Rossview clenched first place in the district in four games at home Monday night against Dickson County.
The cherry on top of Rossview’s Senior Night, was it gaining a 15-0 district record and finishing 26-4 overall this season.
Rossview’s gym was packed with a group of zealous students that refer to themselves as “The Rowdies”. The Rowdies kept the Rossview gym in an uproar from the time Rossview took the court.
The Lady Hawks began the games with their four seniors on the floor. Regan Comperry started out the game with her jump serve but after Dickson returned the ball, Rossview had a lift called against them. This was the only time during the first game that Dickson had a lead over Rossview.
Rossview was in a race to the finish and reached the five-point mark off of an ace dished out by Mica Koontz. Rossview didn’t stop there and did an excellent job of communicating with one another and executed superb floor coverage. Michele Czak went back to the line to serve, and she produced an ace and then served once more before Dickson called a time out to attempt to correct their deficit of 6 points and stifle her service. She responded with a float serve that veered around the boundary line and landed untouched in Dickson territory for another ace. Rossview ran with opportunities presented to them by Dickson, and ended the first game 25-12.
The second game, Dickson was prepared to battle. The game went back and forth in points until Dickson finally took a lead, 10-8. Both teams learned the value of keeping serves. Dickson held on to their lead and sped to keep Rossview at a comfortable distance. Rossview executed a trick play, where Sydney Spoonamore approached from the middle piggied by Janie White who made a kill Dickson was not expecting. However, Dickson still kept the lead, 16-11.
The Lady Cougars’ Taylor Martin, pushed her team to 19 when she had a kill that landed untouched in Rossview territory. Dickson actually seemed to have the game in the bag when they were two points away from 25 and Rossview only had 18, but White saw an opportunity to take advantage of seeing the floor and smartly tipped over a Dickson double block, to start her team on their effort to close the gap. Rossview pushed back and got the score to 23-21, but a serve out by Cassie Finney put Dickson back in control.
Fortunately for the Hawks, White owned the net and put the ball away before she finally went to the line, being cheered on with a chant from her fans, “MVP”. The Hawks pulled through with great offense and defense and won the game, 26-24.
The third game was definitely not was Rossview had hoped for as they immediately led out three points. Dickson made their appearance on the board due to a lack of Rossview communication. Rossview held the lead until the 15-point mark when Dickson not only closed their three point gap, but continued on to lead, 18-16. Rossview, clearly not easily beaten scored when White went up for a kill and succeeded over a block, right down the line, and onto an unsuspecting Dickson player’s forehead but Rossview ceased to score after the 22-point mark and fell to Dickson, 25-22.
The fourth and final game was as intense as to be expected. Dickson battled but Rossview kept them behind in the scoring department and eventually pulled out the 25-20 game and match victory.