Photo by Robert Turner
Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – The Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneers varsity volleyball squad earned two conference victories in Middle-8 action last week. The Lady Pioneer junior varsity team split two matches.
In their first game, played Monday, September 11, the Lady Pioneers varsity squad took on the Lady Hornets of Maury Middle School. For the second time this year, Maury battled the Lady Pioneers in three games as the match went into the tiebreaker. Rutledge won the first set behind the great serving from Abby Crowe and Audrey Stratton. Maury then battled back to take the second set. In the nail-biting third set, the Lady Pioneers trailed 9-7 before four-straight serving points by Sydnie Hayes gave Rutledge an 11-9 lead. After the Lady Hornets racked up three-straight points for a 12-11 lead, Davie Harbin finished up the set with four serving points for a 15-13 victory in the set and another victory.
Leading the Lady Pioneers to the victory were Crowe with 10 serving points, 10 assists and four aces and Stratton with 11 serving points, eight kills and seven aces.
In addition, the Lady Pioneers received 13 assists and five serving points from Sydnie Hayes.
In the junior varsity match, the Lady Pioneers lost in three sets by the score of 19-25, 25-17 and 4-15 in spite of a brilliant serving performance by Brooklyn Copley, who had 16 serving points, nine aces and no serving errors. The remainder of the team combined for 14 serving points, 10 serving errors and three aces.
Lincoln at Rutledge
Both the Lady Pioneer varsity and junior varsity teams posted wins over the Lady Patriots from Lincoln Middle School, Thursday, September 14. The varsity, with 13 serving points, 10 assists and seven aces from Sydnie Hayes and seven serving points, three aces and 10 assists from Abby Crowe, posted straight set wins of 25-11 and 25-22 to post the victory. In addition, Audrey Stratton and Gracie Jarnagin combined for 15 kills. The victory pushed the varsity’s record to 9-1.
In the junior varsity match, the Lady Pioneers won in straight sets by the score of 25-18 and 25-20. Khaitlynn Coffman led the team in serving points with eight while Makayla Scott led the team in kills with eight and Abby Reagan added four assists. Caitlyn Dalton racked up five serving points and served out both sets for the Lady Pioneers. The victory upped the junior varsity record to 6-3.
The Lady Pioneers will host the Lady Indians from West View Thursday, September 21.