Don’t let the scores from Thursday night’s match at Holy Innocents’ fool you, Christian Heritage volleyball community coach Lisa Donahue said.
Her team ended its season with one of its best showings.
The Lady Lions lost 25-13, 25-8, 25-9 in the first round of the Class A state playoffs as their season ended in Atlanta.
“I am really proud, especially with tonight,” Donahue said. “We played really well. The score doesn’t tell it. We did things tonight that we haven’t done all season. We got touches on blocks that we never got. We’d get good defense but the other team would come back with more offense and get the kill.”
The Lady Lions (19-10) entered the 24-team state tournament as Area 4’s fourth seed, while the Lady Golden Bears won the Area 5 title to advance to state.
Jessica Seehorn finished with 12 assists for Christian Heritage, Savannah Roberson added eight kills and Brenna Mugge tallied 13 digs.
Seehorn and Roberson join Drew Tipton as the three seniors who won’t return for the Lady Lions next season.
“All three are starters and that will be a big loss for us,” Donahue said. “We have a young team and with us making it to state, they want to get back.”
• Coahulla Creek, Dalton and Northwest Whitfield all had boys and girls teams compete in the Front Runner Championships at Baylor School in Chattanooga.
In the 31-team boys field, Coahulla Creek finished third with 161 points and trailed two Chattanooga schools, McCallie (19) and Baylor (80). Rounding out the top five were Ooltewah (190) and Northwest (211), while Dalton (246) finished eighth.
Walt Douglas finished ninth in 16 minutes, 53 seconds on the 5K (3.1-mile) course for Coahulla Creek, which also received scoring finishes from Sadoth Fraire (17th, 17:13), Timothy Hooper (33rd, 17:49), Missael Fraire (40th, 18:03) and Oscar Andres (63rd, 18:25).
“We’ve all been improving this year,” Sadoth Fraire said. “All of us got our personal bests this year at this race.”
Henson Gibbs finished 15th in 17:05 for Northwest, which also received scoring finishes from Lane Bramblett (23rd, 17:32), Kyle Roberts (47th, 18:12), Dylan Richards (62nd, 18:23) and Luke Stevens (66th, 18:28).
Brandon Pineda finished 27th in 17:39 for Dalton, while Jay Tripp (52nd, 18:14), Jose Boyzo (54th, 18:16), Eduardo Loredo (55th, 18:17) and Sergio Aguirre (59th, 18:19) also contributed to the team’s score.
“It says a lot for (all of) Whitfield County to get third, fifth and eighth against some of the best schools in the Chattanooga area,” Northwest coach Tom Sell said.
In the 17-team girls field, Northwest was the best finisher among the local trio of schools, taking seventh with 246 points. Signal Mountain won with 42 points, followed by Heritage-Catoosa (62), Baylor (84), Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School (101), Chattanooga home schoolers (146) and Tennessee’s Cumberland County (155). Dalton (267) finished eighth, while Coahulla Creek (308) was 10th.
Nancy Paz finished 39th in 21 minutes, 57 seconds for Northwest, which also received scoring finishes from Jen Riviera (44th, 22:10), Caroline Duffy (58th, 22:47), Ashley Sweeney (68th, 23:09) and Samantha Wooten (73rd, 23:30).
Morgan King finished 46th in 22:28 for Coahulla Creek, while Rachel Cherry (48th, 22:32), Bethany Goodwin (89th, 24:07), Evelyn Botello (98th, 24:34) and Ationza Smith (100th, 24:40) also scored.
Ashley Parham finished 50th in 22:35 for Dalton, while Beronica Hernandez (53rd, 22:36), Monica Vega (62nd, 22:49), Bitia Paz (71st, 23:14) and Liz Cloud (74th, 23:31) also scored.