(Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 edition)
The Rhea County High School Lady Eagle volleyball team continued its winning ways, as the group completed a four-day, winning streak, beginning with Soddy-Daisy on Monday, McMinn County on Tuesday, Walker Valley on Wednesday for senior night and Walker Valley again on Thursday.
In non-district action on Monday at Soddy-Daisy, the Lady Eagles won 2-0 (27-25, 25-18) in the best 2-out-of-3 series. Against McMinn County in Tuesday’s district fete, the Rhea group swept the Lady Cherokees 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-6) in the best of five series.
For Wednesday’s senior night against Walker Valley, the Lady Eagles celebrated their six seniors with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-12) sweep of the Lady Mustangs. The six Rhea volleyball seniors honored and celebrated prior to the game with coaches, teammates and family members were Annabella Toledo, Megan Stephens, Rose Morgan, Hanna Logsdon, Emma Gentry and Kylie Brady.
The Lady Eagles’ freshmen and junior varsity teams did their part as well to help celebrate senior night, as they also claimed 3-0 victories over Walker Valley in their respective matches prior to varsity action.
Lady Eagle head coach, Stephanie Poe, had the following to say about this year’s six senior players:
“Our seniors have lots of volleyball experience, which has helped us take big wins from teams like Sale Creek, Soddy, and Walker Valley. This was the first year that we were able to take Sale Creek in regular season play. Soddy took us out in the districts last year in a heartbreaking 5-set game. Walker Valley also beat us last year in a tight 5-set game. To be able to sweep those teams this season was a huge breakthrough. We have had our ups and downs like any team does, but I am very proud of how they are starting to pull together during the end part of the season and listen to the improvements by their coaches. I know they can make a run in the post season with the improvements that are being made. These seniors want to go far and are showing the leadership necessary to do so.
Our seniors were highly motivated to do well last night. I know they love volleyball because at the end of the game they were very emotional, and I think that motivated them to want to take this team as far we can go and push farther than we ever have. Walker Valley has always been a big rivalry so to take a clean sweep was very motivational for them. All our seniors played their roles well last night. Megan, Emma, Annabella, and Kylie had key kills for us. Rose and Emma’s setting was on point, and Hanna had some great digs. Hopefully, we can pull another sweep back-to-back tonight!”
Thursday’s match at Walker Valley wrapped up the regular season schedule, as the Lady Eagles outlasted the Lady Mustangs in five sets to get the key, district win. With the win, the Rhea group is now 8-4 in district play, as they finished third in the district, heading into next week’s district tournament. The Lady Eagles’ overall regular season record is now 10-5.
The Lady Eagles are scheduled to play McMinn County in the opening round of the District 5-AAA tournament on Monday, 7:30 p.m., at the host site of Walker Valley.