After opening night win, WCHS volleyball season ends in semis
by Sparta Live | October 10, 2013 12:00 am
The White County High School volleyball team knew going into the District 6AAA tournament, they had a tough path to get to the championship game.
Their fourth place regular season finish left them in the same bracket with tournament favorite and regular season champion, Stone Memorial. The Warriorettes won their opening round match over Cumberland County in three straight games, but fell to the Lady Panthers 3-1 in the semifinals bringing the 2013 season to an end.
WCHS did not back down to the regular season champs in Tuesday’s semifinal game at Cumberland County High School. In fact, the Warriorettes put everyone on upset alert opening the semifinals with a 25-22 win in game one and took the 1-0 lead in the match. However, that loss seemed to fire up the Lady Panthers, who won the next three games (25-11, 25-19 25-8) advancing on to the district championship game and securing a spot in the region tournament.
In the semifinals, Alex Lewis led the Warriorettes with nine kills, seven blocks and one ace. Haily Lamb added five kills and seven blocks.
In the quarterfinals, WCHS was matched up against fifth place finisher, Cumberland County. The Warriorettes had swept the two regular season meetings, but both matches went to five games to decide the winner. That would not be needed this time around.
After falling behind 5-0 in game one, WCHS roared back and took control of the match. They began the comeback and finally tied the score at 12. They took the 13-12 lead on a kill by Kelsey Roberts and would never trail again in game one on the way to the 25-13 win.
Lewis controlled game two early on with two kills and a pair of aces giving WCHS the early 4-1 lead. Cumberland County would lead three times in game two (5-4, 7-6 and 8-7). After falling behind, 8-1, the Warriorettes finished off the game with a 17-2 run for the 25-10 win and took the 2-0 lead in the match.
Cumberland County led 4-1 in game three, but a pair of kills by Lewis and an ace by Lamb helped WCHS battle back and take the 5-4 lead. The Lady Jets briefly retook the lead at 6-5, but the front line of the Warriorettes dominated the rest of the way for the 25-19 win.
Lewis led the way with 13 kills, six blocks and three aces. Brooke McCulley added four kills. Kelsey Roberts chipped in with two kills and two blocks.
The loss ended the Warriorette season with a record of 12- 17. WCHS graduates five seniors off the team. They are Kelsey Roberts, Brooke McCulley, Rachel Kinser, Haily Lamb and Sydney Holeman, who missed the last half of the season with an injury.
WCHS coach, Kirsty Young commented on the season, “It has been a season of ups and downs. I’m very proud of my girls though. It’s always bittersweet seeing another group of girls move on and graduate. I’m so happy to have been a part of their lives and so proud of the young women they have become.”