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October 18, 2017

Lady Pioneer Gracie Jarnagin battles with an East Ridge Middle School player Monday night in Rutledge. RMS fell to the Lady Bears in a hard-fought game.

Photo by Elmer Smith

Lady Pioneer varsity volleyball playing hard


Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

RUTLEDGE – The Rutledge Middle School volleyball teams opened their home schedule against the Lady Vikings of Meadowview Tuesday, August 22. In the varsity match, the Lady Pioneers made quick work of the Lady Vikings with a dominating performance. Rutledge took the match by winning in straight sets by the identical scores of 25-9. The Lady Pioneers were led by the foursome of Sydnie Hayes (11 serving points, nine aces and four assists), Raelin Madon (11 serving points and five aces), Abby Crowe (seven serving points, five aces and two assists) and Audrey Stratton, who had a team high of five kills. The Lady Pioneers’ 22 aces were a season high.

In the junior varsity match, the Lady Pioneers and the Lady Vikings played a back-and-forth affair as Rutledge dropped the first set 22-25 before coming back to take the second set 25-21. In the tie-breaking third set, the Lady Pioneers dominated as Rutledge jumped out to an 11-0 lead before coasting to a 15-4 victory. Abby Reagan had a exceptional performance with 16 serving points, nine aces and three assists. During the all important tiebreaker, Reagan had a streak of 10-straight serving points. In addition, Zoe Livesay had five serving points and four kills, with Khaitlynn Coffman adding five serving points and Julyanna England registering four aces.

MORRISTOWN – It was back on the road for the Lady Pioneer volleyball team, who traveled to West View where they scored their fourth-straight victory of the season with scores of 25-17 and 25-18 over the Lady Indians. “I’m really pleased with how hard the girls played,” said coach Beau Rich. “Their intensity was really high from the opening serve to the last point of the match.” Several of the players had tremendous all-around games.

Audrey Stratton had eight kills, six serving points and three aces. Sydnie Hayes had nine assists, seven serving points and two aces. Abby Crowe had eight assists, six serving points and three aces, while Gracie Jarnagin had six kills.

In the junior varsity game, the Lady Pioneers lost their first match of the season. Rutledge was blitzed in the first set as the team fell behind 11-2 before dropping the set 25-13. The second set was more competitive as the Lady Pioneers dropped a 25-20 decision. Abby Reagan and Brooklyn Copley combined for 11 serving points and five aces in the loss.

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