Coffee County Middle School and Westwood Middle School renewed their crosstown volleyball series on Tuesday, September 3. The Lady Raiders held off a resilient effort from the Lady Rockets in the second set to win the match 2-0.
This was the first victory in the series for CMS after Westwood won both matches last season in the program's first year.
"I thought we did some really good things. I liked to see that our serving was more consistent," CMS coach Tori Taylor said. "We've really been harping on serving lately. We have good servers, fantastic servers, it's just consistency."
Westwood jumped out to an early lead at the start of the first set. CMS battled back to tie it at 10-10, before the Lady Raiders jumped ahead.
The Lady Rockets continued to keep it close and cut the CMS lead to 20-18 down the stretch. The Lady Raiders were able to break away from the Lady Rockets and win the set 25-18.
The second set saw CMS open on an 11-0 run with Madison Pruitt on the serve. Westwood halted the Lady Raiders' advance and worked to climb back.
Late in the set, Westwood was down 23-19 with CMS two points away from a match win. With Lilee Scott on the service line, the Lady Rockets again chipped away at the deficit and made it a 23-22 CMS advantage.
The Lady Raiders took the next point to lead 24-22, but then gave up two points to tie the game at 24 apiece. On the next point, Westwood took the lead for the first time in the set and needed one point to force a third set and keep the match alive.
CMS was able to tie it on the following point and took the next two to defeat the Lady Rockets 27-25.
"It feels really good, Westwood has a really good program," Taylor said. "I just like to see good competition, no matter who it is."
The Lady Raiders and Lady Rockets will meet again at Westwood on Monday, September 23 to close out both teams' regular seasons. Start time is 4:30 p.m.