autumn Babb -- 28 digs, 1 ace;

Caitlyn Jenkins -- 7 kills, 1 block;

Allison Walker -- 8 kills 10 digs;

Rachel Thornbury -- 10 digs, 14 assists, 2 aces;

Hannah Wilson -- 15 digs, 8 aces;

Dani Usher -- 6 kills, 6 blocks;

Jasmine Simpson -- 11 kills, 1 block;

Marjorie Smith -- 2 kills, 6 digs.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN STATS VS. RED BANK:

Aryn Sanders -- 19 digs;

Kennady Collick -- 7 kills, 5 digs;

Aubrie Johnson -- 6 kills;

Taelor Kellum -- 31 kills, 18 digs, 2 blocks;

Hallie Hunt -- 4 kills, 17 digs, 1 ace;

Amanda Thielges -- 21 digs, 42 assists;

Carolynn Thielges -- 1 kill, 10 digs, 9 assists, 2 aces;

Kira Carlton -- 8 digs.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN STATS VS. HUME FOGG:

Kennady Collick -- 3 digs;

Aubrie Johnson -- 1 kill;

Taelor Kellum -- 5 kills, 13 digs, 5 blocks, 2 aces;

Amanda Thielges -- 4 digs;

Carolynn Thielges -- 7 digs, 8 assists.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)



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