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HALLS—The Anderson County Lady Mavericks won the District 3-AAA volleyball championship on Wednesday, beating Oak Ridge 3-1. Both teams advance to the Region 2-AAA tournament that starts Tuesday at Anderson County High School.
The Lady Wildcats, who finished as District 3-AAA runner-up, won their semifinal games 3-1 over Halls earlier Wednesday, while the Lady Mavericks swept Gibbs 3-0.
Anderson County’s one loss to Oak Ridge in the final round on Wednesday was the first district loss for the Lady Mavericks this season. They won the first two games 25-18 and 25-8, but then lost the third one 26-28.
The girls fell into a lull in the third game, but erased that from their minds and started over in the fourth match, Lady Mavericks Coach Jayme Smith said. They won the fourth game 25-11. Winning teams had to win three of the five potential games.
“They are really good, and they play well together,” Oak Ridge Coach Carmen Foster said of Anderson County. But, she added, “We’re not out of this, and I can’t wait for Tuesday.”
She said the Lady Wildcats had a lack of ball control on Wednesday.
“Anderson County just had much better ball control than we did,” Foster said.
Still, Oak Ridge never let down, she said. They fought back in the third game, had better ball control, and talked to each other, Foster said.
The Lady Wildcats beat Halls in the first two games of their semifinal round 25-9 and 25-23. They lost the third one 20-25 and won the fourth 25-18.
“Halls is a scrappy team,” Foster said. “I knew we were going to have a tough time.”
The regional tournament starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at ACHS with semifinals. The Lady Mavericks will play the District 4-AAA runner-up, and Oak Ridge will take on the 4-AAA champion. Finals are scheduled for 8 p.m.
Smith said Anderson County had a goal this season to become district champions, and the young team came together.
Alex Sherles (25) of Oak Ridge had 14 kills, 10 digs, 2 service aces, and 8 assists for the Lady Wildcats.
Emily Lawless (9) had 14 assists, 9 digs, and 2 service aces. Emma Milloway (13) had 9 kills, 4 digs, and 2 service aces, and Reagan Dickens (6) had 16 digs and 2 assists.
Sherles, Milloway, and Dickens were named to the all-district tournament team.
Maddy Taylor of Anderson County (7) was named the most valuable player of the tournament, which started Tuesday, October 6. Taylor had 4 aces, 10 points, and 16 kills for the Lady Mavericks.
Smith was named coach of the year.
From Anderson County, the all-tournament team included:
- Colebee Sumner (32), who had 5 aces, 15 points, and 7 kills;
- Taylor Payne (24), who had 6 aces, 10 points, and 8 kills; and
- Emilee Sturgill (20) and Brooke Carter (1).
Here are team rosters for identifying players who might be pictured below:
- Oak Ridge—Beth Wyatt (3), Reagan Dickens (6), Emily Lawless (9), Emma Milloway (13), Carolyn Pelfrey (14), Stella Powell (16), Mandy Pitz (21), Alex Sherles (25), Mollie Turner (26), Piper Halcrow (27), J-J VanBooream (28), and Olivia Milloway (29); and
- Anderson County—Brooke Carter (1), Jasmine Cochrane (4), Maddy Taylor (7), Alisha Phillips (9), Madison Gossett (11), Emilee Sturgill (20), Mollie Wilson (23), Taylor Payne (24), Emilee Fall (25), Hannah Headrick (30), Colebee Sumner (32), and Emily Sparks (45).
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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