Central High School volleyball was back home at Joe Frank Patch Gymnasium on Tuesday, August 20, for its first district match against Shelbyville. Once again, the Lady Raiders did not surrender a set for a 3-0 match victory.
"I thought they played well, I thought they did a good job," Coach Andrew Taylor said. "Last night was the first night jitters, a lot of emotion, so to come back the next night and play the way we did I thought was impressive."
The win improved the team to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in district play. Both matches were won by scores of 3-0.
Shelbyville was able to keep the match closer than Tullahoma had the night before. Despite this, Taylor said that the CHS girls were able to stay in control Tuesday by being where they needed to be.
"Offensively executed, defensively executed and we served tough," Taylor explained. "We limited their runs. I think [Shelbyville] had two runs of two points or more, which is really good."
Similar to Monday night, the Lady Raiders got off to a strong start in the first set and at one point led 16-2. The Golden Eaglettes began to bounce back with six straight points, before a kill from Lexi Bryan slowed their advance at 17-8.
CHS did not allow Shelbyville to score more than two points back-to-back for the rest of the set and won 25-13.
In the start of the second set, the Golden Eaglettes took a brief 3-2 lead. Keelie Hillis tied it at three each and Munn put the team back in front 4-3 on the next point.
It remained a close set, with CHS on top 11-9 at one point. A four-point streak put the Lady Raiders further ahead and they gave up just two more points the rest of the set to win 25-11.
Shelbyville again took an early lead in the third. Down 3-5, the Lady Raiders scored two straight and then took a 6-5 lead off a shot from Bryan. After the Golden Eaglettes tied it at six, a kill from Abigail Parker put CHS back in front 7-6.
The Lady Raiders did not lose the lead again and won the final set 25-19.
"They're a confident group because they've played a lot," Taylor said. "They've worked hard, they trust their training and they're experienced. They've been through a lot of big matches."
The team finished the night with 37 kills, led by Munn with 11. They added another 12 aces, with five from Amanda Mukai. Team assists were also led by Mukai with 17 of the Lady Raiders' 31. Parker recorded six of the team's 23 digs.