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September 20, 2017

Lady Pioneer volleyball teams take two matches


Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

RUTLEDGE – Last Tuesday evening, the Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneer volleyball teams played non-conference matches at home against Rogersville City. Both the varsity and junior varsity teams posted victories in straight sets. The varsity won in dominant fashion with a 25-8 and 25-11 sweep of the visitors. Several of the players filled up the stat sheet in the match. Abby Crowe (eight serving points and nine assists), Audrey Stratton (five serving points and nine kills), Sydnie Hayes (six serving points and seven assists) and Davie Harbin (14 serving points and three aces) were the leaders for the Lady Pioneers.

In the junior varsity match, the Lady Pioneers posted straight-set victories by the scores of 25-16 and 25-21. Khaitlynn Coffman and Katy Roach had seven serving points, with Makayla Scott and Zoe Livesay each making four kills. Brooklyn Copley lead the JV squad with four aces.

Rutledge at White Pine

Last Thursday evening the Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneers traveled to White Pine Middle School to take on the Lady Cyclones in a Middle-8 Conference match. In the junior varsity contest, Rutledge won in straight sets by the scores of 25-20 and 25-18. Brooklyn Copley had an outstanding night in which she registered 13 serving points. Abby Reagan had eight serving points to go with her three assists. In addition, Lydia Foster led the team in assists with seven, and Zoe Livesay led in kills with six. The junior varsity squad completed the first half of the conference schedule in third place with a conference record of 5-2, one game behind the co-leaders East Ridge and West View.

The varsity got off to a slow start and was trailing in the first set by a score of 12-4. Finally the team started playing Lady Pioneer volleyball and fought back to barely lose the first set 25-23. Rutledge then rallied to win sets two and three by the scores of 25-19 and 25-11. Alyson Noe (nine serving points) and Davie Harbin (seven serving points and three aces) led the Lady Pioneers, who got 12 assists from Abby Crowe and Sydnie Hayes added eight assists. In addition, Audrey Stratton and Gracie Jarnagin combined for 20 kills. The varsity, with a conference record of 6-1, goes into the second half of the conference alone in second place behind undefeated East Ridge.

The Lady Pioneers will see action Thursday with a home match against Lincoln Middle School.

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