The Dayton City School (DCS) Lady Sweatbee volleyball team wrapped up its season at the Southeast Tennessee Athletic Conference (SETAC) tournament at Lake Forest Middle School on Wednesday, Mar. 4 tied for fifth place in the conference.
The Lady Sweatbees started the day with a 2-0 win over McMinn East (25-17, 25-17) in the first round match.
Highlights from the match included Kacee Hampton 10-of-11 on serves with six aces, while Lexi Stephens was 5-of-7 on serves and had four aces. Kennedy Caudill was 3-of-4 on serves, while Serena Tallent was 3-of-3 on serves, with two aces.
Kara Wilkey was 7-of-7 on serves, with one ace, while Charlotte Brock was 9-of-11 serving, with three aces. Jamiah Rigby was 2-of-2 on serves, as Chelsea Reel also had two aces in the game. Stephens, Tallent, Wilkey and Hayden Hennessey all had 100 percent serve receive.
Next up, the Lady Sweatbees met and fell 2-0 to eventual conference champion, Cleveland Middle, in the quarterfinal round (10-25, 9-25).
Caudill was 4-of-4 serving, with one ace, as Bailee Smith was 2- of-2 on serves. Tallent was 1-of-1 serving, while Wilkey was 3-of-4 on serves, with one ace. Reel was 1-of-1 on serve and Brock was 4-of-4 on serves, with one ace. Hampton and Brock had one kill apiece.
Lady Sweatbee head coach, Kristin Pierce, praised her team’s efforts in the SETAC tourney, as well as the season.
“We had a good season, and I’m proud of the effort our girls put forth,” said Pierce. “We had some hard fought matches, new teams in our conference, as well as weather and sickness that didn’t allow us to play as many games as we would have liked, but we worked hard, and I hope our girls continue to grow in the off season.”
In previous regular season action on Tuesday, March 3, the Lady Sweatbees’ sixth grade and junior varsity teams suffered 2-0 setbacks to Lake Forest Middle.
Highlights from the DCS sixth grade match included, Neylee Thurman going 14-of-15 on serves, with four aces, while Kirra Garmany was 9-of-12 on serves, with five aces. Hannah Watson was 3-of-4 on serves and Brylee Pelfrey was 3-of-4 on serves.
Paisley Wilson was 10-of-12 on serves, with four aces, as Sophia Gates went 4-of-5 on serves, with one ace. Tinsley Walker was 4-of-5 on serves, with one ace, while Bella Pereira was 3-of-4 on serves, with one ace, and Savannah Skiles was 1-of-1 on serves. Skiles, Walker and Charlee Burnette had 100 percent serve receive, and Hailey Palmer had one tip.
In another regular season match, the Lady Sweatbees faced McMinn East on Monday, March 2, as the junior varsity and varsity captured wins. The JV team won 2-1, while the varsity claimed a 2-0 victory.
For the DCS JV, Pereira was 25-of-28 on serves, with seven aces, as Wilson was 19-of-23 on serves, with six aces. Walker was 8-of-10 on serves, with two aces, while Palmer went 7-of-10 on serves. Sophia Gates was 9-of-9 on serves, with one ace. Walker had two kills and one tip, and Palmer had one kill and one tip.
The DCS varsity highlights included Caudill going 17-of-17 on serves, with eight aces, while Stephens went 6-of-6 on serves, with one ace. Tallent was 5-of-5 on serves, with two aces, as Hampton went 5-of-6 on serves. Wilkey was 4-of-5 on serves, with one ace, and Reel went 3-of-4 on serves, with two aces. Jamiah Rigby was 2-of-2 on serves, with one ace, as Hennessey went 2-of-2 on serves.
Brock had three kills and two tips, while Bailee Smith had one kill and two tips. Reel had one kill and one tip, while Caudill and Hampton had one tip apiece.
See action photos from Wednesday’s SETAC tournament on page B3, and go to The Herald-News’ Facebook page for more photos.