Volleyball suffers 6AAA loss to Stone Memorial

By | September 8, 2013 12:00 am

Action at the net. Bella Taylor prepares to send the ball back over the net at the Stone Memorial defense. The Warriorette volleyball team has a very busy week ahead with three matches and a tournament over the weekend.

One of District 6AAA’s top contenders, Stone Memorial, visited Roy Sewell Gymnasium Thursday and swept the WCHS volleyball team in three straight games.
Stone came into the contest sporting the best record in 6AAA after having defeated perennial league favorite, Cookeville. The Warriorettes played them close for two of the three games, but the Lady Panthers pulled away in the third game to sweep the match.
Stone Memorial jumped to a 3-0 lead in game one, but the Warriorettes battled back and knotted the score at four on an ace by Alex Lewis, which was one of her three on the day. WCHS would take the 6-5 lead on an ace by Kelsey Roberts, but that would be their only lead of game one. The score would be tied again at 16, by Stone went on a 9-2 run to close out the first game with the 25-18 win.
Game two was even closer. WCHS actually led for a great deal of the game, which included jumping out to a 4-0 early advantage. A kill by Brooke McCulley pushed the lead to 6-1. The Warriorettes would lead 10-4 but Stone put together a run and knotted the score at 11.
The Lady Panthers took their first lead of the game at 14-13, but a kill by Sydney Holeman, back to back aces by Lewis and a kill by McCulley helped stretch the WCHS lead to 18-14.
Stone would go back up by one (19-18), but a smart play at the net by Bella Taylor along with back to back aces by Holeman pushed the Warriorettes out to a 22-19 advantage.
WCHS went up 23-20, but the Lady Panthers scored the final five points of the game to steal the 25-23 win and went up 2-0 in the match.
Stone Memorial took control of game three early on pushing out to the 4-0 lead. The Warriorettes pulled back to within a pair, but could get no closer. The Lady Panthers pulled away and finished with the 25-15 win in game three and swept the match.
Bella Taylor and Brooke McCulley led the Warriorettes with four kills each. Alex Lewis had six blocks. Holeman had four aces and three kills. Shelby Johnson recorded four digs.
The loss dropped the Warriorettes to 5-6 overall on the season and puts them at 2-2 in 6AAA play. They return to action Monday when they step outside of 6AAA action to host Coffee County. On Tuesday, they travel to Cookeville for a 6AAA match that wraps up the first half of the league slate. They begin the second half of the district Thursday with a trip to Rhea County and will then play in a tournament on Saturday at Carter High School.

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