Morristown West sweeps Grainger

Morristown West wasted no time putting behind their loss to Morristown East Monday night, sweeping Grainger in a doubleheader on Tuesday evening 25-20, 25-21 and 25-22, 25-15.

It was the final match of the season for the Lady Trojans, who get set to take on Cherokee Monday at home in the first round of the district tournament. West won both matches against Cherokee during the regular season.

“They played really well tonight,” Morristown West coach Daniel Webb said. “They moved around the court really well, they covered well and got a lot balls up. Nothing really hit the floor tonight and that is big when you’re playing a team that hits well. We hit the ball well and served well. We did everything well tonight.”

The Lady Trojans were led in the match by Makayla Coffey, who six kills and two aces in the first match and nine kills and five aces in the second match. Lila Lewis had nine kills combined in both matches while Nina Lovelace led the team with 17 digs throughout both matches. Olivia Koenig had 31 assists.

Coming off a match against East where the Lady Trojans started slow, that was no issue against Grainger as they broke out to a quick lead in both matches. West also communicated well, leading to less balls dropping.

“We had a couple points where we weren’t talking and last night we let a lot of balls fall, so it’s a big deal,” Webb said. “Volleyball is all about talking to each other and playing as a group and they did a really good job of that tonight.”

In the first match, West broke out to an early 5-1 lead, thanks in large part to back-to-back aces. The Lady Trojans served well throughout both matches with 15 aces.

However, Grainger came back, as they did in each set during the night, tying the score multiple times with the latest coming out 15. But using their communication, West totaled six of the next seven points to take a 21-16 lead. Despite Grainger closing in again, the Lady Trojans served the set out, winning 25-20.

In set two, with the score tied at seve, Morristown West jumped all over Grainger, scoring six straight points to go up 13-7. While Graigner tried to fight, the Lady Trojans up their lead to 19-11 before serving the match out at 25-21.

The second match was more of the same as Grainger continued to remain close but could never get over the hump. With the score tied at 14 in set one, Morristown West broke off the next next three points and that lead was good enough to hold for the rest of the set as West took it 25-22, with the final point coming on an ace from Coffey.

Then, in the second set, West used a run of 10 straight points to go up 20-9. The Lady ‘Grizz never recovered as West finished off the doubleheader with another sweep.

The doubleheader was huge for West, who have not played a full schedule due to COVID, as they prepare to make a run in the district tournament.

“We’ve got our first match on Monday against Cherokee, so this was really good that will allow us to come off a good win and get us ready for that tournament game,” Webb said.