LaFayette up to No. 6 in state rank­ings

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The LaFayette Lady Ram­blers climbed to No. 6 in the lat­est Score At­lanta Class AAAA vol­ley­ball poll last week and went 3-1 in four matches.

On Tues­day, they took a pair of matches from visit­ing Pick­ens in south Walker County.

The first match, which counted in the Area 6-AAAA stand­ings, saw the Orange-andBlack post a 25-20, 25-13 vic­tory, while the sec­ond match - a non-area one - was claimed by LaFayette, 25-20 and 25-10.

Sopho­more hit­ters Jil­lian Mor­gan and Gra­cie Stier had the heav­i­est ham­mers for the Lady Ram­blers as each recorded 15 kills. Mor­gan added four blocks, while Stier recorded 16 digs. Katie Dixon picked up eight kills and 16 digs, while Emily Red­den had 37 as­sists to with seven digs.

Bai­ley Tarvin fin­ished with nine digs, fol­lowed by Ri­ley Smith and Blak­ley Lank­ford with eight each. Lank­ford also added four aces. Other con­trib­u­tors in­cluded Michaela Hobbs (3 digs), Darsey Shields (4 digs, 2 aces) and Elaina Kirk­endoll (1 kill, 1 block).

The Cal­houn Lady Jack­ets, who fell out of the Class AAA Top 10 poll this week, still showed why they are a solid club by beat the Lady Ram­blers, 27-25, 1325 and 25-22, Thurs­day night in Gor­don County.

LaFayette, how­ever, bounced back for a 25-13, 25-13 win over un­ranked Wood­land-Cartersville in the night­cap.

Mor­gan had 13 kills, seven aces and five blocks for the Lady Ram­blers, who are now 19-6 over­all on the sea­son. Stier had 11 digs and eight kills. Dixon fin­ished with six digs and four kills, while Red­den recorded 27 as­sists to go with three digs and two aces.

Other con­trib­u­tors for the Lady Ram­blers in­cluded Tarvin (13 digs, 7 aces, 3 kills), Lank­ford (5 digs, 3 aces), Kirk­endoll (4 kills) and Smith (2 digs). Shields had four digs and a kill against Wood­land, while Hobbs had five digs and nine aces against the Lady Wild­cats.

LaFayette (19-6) will join Model for a tri­match this Tues­day at Dade County. The Lady Ram­blers will play matches at 6 and 7 p.m. On Thurs­day, they will head to Chatsworth with Gilmer for a tri-match at North Mur­ray, start­ing at 5 p.m.

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