ALAMO — The Crockett County volleyball team didn’t get to ease into the District 13-AA schedule, but then again, with only four teams in the district, no one can ease into the schedule.
The Lady Cavaliers opened with a loss to perennial power Dyersburg, but they responded from that loss with a five-set win over Milan Thursday. The continued the district success with a three-set win over South Gibson at home on Tuesday — 25-15, 25-18, 25-11.
“South Gibson is a good team, but they have been dealing with injuries and trying to figure out who to play where,” Crockett County coach Bobby Rawson said. “I am proud of the way that we found our groove and stayed with it.”
The Lady Cavaliers’ attack kept South Gibson guessing as setter Brooke Burress set the ball to multiple hitters throughout each set, so the Lady Hornets were hone in one or two hitters.
“Our setter did a great job mixing up the attack tonight,” Rawson said.
Madelynn Crutchfield led the attack with nine kills, while Kelsey Robertson added six and MeLeah Rodgers had five.
“Our serve-receive is a whole lot better now than against Dyersburg,” Crutchfield said. “We were aggressive and played together.”
South Gibson has dealt with some major injuries over the last couple of weeks, but the Lady Hornets pushed Crockett County (18-7, 2-1) early in sets.
The Lady Cavaliers made sure that they peaked each set at the right time to close out each one in a strong way.
South Gibson was within one point in the first set (14-13), but four service points by Jonna Biggs and three by Cayley Williams secured the 10-point margin in the first set for Crockett County.
The Lady Hornets were within two points (18-16) in the second set, but two service points by Williams and Burress put the Lady Cavaliers up 2-0.
In the third set, Crockett County was up 15-10, but three service points by Biggs and five service points by Maggie Kail.
“Our adrenaline just got going late in the sets,” Crutchfield said. “When we play aggressive and use all of our hitters, we are a solid team.”
So with the first half of the district schedule over, the Lady Cavaliers are in second place behind Dyersburg.
“I would love to be undefeated right now, but we are in a good spot to be in,” Rawson said. “I feel like we have a lot of screws to be tightened. If we can pull the loose ends together, we are good enough to get excited and be excited about.”
Michael Odom, 425-9754