The Caldwell County volleyball team is on a tear, winning seven straight matches going into last Friday’s All A Classic semistate match-up at Ballard Memorial, punctuated with back-to-back shutouts this week.
Results of the All A match-up at Ballard Memorial were not available by press time.
The Lady Tigers (8-1 overall, 2-0 in District 7 play) gained the top seed in the District 7 tournament by blanking host Hopkins Co. Central (2-7, 0-2) 25-0, 25-9, 25-12.
The Lady Tigers launched 25 aces in the match. Junior defensive specialist Adison Sullenger fired up 11 aces, while sophomore setter Kyndra Winters added five, Mitchell had four, junior outside hitter Mary Tays had three and Griggs had two.
Senior middle blocker Abby Griggs had a match-high 14 kills, while senior outside hitter Olivia Mitchell had nine and junior right-side hitter Savannah Scott had six. Senior setter Kendyll Prowell had 31 assists in the match.
On defense, Mitchell and senior libero Riley Thomas had 12 digs each.
On Thursday, CCHS shut out visiting Fort Campbell 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 in a match where the Lady Tigers gave the Fort Campbell seniors their own Senior Night celebration at the Caldwell Activities Building.
Senior Lady Falcons were escorted by their coaches as their names were announced by CCHS head coach Daniel Cortner.
“Hats off to our ladies, who wanted to honor Fort Campbell’s seniors and give them a chance, not being able to have home games on post this year,” Cortner said. “That’s a class-act program over there. They’ve been phenomenal young ladies to play tonight and hang out with and eat supper.”
Again Caldwell County had a prolific night from the serving line, as they launched 20 aces in the match. Tays led the way with six aces, while Sullenger and Winters each had four and Griggs and Mitchell had three apiece.
On the floor, Mitchell pounded home 20 kills, while Griggs added 11. Prowell handed out 36 assists for CCHS.
On defense, Tays repelled a match-high nine digs, while Thomas had five and Griggs and Mitchell each had three.
“We’ve been working a lot on trying to change our tempo,” Cortner said. “I feel that, in the heat of battle, our tempo will be there. So, we went back tonight to make sure that we haven’t left behind our bread and butter, and that’s our power.
“We’ve got great power from Olivia Mitchell; we’ve got great speed and power from Abby Griggs. We can really keep a defense honest by not knowing which one of our power hitters we’re going to go to. When I turned them loose tonight, they excelled on the power shots.”
The District 7 volleyball tournament will be played at Hopkins Co. Central, with Madisonville-North Hopkins (8-2, 1-1) taking on the host Lady Storm at 6 p.m. Oct. 20. The winner of that match will face CCHS in the championship match at 6 p.m. Oct. 22.