Volleyball takes senior night win over Jackson County
Posted By Sparta Live | October 12, 2009 12:00 am
Celebrating senior night was not a small-scale event for the White County High School volleyball team.
Prior to Thursday’s night game against Jackson County, WCHS honored the senior members of the squad – all 10 of them. Ten girls suited up for their last home volleyball game and went out on the winning side defeating the visitors 2-1 (22-25, 25-17 and 25-16). The game was cut down to two best out of three due to obligations for several parties from both teams.
The Warriorettes got off to a strong start in game one leading 14-7, but saw Jackson County battle back and steal the game one win, 25-22.
Early in that game, the Warriorettes controlled the contest jumping out to an 11-3 lead on a kill by Tasha Delaney. They held on to that seven point lead when the score was 14-7, but then the Blue Devils made their comeback. The Warriorettes led 17-12 on a combined block by Jessica Wilson and Andrea McDowell. JCHS, however, scored eight straight points to overtake the Warriorettes and take a 20-17 advantage. WCHS did get to within a point a couple of times later in the game. First it was an ace by Wilson that made the score 20-19. Then a kill by Delaney pulled them back to within one, 21-20, and she would later keep it at one point with a smart play over the JCHS blockers. The Blue Devils, however, finished off the game to take the 25-22 win.
With the support of a cheering section led by several Warrior football players, the Warriorettes made up ground in game two. Jackson County did score the first two points of the second game, but a kill by Wilson got WCHS on the board.
Jackson County held an 8-4 lead when the Warriorettes began to mount their comeback. Kills by Wilson and Mary Swearengin got WCHS to within one point two different times, but each time JCHS answered. Finally, the Warriorettes tied the score on back-to-back kills by Delaney, who led WCHS in the match with 12. A hit out of bounds made the advantage two points, 16-14.
The Warriorettes, behind strong play at the net by Wilson and Delaney and the serving of Duke and Delaney, scored nine out of the last 12 points scored in the game to take the win and even the match at one game each.
Early in game three, the teams played even. A roof by Delaney and an ace by Lauren Bouldin put WCHS up 6-5. The Warriorettes would never trail again. WCHS stretched their lead out to six, 12-6, on a kill by McDowell. JCHS would battle back and get to within two several times, the last time begin 16-14. The Warriorettes powered past from there recording six kills and a pair of aces to secure the 25-16 win in the third game and take the 2-1 match victory.
In addition to the 12 kills of Delaney, Wilson and Duke added six each.
That wraps the Warriorette regular season up with an overall mark of 23-13. Next up, District 6AAA tournament play at Coffee County. The number two-seeded WCHS team takes on #3 seed, Warren County, at 6:30 p.m. A win in that match puts the Warriorettes in the finals and guarantees them a trip to the region. The championship game is slated for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.