Warriorette volleyball drops District 6AAA opener

by | August 26, 2013 12:00 am

Working to bump the ball over. Four Warriorettes move to the ball in an effort to return it over the net in the district loss to Rhea County. In the picture above are Bella Taylor, Shelby Johnson, Haily Lamb and Brooke McCulley.

After opening the season with a 3-2 win over former district rival, Coffee County, the roles were reversed when the Warriorette volleyball team hosted Rhea County Thursday in their District 6AAA opener.
The Warriorettes were defeated by the visiting Lady Eagles in the first meeting between the two teams.
The first game of the match was a see saw affair, but the Warriorettes were able to hold off Rhea County for the 25-19 win. The game was tied at 18, but WCHS scored five straight to take the 23-18 advantage and then finished off for the win.
Things didn’t go so well for the Warriorettes in games two and three. WCHS opened game two with the 3-0 advantage, but Rhea County took control and went up 10-3. WCHS would never get closer than four the rest of the way and the Golden Eagles evened the match count at one game apiece with the 25-14 win.
Rhea County continued where they left off in game three and took the 2-1 lead with a 25-11 victory in the third game of the set.
White County trailed 12-8 in game four, but battled back and tied the game at 18 behind the serving of Brooke McCulley. A service ace gave WCHS the 19-18 lead and they went ahead to take the 21-18 advantage.
WCHS went to game point at 23-22 with a hit out of bounds by Rhea County, but Rhea pulled within a point. Alex Lewis was able to finish off the game with a kill for the 25-23 win and forced game five.
The Warriorettes went up 8-5 on a service ace by Sydney Holeman and appeared in control. However, court struggles allowed Rhea County to get back in the game and tied the contest at eight. The Golden Eagles went on a 7-0 run and led 12-8. WCHS would manage only one more point as Rhea County escaped with the 15-9 win in game five and the district match victory.
Serving hurt the Warriorettes as 13 missed serves took their toll on the outcome of the match.
Alex Lewis led WCHS with 10 kills followed by Brooke McCulley with eight and Bella Taylor with seven.
The Warriorettes hosted their annual tournament over the weekend. They went 2-3 in pool play with all the matches being decided in two games. They opened with a pair of losses to Livingston and Anderson County, but wrapped up Friday with a win over Central Magnet. They were defeated Saturday morning by Pope John Paul II and then wrapped up pool play with a win over Clarkrange. However, only the top two teams from each pool advanced to bracket play so the Warriorettes failed to advance.
The four teams that advanced were Anderson County, Pope John Paul II, Friendship Christian and Stone Memorial.
In the semifinals, Pope John Paul II defeated Stone Memorial and Friendship Christian, coached by WCHS grad, Randy Alley, advanced with a win over Anderson County.
Friendship Christian went on to win the championship with a hard fought win over Pope John Paul II. Friendship Christian has won the last two state championships in Class A volleyball.
The Warriorettes, who are 3-4 overall, return to action Tuesday when they travel to Cumberland County to take on the Lady Jets in another District 6AAA contest.

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