Sand Rock takes two out of three matches on senior night
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.
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.