The Cleveland Lady Raiders bounced back from a toiugh five set loss to Knoxville Catholic Monday night with a district doubleheader sweep of Rhea County inside Raider Arena Tuesday.
Cleveland (32-4, 7-0 District 5-3A) easily controlled the night against the Lady Golden Eagles winning the first match by scores of 25-13, 25-9 and 25-15.
The Lady Raiders followed up in the second match with 25-17, 25-10 and 25-12 wins.
“It was better.
We talked (on the court) a lot more tonight, but we still have a lot of stuff to work on, and it's not necessarily volleyball skills,” said a pleased, but subdued Lady Raiders head coach Amy McGowan.
Lauren Hurst opened the first set of the nightcap with a pair of kills while Audra Capps added another kill and Taylor Michaelis sent an ace over to help Cleveland to an early 5-2 lead. Three kills by Cunny Brock kept the Lady Raiders out front by one, 12-11, after a Rhea County run tied the score at 11-all. Back-to-back shots by Addison Hurst helped Cleveland take command with a seven point run that opened an 18-13 Lady Raiders' advantage. Hurst picked up three more kills, including the final point, and Kinslee McGowan added a spike as Cleveland locked up the first set.
Aces by Gracelyn Jackson and McGowan along with Lauren Hurst and McGowan kills helped the Lady Raiders race to an 11-1 lead in the second set. Jackson and Addison Hurst added three more shots to the floor and an ace by Addison Hurst put Cleveland on top 19-5. The Lady Raiders closed out the set scoring the final four points to seal the win beginning with a Kyah Miller kill.
The kills kept coming from Brock, the Hurst sisters and Brock in the final set of the night as the trio pushed Cleveland to a 14-6 lead helped along by a pair of Jackson aces. McGowan sent two more aces across the nylons in a 7-1 run that gave the Lady Raiders a 21-9 lead. Minutes later, Lexi Gash fired an ace across and Addison Hurst finished off the twinbill win for Cleveland with three finishing kills to close out the 25-12 set win.
“It's hard when you are better than somebody to stay focused whole, entire time. But, that's what we're working on, being focused,” said the coach.
The Lady Raiders host McMinn County and Howard Thursday before traveling to Nolansville for weekend tournament action.
“We play Nolansville, Hillsboro and Summitt. That's going to be a good weekend test for us,” said McGowan.