Ooltewah Volleyball Off To 4-0 Start

Lady Owls Defeat Soddy-Daisy In District 5-AAA

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - by Jaime Barrett

By the end of the fourth day of the regular season, the Ooltewah volleyball team had already recorded its fourth victory.

And although the Lady Owls know they have a tough road ahead of them, they can’t help but be pleased with their strong start to a long season.

Especially after starting off district play with a 3-1 victory over 5-AAA rival Soddy-Daisy at home Thursday evening.



“In this district, every night is a tough night,” Ooltewah coach Elaine Peigen said. “You just have to be ready to play. I was pleased with our play tonight, with the exception of some costly unforced errors in the second game. But you have to give Soddy-Daisy credit. They’re a great team and they took advantage.”

Ooltewah opened with a 25-20 win in game one after holding off a late Lady Trojans rally. In game two, the teams traded leads until Soddy-Daisy  scored the final six points to turn a 20-19 deficit into a 25-20 victory.

With the match tied at one win apiece, Ooltewah’s Courtlyn Ison opened game three with five kills in her team’s 8-3 opening run, and continued her strong hitting on the way to a 25-19 victory. Ison, who finished with a match-high 20 kills, recorded three in a row early in game four to help the Lady Owls build a lead.

They extended it with a 5-0 run midway through the game, and closed out a 25-14 victory by scoring the final five points of the match.

Ison finished with five blocks to go with her 20 kills, many of which came off assists from sophomore Hanna Matthews, who totaled 27 assists, four kills and five blocks. Josie Cainn led the defense with 16 digs, while freshman Sidney Killingsworth contributed six kills and Bethany Spange finished with 11 digs, three kills, two blocks and two aces.

“Courtlyn had some big hits and blocks, and Sidney stepped in and played well tonight,” Peigen said. “I thought Josie did a nice job adjusting to their hitters, and Hanna is doing a great job running our offense and using all the options.”

The loss dropped Soddy-Daisy to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the district after losing a tough match to Walker Valley earlier in the week. Coach Lorri Johnson said she has already seen her young team grow up a lot this week, and expects that growth to continue as the Lady Trojans battle their way through a tough district schedule.
 
“There’s not a weak team in this district,” Johnson said. “At the end, only two are going on to the region, so it’s a fight all year long to see who those two teams are going to be. Last year we needed a tiebreaker to decide who would finish first in the regular season, so everything counts. It’s just a fight from beginning to end.”

(E-mail Jaime Barrett at jaimenbarrett@gmail.com)

Ooltewah stats:

Josie Cainn -- 16 digs, 2 aces

Summer Williams -- 6 digs, 1 ace

Bethany Spange --11 digs, 3 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks

Hanna Matthews -- 4 kills, 27 assists, 5 blocks

Alex Biro -- 3 kills, 4 digs, 1 ace, 1 assist, 4 blocks

Courtlyn Ison -- 20 kills, 3 digs, 5 blocks

Sidney Killingsworth -- 6 kills, 2 blocks

Allie Jones -- 5 kills, 1 assist, 1 block

Sloan Sullivan -- 2 digs

Soddy-Daisy stats:

Lauren Smith -- 9 kills, 1 block

Haley Reynolds -- 7 kills, 5 blocks

Chloe Mitchell -- 7 kills, 27 assists

Abby Walker -- 4 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces

Karigan Fulghum -- 3 kills, 2 aces


Tarah Garner Is In 1st Season As Boyd Buchanan Tennis Coach

A champion has returned home.   Tarah Garner, a two-time TSSAA state tennis singles champion for Boyd-Buchanan (2008-09), is now in her first year as the Bucs’ boys and girls tennis coach.   Holding a degree in broadcasting from Lee University where she played four years of tennis, Garner uses a hands-on approach to coaching as the four-time defending region ... (click for more)

Lady Vols Drop Elite Eight Game, 58-48

SPOKANE, Wash. -- In a physical and defensive contest, top-seeded Maryland ended Tennessee's season with a 58-48 win on Monday night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in the Elite Eight. The Lady Vols closed the year with a record of 30-6. Maryland (34-2) advances to its fifth Final Four (1982, 1989, 2006 and 2014 with its lone NCAA title coming in its third trip). The ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

City Detective Who Was Arrested Twice In 4 Months Is Fired After Internal Affairs Investigation

A city detective who was arrested twice in four months has been fired by Police Chief Fred Fletcher. David Catchings had been charged with DUI last September and then with domestic assault at the end of the year. Police said, "After a complete review of both investigations – which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and Officer ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)