Andrea Lopez

CMS soccer's Andrea Lopez on the field during the second half of Thursday's game against White County. Lopez had two of the Lady Raiders' five goals, including the lone goal of the second half.

CHS volleyball defeats Lincoln County

Central High School volleyball continued its road slate of games on Thursday, August 29, with a match at Lincoln County. The Lady Raiders held on through five sets to win 3-2. 

CHS won the first set 25-19 but fell 26-28 in a second-set tiebreak. After the Lady Raiders fell to the Lady Falcons 14-25 in the third, they battled back for a 25-17 victory in the fourth to keep the match alive. In the decisive fifth set, CHS won a close 16-14 battle to take the match. 

The girls recorded 16 aces, with four each from Keelie Hillis, Keri Munn and Kiya Ferrell. Munn also led in kills with 14 of the team's 46 total. Ferrell also had 15 of the team's 60 digs to lead that category. Amanda Mukai led in assists with 31 of the girls' 42 total.

CMS soccer shuts out White County

Coffee County Middle School girls' soccer returned home on Thursday, August 29, for a matchup against White County. The Lady Raiders did not give up a goal to defeat the Lady Warriors 5-0. 

"We did a great job. We were working on communication and passing toward the end there," Coach Tiffany McCormick said. "They did a great job doing that."

The shutout came off the team's first win of the season on Tuesday, August 27, on the road at South Franklin. McCormick attributed part of this turnaround to the work of keeper Sydney Gilley, as well as better communication in the midfield.

"Sydney Gilley's playing great goalie right now," McCormick explained. "My midfield is starting to become more cohesive and they're working together to transition from defense to offense. That's really come together in the past couple games."

CMS jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half off two goals from Lindsey Grimes and one each from Andrea Lopez and Tia Buchanan.

Just over five minutes into the second half, Lopez hit another goal to put the girls up by five. White County was unable to respond and the young Lady Raiders earned their first home win of 2019. 

"I think it helps a lot," McCormick said. "To win helps them feel like, okay I can do this and they think they can do it and that's part of the process."

CMS volleyball falls to Tullahoma

Coffee County Middle School volleyball was back at home on Thursday, August 29, to take on cross-county rival Tullahoma. The Lady Raiders won their first set but fell in the next two in a 1-2 match loss. 

CMS got out to a solid start in the first set with a 25-14 win over the Lady Cats. In the second, Tullahoma returned the favor and defeated the Lady Raiders 14-25. 

Despite a trend of third-set success so far this season for CMS, the girls were unable to bounce back and fell 9-15 to bring the match to a close. 


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