By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Lady Wolverine volleyball was busy last week, playing eight matches in five days – three of those were 1A D1 Region 7 match ups.
DCHS opened the week against Etowah from Attalla, Ala. The Lady Wolverines took the match in two competitive sets, 25-18 and 25-12 for the 2-0 win.
Dade was led by Zoie Smith with 16 assist, 6 digs, and 2 aces; Delaynee Davis with 6 digs; 3 assists, and 2 aces; Heidi Raines with 5 digs, 3 kills, and 1 assist; and Kendal Emmett with 6 digs, 1 ace, and 1 assist.
Next up for the Lady Wolverines was Gadsden City and it was another two-set match as they won 25-21 and 25-8 for the 2-0 match.
Davis led the way with 8 digs, and 1 kill; Smith with 7 assists, 4 digs, and 1 kill; Abby Guffey with 3 kills, 2 assists, and 1 dig.
For their third match of the day DCHS faced Ft. Payne, Ala., and suffered their first defeat of the week dropping the first set 25-6 and the second set 25-23.
Brooklyn Konrad led Dade with 6 kills; Davis with 4 assists, 1 ace; and Smith with 7 assists, 1 kill.
The Lady Wolverines were at home on Thursday when they hosted Pepperell and Armuchee in big Region 7 matches.
First up was the Pepperell Lady Dragons with the Lady Wolverines taking two competitive sets, 25-18 and 26-24 for the 2-0 sweep.
In this match Davis had 16 digs, 4 assists, and 1 ace; Smith had 14 assists, 7 digs, 2 aces; Anna Ballard with 9 digs and 2 aces.
Next up for Dade was the Armuchee Lady Indians. The match featured the second ranked Lady Indians against the third ranked Lady Wolverines and while it did not end the way the Lady Wolverines had hoped it was a classic battle with the Lady Indians taking the first set 25-17.
Dade bounced back in the second set for a 25-17 win forcing the third and deciding set which the Lady Indians pulled out 15-9 to claim the match 2-1.
Smith had 13 assists, 4 digs; Heidi Raines had 10 kills, 5 digs, and 2 aces; Delaynee Davis had 12 digs, 5 assists, and 2 aces.
With the loss the Lady Wolverines dropped in the 1A rankings to fifth and are looking forward for a rematch with the Lady Indians somewhere down the line.
The five matches in three days took a toll on the Lady Wolverines. They traveled to a tournament on Saturday and dropped three matches to much larger schools.
They fell to Heritage High School in two sets, 25-16 and 22-22 then fell to Ridgeland High School in two sets, 25-20 and 25-22.
The final match of the day was against Boyd-Buchanan where they lost 25-21 and 25-10.
The Lady Wolverines are currently 11-7 for the season and 1-1 in region play.
This week’s schedule included a match on Monday against Murray County and Marion County, Tenn., and then the team traveled to North Jackson, Ala., on Tuesday for two matches.
On Thursday they travel to Trion and also face Chattooga in a pair of Region 7 matches.
Get out and support this exceptionally good Lady Wolverine volleyball team!