By EDDY GIFFORD
Dade County High School’s Lady Wolverine volleyball team had a pair of big matches last week as they hosted LaFayette and Ridgeland. Neither of the teams are in Dade’s area but were important matches as this team works for that all important spot it the state playoffs at the end of the season.
Playing teams from higher classifications always helps make you better and the Lady Wolverines have been on a roll lately compiling a 6-2 record heading into these two matches. The extremely competitive matches help the team later in the season as area play continues next week.
First up for the Lady Wolverines was the LaFayette Lady Ramblers. Dade County defeated the Lady Ramblers in two sets 25-21 and 25-18 taking the match 2-0.
The Lady Wolverines were led by Zoie Smith with 33 assists, 3 aces, 2 digs, and one kill; Delaynee Davis with 9 digs, 7 assists, and 1 ace; Heidi Raines with 8 digs, 5 kills, 4 assists, 1 ace, and 1 block; Anna Ballard with 4 assists, 3 aces, 3 digs; Brooklyn Konrad with 2 assists, 2 aces, 1 dig, 1 kill; Isabella Blake with 4 kills, 1 block, 1 assist; Abby Guffey with 5 kills, 1 dig; and Kendal Emmett with 5 digs, 1 assist.
Next up for the Lady Wolverines was the Ridgeland Lady Panthers who defeated them earlier in the season and while they lost to them again it was an extremely competitive match.
DCHS took the first set 25-21 and then fell to the Lady Panthers in the second set 25-21 forcing a third tie-breaking set. The Lady Panthers pulled out the third set 16-14 to take the match 2-1, only the third loss for the Lady Wolverines this season – two of which have come at the hands of the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Wolverines were led by Raines with 14 digs, 1 ace, 7 kills; Davis with 18 digs, 5 assists; Smith with 17 assists, 8 digs, 2 aces, 13 kills; Konrad with 8 kills, 2 digs; Emmett with 5 digs, 2 aces, 2 assists, 1 kill; Blake with 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Guffey with 7 kills, 3 digs.
The Lady Wolverines are now 9-3 on the season with big matches coming up this week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6 the Lady Wolverines travel to Fort Payne, Ala., and faced Etowah, Fort Payne, and Gadsden City in out of area matches.
The team returns home on Thursday, Sept. 8 when they will host Pepperell at 5 p.m., and Armuchee at 7 p.m. Pepperell and Armuchee will face each other at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 10 the Lady Wolverines will travel to Ridgeland for the Ridgeland Tournament with times and opponents to be determined.