Sand Rock takes two out of three matches on se­nior night

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Shan­non Fa­gan Sports Ed­i­tor SFa­[email protected]­kee­

SAND ROCK – Sand Rock vol­ley­ball coach Lisa Bates ad­mits she’s been a lit­tle moody with her team lately. That’s be­cause she knows the sea­son is wind­ing down quickly, and she wants the Lady Wild­cats to be on top of their game come post­sea­son.

On Oct. 11, Sand Rock took Bates on a bit of a roller coaster ride in a home quad match against Spring Gar­den, Crossville and Pied­mont. The Lady Wild­cats out­lasted Spring Gar­den 25-18, 17-25, 15-7, but then fell to Crossville 25-19, 25-17. Sand Rock fin­ished the evening on a high note, de­feat­ing Pied­mont 25-12 and 25-11 to im­prove to 33-9 on the sea­son.

“We had a lot of Xs in that Crossville match. That’s us mess­ing up, hav­ing un­forced er­rors, hit­ting in the net and hit­ting it out of bounds,” Bates said. “We re­cov­ered from that and were hit­ting it in bounds ver­sus Pied­mont, but we’ve got to get more con­sis­tent, where we’re not hurt­ing our­selves so much. We don’t do well when we have so many hit­ting er­rors. That has been our curse all year, hit­ting er­rors.”

Tues­day was also se­nior night for the Lady Wild­cats’ lone se­nior, set­ter Au­drey Richard­son. Richard­son col­lected 29 as­sists and five kills for the day.

“She is an amaz­ing young lady who rep­re­sents this school well,” Bates said. “She doesn’t care who gets the glory. She just gives it all she’s got all the time. She’s very much a com­plete team player. She’s very ded­i­cated and hus­tles all the time. I never have to tell her to hus­tle. We’re re­ally go­ing to miss that out of her be­cause you don’t get that out of ev­ery kid. She re­ally rep­re­sents us well.”

Sa­van­nah Blackwell led the Lady Wild­cats with 18 kills and three aces. Au­gust Gilliland added 16 kills and 24 digs. Haylie Pruitt con­trib­uted 15 kills, three aces and two blocks. Paige Nor­ris posted 42 digs. Erin Lan­g­ley had 26 as­sists, 21 digs and seven aces. Kyn­leigh Ch­es­nut and Made­lyn Cham­bers fin­ished with seven kills and four kills re­spec­tively.

“It’s time (to be play­ing our best),” Bates said. “I see some things we can fix, and we’ve got to fix them now. There’s not time to wait. We’re try­ing to fine-tune some things so we can try and do the best we can at the end.”

Af­ter its loss to Sand Rock, Spring Gar­den (12-31) re­bounded to de­feat Pied­mont 25-21, 25-15, but then fell to Crossville 25-16, 25-15.

In the loss to Sand Rock, Rachel Mor­ris posted 10 kills, 13 digs and three blocks. Macy Reedy posted nine digs. Kristin Tierce tal­lied seven digs and four as­sists. AJ Broome added six as­sists. Haleigh Molock fin­ished with three kills and five digs.

In the win against Pied­mont, Mor­ris man­aged 10 kills and 10 digs. Broome con­trib­uted seven as­sists and six aces. Tierce had seven as­sists and four digs. Brea Bai­ley came away with four kills and Reedy fin­ished with five aces.

In the loss to Crossville, Mor­ris came away with five kills, four digs and two blocks. Tierce added five digs and three aces. Ken­ley Gowens fin­ished with four digs.

Sand Rock sweeps Ragland, Ashville

ASHVILLE - The Sand Rock Lady Wild­cats swept a pair of vol­ley­ball matches at Ashville on Thurs­day.

Sand Rock de­feated Ragland 2523, 20-25, 15-12, then beat host Ashville 25-10, 18-25, 15-11 to im­prove to 35-9 on the sea­son.

Sa­van­nah Blackwell led the Lady Wild­cats with 20 kills, 22 digs and six aces. Au­gust Gilliland added 18 kills, 25 digs and three aces. Au­drey Richard­son col­lected 32 as­sists and five kills. Paige Nor­ris posted 43 digs. Erin Lan­g­ley had 28 as­sists and Haylie Pruitt fin­ished with 13 kills.

Shan­non Fa­gan / Chero­kee County Her­ald

Spring Gar­den’s Rachel Mor­ris, right, tries to pound a kill past the out­stretched arms of Sand Rock’s Haylie Pruitt dur­ing their match on Oct. 11.

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