Mountain Valley Volleyball League got off to a great start this month with teams across the Grundy, Marion, Bledsoe, and Franklin counties facing off in the opening games.
Palmer hosted preseason volleyball games February 6, against Bledsoe County Middle School and Coalmont Elementary School. Bledsoe defeated Palmer 25- 11, and 25- 23. Jeresha Meeks had 2 aces and 1 kill for Palmer, and Sidnee Scissom had 1 ace. In the Coalmont game, Palmer won 25- 14, and 25- 13. Sidnee Scissom had 4 aces, Mackenzie Reeves had 1 ace, and Delaney Anderson had 1 ace. Palmer’s JV lost to Bledsoe and won against Coalmont.
Former Grundy County High School coach Jessica Childers said “Both Swiss and Pelham have new coaches this year and the teams show great potential. It’s rewarding to see coaches and players so eager and enthusiastic about volleyball.”
Swiss defeated Palmer 25- 12 and 25-13. In Swiss game, Spencer Dishroon had 6 aces, Shala Anderson had 4 aces and 1 kill, Peyton Mainord had 3 aces, Jordan Dishroon had 3 aces, and Shayla Barks had 2 aces and an assist. For Palmer, Sidnee Scissom had 2 aces, Mackenzie Reeves had 1 ace and Maddy Kilgore had 1 Ace.
Swiss then defeated Pelham 25- 18 and 25-16. Jordan Dishroon had 9 aces and 1 dig, Peyton Mainord had 3 aces, Shayla Barks had 2 aces, and Jasmine Meeks had 1 ace and 1 dig.
For Pelham Kaylei Edwards had 4 aces, Madison Coulson had 2 aces, Erica Clay had 1 ace and Tiffany Hodos had 1 ace.
In the last match of the evening Pelham defeated Palmer in a match that went to the third set (tiebreaker in a best 2 out of 3 match) 25- 21 and 26- 28, and 15-10. For Pelham, Erica Clay had 4 aces, and Kaylei Edwards, Destiney Stevens, and Tiffany Hodos each had 1 ace. For Palmer Mackenzie Reeves had 5 aces, Sidnee Scissom had 4 aces, and Jeresha Meeks had 2 aces.
Pelham’s assistant coach Hillary Curtis is excited for the season and said that the girls showed “wonderful teamwork” tonight.
Palmer’s coach Seann Lewis said, “I am excited to see the amount of interest in volleyball at Palmer this year. Last year, we only had nine girls playing. This year we have 16 that have come out for the team. This is the largest team we have had in my years coaching at Palmer. I am excited to see the progression of our ladies.”
he North Lady Warriors hosted their first games on February 16, against the Coalmont Lady Rebels and the Jasper Lady Warriors. In the first game of the night, North defeated Jasper in 2 out of 3 games. The scores in the North/Jasper games where: Jasper 25 – North 23 in the first set, North 25 – Jasper 21 for the second set, and North 25 – Jasper 19. For the second game. Jasper defeated Coalmont 25-18 and 25-9. Jasper and Coalmont played a JV game with Jasper defeated Coalmont 25-16. In the last game of the night, North defeated Coalmont 25-9 and 25-21.
North’s coaches Jessica Slatton, Jessi Myers, and Cyndi Whitman would like to recognize Alexis Cannon and Jadan Campbell on their amazing serves and ball handling. Coalmont’s coach Erika Scissom, would like to recognize Jennifer Meeks on 5 aces. Jasper’s Coach Jennifer Cardin would like to recognize Kasia Price, Amber Reeves, and Emily Hooten for their outstanding serves.
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School opened their middle school volleyball season with a win over Jasper Middle School at home last Thursday. SAS won in straight sets 25-9 and 25-5. Morgan Phares led the offensive charge with 12 straight serves in the second set and Zoe Wallace anchored the defense with a number of quality digs. Both teams played hard in an exciting early season match.