For the second time this season, West Ridge handed Morristown East a 3-0 volleyball setback with this one coming at Isenburg-Siler Gymnasium Monday night.
The Wolves racked up their 24th win against seven losses by capturing wins of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23 over the Lady Hurricanes.
It was just the third loss of the season for East, which has 13 victories. The Lady ‘Canes are right back in action today taking on host Anderson County and Farragut.
West Ridge is not your ordinary first-year program. The school is a combination of students from the old Sullivan South, Sullivan Central and Sullivan North high schools. All three of those had strong volleyball programs and the Wolves have 10 seniors on their roster. Three of those were all-conference selections last season.
East coach Holly Drinnon said, “Our issue tonight was communication. That and our serve receive wasn’t very good. We didn’t pass the ball well off the receive. Those things are what really hurt us.
“That was a good volleyball team we lost to,” she added. “They have a lot of experience and they are very strong fundamentally. They do a good job.
“I thought Lilabeth (Jordan) had a really good game tonight. She got a lot of balls up for us and her serve was good. To be as young as she is (only a freshman), she does a really good job back there.
East managed to lead only one time in the loss with that coming when the Lady ‘Canes scored three straight points to grab a 12-10 lead in the opening set.
The teams traded kills before the Wolves ran off five straight points as Olivia DeLung flipped the ball back over the net for one and the others came on errors or violations by East.
Laken Burnside scored on a block for the Lady Hurricanes to make it 16-14 before Gracie Olinger sandwiched kills around a kill by Casey Wampler for a 19-15 lead. East rallied within 22-19 on a kill by Reagan Forester but Rachel Miller and Rylee Haynie put down kills for the visitors.
East battled back within 24-22 but Miller’s kill ended the set.
The Lady ‘Canes were never in the second set as the Wolves scored the first two points on kills by Haynie, stretched the margin to 5-1 and eventually 8-2.
East rallied to get within 10-7 on a Forester kill but Miller blasted a pair of kills, DeLung scored on a block and Haynie had a dink and it was 14-7. After Forester killed another one for East, the winners scored four more and it was 18-8.
Kiersten Bell had two kills and Forester added another as East fought back within 19-14 but West Ridge responded with a 4-1 run to take control again.
Drinnon scored twice on flip shots and two hitting errors by the Wolves got East within 23-19 before DeLung had a kill. After another point by Drinnon, Miller ended it with a kill.
West Ridge opened the third game with four straight points, two coming on kills by Haynie. However, East stayed in it and pulled back to 7-5 on back-to-back kills by Bell. It was 8-6 when Parker Fischer nailed a kill and Elle Snodgrass served an ace to put the margin back at four.
East railed 15-10 but rallied to tie the set at 17-17 on a Forester kill. It was then tied at 18, 19 and 20 before Delung scored on another flip and Wampler put down a kill before East was called for a lift.
Hailey Hall had a kill for the Lady ‘Canes and Jordan served an ace and it was a one-point game. After a kill sailed long to put the Wolves at match point, Bell had a kill for East.
However, Wampler ended the match with a final kill for the Wolves.
Bell and Forester had 10 kills each to lead East offensively. Drinnon added seven kills, handed out 22 assists, 2 aces and 14 digs. Jordan also had 14 digs and a couple of aces. Forester and Bell added 11 and 10 digs respectively.
Haynie topped the Wolves attack with a dozen kills while Delung had a nine and Miller and Wampler eight apiece.
Delung had 25 assists and Marleigh Pendleton 13. Allie Jordan had 28 digs and Snodgrass added 13. Haynie also recorded four blocks.