Hixson Beats Silverdale For Second Volleyball Win

Lawson, Tipton, Burba Lead Lady Wildcats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - by John Hunt

There's something about that second set that gives the Hixson Lady Wildcats trouble.

Hixson lost the second set in Monday's volleyball opener against Sale Creek.  They did the same thing against the Silverdale Seahawks on Tuesday, but just like Monday's match, the Lady Wildcats came out on top, 3-1.

Hixson won the first set with ease, 25-11.  Silverdale evened the  score with a 25-13 victory in the second set before the Lady Wildcats got the edge with a 25-18 win in the third.  Then in the fourth set when neither team seemed able to take command, Hixson took advantage of Lady Seahawk errors late for the decisive 25-23 win that clinched the match.

"I wasn't impressed or happy with the way we played in that second set, but I'm pleased with the way we hung in there," said Hixson coach Janet Tate.

"I thought we played in spurts.  We have several good hitters, but just didn't hit smart today.  We just want to compete and we have a world of potential, but we still have a lot of work to do," she added.

Tuesday's match was the first for new Silverdale coach Nathan Daugherty.  He certainly wasn't happy with the outcome, but he was happy with the way his girls battled and he was quick to praise the improvement they've made since the start of practice some three weeks ago.

"We lost our second setter and had to replace her with a younger girl, but we fought really hard today and I'm proud of that.  Even though we were behind, we never quit.  And I can't talk enough about how much we've improved since the start," he added.

Paige Lawson was simply too much for the Lady Seahawks up front.  She finished the match with 16 kills and 22 digs while getting credit for four blocks and one ace.  More often than not, the Lady Wildcats took advantage of her superior skill when they needed to score an important point or to stop a Silverdale run.

Abby Tipton had 18 digs while Bailey Burba had 22 assists.  Haleigh Raber did her thing from the back line as she had seven aces, including the winning point in the third set when Hixson started to take control.

Emma Dale and Jordan Cooper both had seven kills for Silverdale while Caroline Couch added 16 assists and 10 digs.

Silverdale is now 0-1 and will return to action on Thursday when they go on the road to face CGLA.  Both teams will be participating in the Hixson Invitational on Saturday.

SILVERDALE STATS:

Caroline Couch -- 10 digs, 16 assists

Lindsay Barlew -- 13 digs

Emma Dale -- 7 kills, 3 blocks

Jordan Cooper -- 7 kills

Molly Rumfelt -- 3 aces, 4 kills

Elise Pearson -- 4 kills, 2 aces

Kayleigh Page -- 4 digs, 3 blocks, 6 kills.

HIXSON STATS:

Abby Tipton -- 5 kills, 18 digs

Paige Lawson -- 1 ace, 16 kills, 4 blocks, 22 digs

Bailey Burba -- 1 ace, 2 kills, 4 digs, 22 assists

Haleigh Raber -- 7 aces, 13 digs

Tay Tay Staten -- 5 kills, 1 block, 13 digs

Madison Jett -- 3 kills, 1 block

Courtney Jones -- 5 aces, 5 kills, 14 digs.

(email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@Comcast.net)


Lewis Wins Choo-Choo Invitational

Taylor Lewis won Choo-Choo Invitational on Wednesday at the Council Fire Golf Club. The 30-year-old Lewis, a member at Council Fire, finished the tournament at 15-under 201 (67-66-68) for a two-shot margin over a field of college golfers. Lewis called it the biggest tournament he has ever won. University of Kentucky player Tyler McDaniel finished second at 203. Neil ... (click for more)

Lookouts Rally But Fall To Wahoos In 10 Innings, 10-9

The Chattanooga Lookouts battled back from a four-run deficit, but could not hold on and ended up falling in extra-innings to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos  by a score of 10-9.   Over the first three innings Pensacola tallied four runs on seven hits. Already in a four-run hole the Lookouts got on the board in the fourth inning when Stuart Turner scored on a Levi Michael ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death At College Hill Courts; 2nd Person Hurt; Suspect In Custody

A woman was stabbed to death at College Hill Courts on Wednesday night. At approximately 10:27 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 1400 Cypress Street Court for a stabbing. O fficers located a female suffering from a life-threatening stab wound. T he victim was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital where she later succumbed ... (click for more)

Cohutta Bank On Highway 58 Robbed

For the second day in a row, a Chattanooga bank was robbed by a white male. Chattanooga Police responded to Cohutta Bank in the 5600 block of Highway 153 on the report of a robbery on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, who was reported to be unarmed, used a note to demand cash from the teller. No one was injured during this robbery.  The suspect left in a ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Palmer, You’re Toast

America is absolutely furious! By 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon there were 36,000 people who had petitioned the White House to extradite Walter Palmer, who is today the most despised man in all of North America. On the Yelp.com website, that promotes his dentistry business in Eden Prairie, Minn, over 6,000 had posted violent, vulgar and vicious notes and, for the record, 60 of them ... (click for more)