The Lady Raiders travelled to Tullahoma on Sept. 2 coming off of a five win streak. The Red Raiders carried this momentum into the matchup as the team scored early and often thanks to the efforts of Kiya Ferrel, Maddie Husted, and Lauren Brandt. The trio had point differentials of 32, 28, and 27 respectively and were a constant thorn in the Wildcats’ side. Ferrel was especially effective around the net as she scored off of eight spikes during the match.
The Red Raiders cruised into a first set victory with a 25 to 16 win against the Wildcats. The second set didn’t fare much better for the Wildcats as the team continued to be badgered by the Red Raiders net play. The Red Raiders defense was also on full display during the matchup as defensive standout Sydney Shipley continued her efficient play in the back court. Shipley had eight dig attempts and only had one error during the entire match, on more than one occasion Shipley was able to field serves that seemed destined to earn Tullahoma a point. With the combination of this backcourt defense and the continued net play by the Red Raiders, the team was able to notch another set win in the contest.
The third set was characterized by Lauren Brandt who earned nine aces during the play period. The rest of Brandt’s team kept up the pressure they had exhibited throughout the match prior and this pressure appeared to have drained Tullahoma during the final set. The Wildcats were unable to break double digits to finish out the contest giving the Red Raiders a 25 to 9 victory and the match.
This was yet another win for the Lady Raiders who have made the season so far seem quite easy. The team appears to be in sync as each player seems to know what the other is about to attempt. As the season continues it seems increasingly clear that the team has something special about them, and most importantly appear to enjoy every second they are out there.