CHS varsity volleyball squad breaks losing streak at BCHS
In the game at BCHS last week, CHS Lady Ironmen spiker Addie Eaker (#22) watches as teammate Megan Smith (#31) takes the serve and prepares to set up the shot for her team.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
Lady Ironmen head volleyball coach Leigh Kiser had good news about her CHS varsity ladies – they got their first win of the season.
Kiser said her ladies continued to work hard, and it has finally paid off with this first win of the 2019 season.
Said Kiser, “You could see us progressively getting better each week and I am proud of the effort and the willingness to work hard of these ladies.”
That said, Kiser noted the week started off with a home match at Nixon Gym against the Burns Lady Bulldogs. Last week, Coach Kiser said the ladies were “beaten handily”, but in the rematch they “fought hard and played together” before falling 3-0, by scores of 25-16, 27-25, and 25-18.
“Raven Childers led the defense with nine digs and Terayha Bess led the offense with eight kills,” Kiser said, adding that her team hung tough with a really good Lady Bulldogs squad.
Last Wednesday, Aug. 28, saw the teams travel to Chase High School for a mid-week match.
Kiser said in their most complete game of the season, the Lady Ironmen lost a hard-fought five set match 3-2, at the hands of the Lady Trojans.
Match scores were as follows: 25-20 (Chase), 26-24 (Chase), 25-22 (CHS), 25-22 (CHS), and 15-7 (Chase). Coach Kiser noted sophomores Terayha Bess and Addie Eaker led the offense with 10 kills each; kills that were set up by freshman Rileigh Kiser’s 23 assists.
“Seniors Raven Childers and Brooke Henley showed great leadership as the ladies came up just short,” said Kiser, adding that her team “grew up a little as a group in the hard-fought affair.”
On Thursday, Aug. 29, the CHS Lady Ironmen broke their season losing streak at rival Bessemer City, 3-1, by scores of 25-23 (CHS), 26-24 (CHS), 25-23 (BCHS), and 25-7 (CHS).
Kiser said her stat leaders on defense were Addie Eaker and Raven Childers with seven digs, and Brooke Henley with five digs. On offense, Bess’s nine kills and Rileigh Kiser’s seven aces, 16 assists, and 11 digs helped propel the ladies to their first victory. Coach Kiser said at the game, “We hope this win will be the first of many victories this season.”
In Junior Varsity spiker action the JV Lady Ironmen lost a hard-fought match at Burns 2-0. Kiser noted Raven Hampton’s three serve aces, and Katie Eaker’s three kills led the way in this one.
At Chase the CHS JV ladies lost 2-0, for the second time last week and were led again by Katie Eaker’s three aces and three kills.
Thursday’s JV action saw them lose again 2-0, at rival Bessemer City. Jessica Martin had the high stats in this one with four serve aces.
The ironmen were at home Tuesday, at Nixon Gym, against conference foe, the Lady Rams of Highland Tech, and will host rival West Lincoln’s Lady Rebels on Wednesday, Sept. 4, before traveling to Lincoln Charter to face the Lady Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The overall wins record for the varsity ladies is 1-5; and 1-0 in SPC 1A play. The JV ladies’ overall record is 0-6; with a record of 0-1 in SPC1A play.
(Additional information and stats by Brian Kiser)