(Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 edition)

The Rhea County High School (RCHS) Lady Eagle volleyball team hosted the District 6-AAA tournament this past Monday and Tuesday in the RCHS gymnasium.

The Lady Eagles faced, battled, rallied and fought to the end, but fell 3-2 to the Soddy-Daisy High School Lady Trojans in their opening match, as the teams went to five sets (25-27, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-17).

After falling behind 2-0 in set count, the Lady Eagles, led by seniors, Brooklyn Conley, Hallie DeArman and Bri Parks, refused to give up, as they battled to back-to-back 25-21 wins in the third and fourth set to push the fifth set.

In the first three sets, the largest lead for either team was four points, but in the fourth set, the Lady Eagles led by as much as 10 points before securing the 25-21 win.

The Lady Eagles carried their momentum into the fifth and final set, and jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but the Lady Trojans clawed and fought their way back and took a 15-14 lead, their first of the game, before finalizing the 17-15 victory. The loss concluded the Lady Eagles’ season.

Before Monday’s action got underway, All-District awards were passed out to the players. Rhea’s Megan Stephens, DeArman and Conley were name to the All-District 6-AAA Second Team, while Parks and Emma Gentry were named to the All-District 6-AAA First Team.