Lady Canes sweep Cherokee 3-0
Morristown East’s Tia Dailey, left, delivers a kill against Cherokee during Thursday’s IMAC volleyball match at Cherokee High School in Rogersville.
ROGERSVILLE — Morristown East racked up a 3-0 victory over host Cherokee Thursday night to even its Inter Mountain Conference volleyball slate at 2-2.
It was the eighth victory over for coach Holly Drinnon’s Lady Hurricanes.
East won the opener 25-16 and then came from behind for a 25-20 win in game two. It was all Lady ‘Canes in the finale, as they won it 25-6.
Drinnon commented, “We made some changes and moved some things around and I thought the girls played well.
“We had some confusion here and there but that came from some of our changes,” she added. “I was happy with our movement because we did a better job. We’re just a work in progress.”
When asked about individuals, the coach said, “We’re trying to work this as a team. This was just a team effort.”
The first game was at 6-5 when Mackenzie King served five points in a row as East opened a 10-5 lead. Cherokee was within 11-7 when East scored five straight again and the Lady ‘Canes led by 20-14.
The Lady Chiefs scored four straight to pull within 20-14, but that was as close as they would come.
In the second game, Cherokee used a 7-2 run to grab a 12-9 lead and was still up by the same margin at 15-12. But Tia Dailey’s kill sparked a three-point spurt by the Lady Hurricanes and after the Lady Chiefs scored to go back up by one, Dailey had another kill and King served six straight points.
The home team fought back within 22-19, but East scored three of the game’s last four points to win it.
It was no contest in the final game. After Cherokee scored first, the Lady ‘Canes ran off a12-1 spurt as Madisson Westmoreland served six and Katie Hickey four. After the Lady Chiefs scored East had an 8-1 spurt and coasted to the win.
King led East with 15 service points while Tamia Fanney had 11. Dailey racked up 11 kills with Westmoreland adding six and Ellie-Kate Williams and Rebeca Anderson getting five each. Williams had 18 assists.
-By Derwin Helton, Tribune Sports Writer