The cool weather of fall is around the corner, but the UCMS volleyball teams are still keeping the fire going in the courts around northeast Tennessee, wrapping up a two game stint from last week.
A trip to Ross Robison was up first for coach Holly Perdues junior varsity and varsity squads, and it would be a learning experiece for the girls with the JV falling in two sets, 14-25 and 12-25 and varsity following suit dropping two by the scores of 14-25 and 8-25.
If there is such a thing, this was a good loss, Perdue explained after the game. I was not disappointed with my girls at all. Ross Robinson is a good team and great competition for us. My girls had some slumps but over all played their hearts out and did everything I had asked of them. It was the few mistakes we make and Robinson capitalizing on them that lost us that game. If we could have made less mistakes it would have been a lot closer game.
Ashley Edwards led the charge for the JV crew with 15 digs during their game, with Laura Rogers and Ashlie Padgett pacing the varsity with 16 digs apiece.
The girls would make their second trip of the week to Colonial Heights towards the end of the week, with the JV keeping the game competitive but falling by the scores of 20-25 and 12-25.
Cassi Foster led the girls with 10 digs during the night.
The varsity Devils would encounter a re-energized Colonial Heights team, losing in two sets.
I was disappointed in our performance against Colonial Heights, Perdue said. This was a team earlier in the season that we gave them a run for their money and then we come to their place and let them run all over us.
Both the girls led the varsity in digs, with Padgett coming up with 19 digs and Hensley close behind with 18 of her own.
Another busy week is in store for the ladies, as they host Church Hill at home on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and continue the home stint on Thursday, Sept. 22 against John Sevier.
The varsity will be in action on Saturday, Sept. 24 as they traveled to participate in a tournament hosted at Sullivan East High School.