Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – It was an important win for the Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneer volleyball team last Thursday evening when Rutledge posted a hard-fought 25-21 and 25-23 victory over the Lady Indians of West View. “West View really came to play,” said Lady Pioneer coach Beau Rich. “It took a gritty performance from our girls to get the victory.”
The first set was a back-and-forth affair, with the scored tied at 21-all, until Raelin Madon served the final four points of the set for the 25-21 Rutledge win.
In the second set, the Lady Pioneers trailed 23-20 before Sydnie Hayes stepped up, with five critical serving points, in the second set to clinch the match, 25-23. Abby Crowe had an all-around great performance with 11 serving points, eight assists, four aces and three digs. Sydnie Hayes led the team in assists with 10, and Audrey Stratton and Gracie Jarnagin combined for 14 kills to push the Lady Pioneer’s record to 11-1 on the season.
In the junior varsity match, the Lady Pioneers played hard but fell short against a very good, conference-leading West View junior varsity squad by the scores of 25-18 and 25-15. Brooklyn Copley led the Lady Pioneers, whose record is now 8-4, with seven serving points.
Rutledge at Meadowview
The Lady Pioneer volleyball teams traveled to Meadowview Monday, September 18 for a match against the Lady Vikings. In the varsity contest, the Lady Pioneers, behind an outstanding serving performance by Abby Crowe, posted a straight set 15-17 and 25-9 victory over the Lady Vikings. In the match, Crowe had 17 serving points, a season high in points for any Lady Pioneer server, to go along with her six aces and six assists. Audrey Stratton led the team in kills with seven, and Sydnie Hayes led the team in assists with 12.
In the junior varsity match, the Lady Pioneers also won in straight sets by the scores of 25-17 and 25-21. Khaitlynn Coffman led the team in serving with nine points, and Abby Reagan contributed eight serving points. Makayla Scott added nine kills.