Christian Heritage School assistant coach Lisa Donahue said her volleyball team has been working on better passing to keep points alive for the opportunity to make a kill. Dalton High School coach Joey Wills could tell.
The Lady Lions used their rally skills to keep Dalton’s power game frustrated at the net and took a 25-16, 25-20 sweep over the host Lady Catamounts on Tuesday.
“If you can’t pass the ball, you can’t hit the winners,” Donahue said. “We have worked on keeping the ball in play and not forcing anything. Controlling the ball is one of our big things. We are getting better here and there, and it is getting better.”
Dalton was playing without middle hitter Hannah Cox, who rolled an ankle in practice on Monday.
“Life happens, and we adapted,” Wills said. “The first game we were a little taken back. Christian Heritage was very scrappy and a very disciplined team.”
The Lady Lions bolted out to a 5-0 lead in the opening game and rolled to the victory. The two teams traded points back and forth in the second game before Christian Heritage was able to break serve and reel off six straight winners for the match.
Jessica Seehorn led CHS (6-1) with 18 assists, three aces and four kills. Savannah Roberson and Molly Porter combined for 16 kills, and Brenna Mugge had eight digs. Dalton (1-2) was led by Katie Wilson’s 24 assists, while Ashleigh Peters had six kills and five digs.
• Northwest Whitfield swept visiting Calhoun 25-13, 25-17, and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 25-10, 25-21, to remain undefeated six matches into the season.
Mary Kate Allen had 19 kills, four blocks and an ace to lead the Lady Bruins, while Whitley Brooker had 20 assists, five aces and a pair of kills. McKinley Hopkins chipped in six kills, three blocks and an ace, while Lauren Smith served up four aces.
• Southeast Whitfield (1-3) split a pair of matches, beating Murray County 25-9, 25-15, and falling to host Sonoraville 25-18, 25-17.
Yasmeen Paloblanco had 15 digs and six aces, while Wendy Perez and Yolanda Melgarejo combined for 24 kills at the net. Setter Angi Purkey finished with 25 assists. Individual results for Murray County were not reported.
• North Murray and Armuchee battled in a best-of-five match in Chatsworth with the Lady Mountaineers taking a 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11 win.
Erin Robinson had three blocks and five kills, while Grace Phillips added five kills for North Murray (6-8).
• Northwest’s junior varsity team beat LFO 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, but was swept 25-23, 25-18 by Calhoun.
MaLane Kyer led the Lady Bruins (4-1) with 10 aces, while Holly Heath had five kills.
• Ringgold 14, Coahulla Creek 1: The Lady Colts (5-3, 1-1 Region 5-3A) had just four hits in the home loss, with Madeleine Kalafut’s pair of singles accounting for two. Emily Banks added a double.
Erin Harden took the loss in the circle, but the pitcher’s statistics were not available.
• North Murray’s game at Gordon Central was postponed due to wet field conditions. The game will be played at 5:55 p.m. today.