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SCHS volleyball wins two straight

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls' volleyball team improved to 2-2 on the season with wins over Anderson County and Henry County.

The girls topped Henry 2-1 Monday (21-15, 25-15, 27-25).

"It was a 'W,' but I was a bit disappointed with the level of play," SCHS head coach Felicia Pace said. "We had more attacking than Henry but couldn't find enough power to put it to the floor. Our passing had moments of complete breakdown, but we were able to hang in there enough to take the match."

Pace said consistency is all she's looking for from the girls.

"It's our goal this season to play at a high level, no matter what the competition looks like," she said. "(Monday) night showed signs of struggle with that. I am pleased that I was able to use the entire squad to contribute to the win. We were glad to win, but I hope to reach our goal each time we take the court."

Despite her team's shortcomings, Pace gave credit to Henry County.

"I give credit to Henry County for picking up where we fell short and capitalizing on it," she said. "They had a great serving night."

Anderson County

The girls dominated Anderson County in their first home match of the season last Thursday, winning 2-0 (25-12, 25-13).

The Lady Rockets also made that big win even bigger with a near pink-out.

The Lady Rockets were hosting a Volley for the Cure event to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. Nearly the entire gym came out dressed in pink and the two teams even played with a pink, black and white ball.

"It was a madhouse, so I think it was a great home opener," Pace said. "I am so proud of the entire volleyball squad. We managed to sweep Anderson, and the girls took advantage of the home crowd support that added to their level of play."

The Lady Rockets fed off of what had to be the largest crowd they've had in the last few years.

Pace said she was very impressed by the team's focus and their level of play.

"We showed that we're capable of playing at a very high level," she said.

Leanna Armstrong and Keyshia Patterson each had four blocks and Akia Jones added three. Defensively, freshman Caty Hawkins led the team in digs with seven, Jones had six and Christy Hatter added five.

"With the hitting developing and the consistent setting of Heather Luce, the girls are building an offensive arsenal," Pace said. "(Thursday) night was a step toward getting back into contention for the district title and competing in the region again."

The JV team also rallied for a win, topping Anderson in three games.

""Haley Broughton and Keira Lopez led them to the win with some very strong play," Pace said.

Fundraising with a rally

The Lady Rockets raised $230 for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation with their Rally for the Cure night last Thursday.

"It was great," Pace said. "We're hoping to add some late donations, too. I would like to thank the fans for their support to a night for a great cause and a great win."