Signal Mountain freshman Emily Redman had eight aces out of 23 serves to help lead Tuesday's home volleyball sweep of Ooltewah. Senior Harmony McCarter had seven kills and tied classmate Edie Hansen with four blocks as the Lady Eagles won convincingly with set victories of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-17.
Lady Eagles coach Kim Rackel was pleased with her team's performance, which included sharp defense from libero Antoinette Cisto, who led all with 23 digs while providing numerous all-out hustle plays.
"Early this season we have struggled with finding out what we are playing for," Rackel said. "On one hand, we are really grateful to be playing, but on the other, we are having a little trouble finding our competitive spirit. So it was great to see them engage that other part. We want to dial it up and get ready for the next step. I was really proud of them and their effort tonight."
Signal Mountain (5-8) was given a boost right out of the gate by Redman, who showed her ability with a diving stop of a powerful hit she sent back over the net for a point. She did not have a service error and led 10-0 and 9-0 runs in the first and second sets with tough serves.
Redman's hitting ability also shined as she had four kills to open a commanding 12-5 lead in the third set.
"Emily is a young veteran," said Rackel of the younger sister of Baylor senior star and University of Toledo commitment Elaine Redman. "She is just coming off an injury, so we tried to get her rolling and some swings under less pressure. She is an important part of our team and leader even as a young part of this program."
The Lady Eagles' sharp performance included strong sets from Sophie Spinello and Carlee Lowry who fed an attack that had five players register at least three kills.
Ooltewah's Caty Hughes had three of her four blocks in the first set.
* Sale Creek looks to be a contender in Class A once again. The Lady Panthers were sharp over the weekend, going 5-2 overall in the Choo Choo Classic at Red Bank. They defeated Rhea County 2-0 in the gold bracket quarterfinals Saturday before falling to Hebron Christian. On Tuesday, the Lady Panthers swept Whitwell in three sets as Ansley White shined with 31 assists and four aces. Ava Higgins collected 12 kills in the victory.
* Dade County was victorious twice Tuesday as the Lady Wolverines defeated Chattooga 26-24, 25-16 and beat Ringgold 25-16, 9-25, 15-8. Logan Frint accumulated 17 kills, and Zoie Smith had 31 assists and seven aces in the victories. Delaynee Davis stood out with 40 digs.
* Silverdale Baptist Academy swept Grace Academy in three sets, 25-15, 25-20, 25-17. Savannah Williams had 12 kills and three blocks for the Lady Seahawks, who also got five aces from Baylee Killingsworth and 23 assists by Ashlee Kugler.
* Chattanooga Christian School's AJ Johnson and Avery Ray each had 10 kills, while Kennedy Barber and Kayla Youell combined for big hits in a 3-1 loss to Knoxville Catholic.
Hixson 9, Sale Creek 2: Elizabeth Jones scored four goals and Paola Perez added three to lead an offensive surge by the Lady Wildcats. Jones contributed with two assists as well.
Grace Academy 5, Red Bank 2: Grace's McKinley Tyson scored twice and assisted on two more goals. Savannah Engelbrecht had a hand in the first two goals for the Lady Golden Eagles. Morgan Hughes scored both of Red Bank's goals.
CCS 3, Walker Valley 1: Mandy Bacon scored and assisted for the Lady Chargers, who jumped out to a 2-0 halftime advantage. Madi Zidan and Abigail Witten also scored for CCS.
Coahulla Creek 2, Northwest Whitfield 0: The Lady Colts (13-2) won the nonregion matchup of top-10 state-ranked teams behind ace Sophia Voyles' 16-strikeout one-hitter. Tatum Poe was 3-for-3, including a double, with a run scored, and Steahl Smith and Emma Snyder each knocked in a run. Kylie Hayes struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs for the Lady Bruins (9-3).
Heritage 10-6, Cedartown 0-4: The Generals (10-1, 5-0 Region 7-AAAA) silenced Cedartown in game one behind Rachel Gibson's 15-strikeout three-hitter. Riley KoKinda had three hits, three RBIs and scored three times, while Madeline Stone, Zoe Wright and Carmen Gayler had two hits apiece. Gayler had a homer and a double while driving in three runs in game two, with future University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teammates Wright and KoKinda adding two hits each in the nightcap.
Ridgeland 5-13, Pickens 10-3: The Lady Panthers (7-11, 2-6 Region 7-AAAA) had 25 hits in the two games but could not overcome a nine-run fifth inning by Pickens in game one despite three hits from Bryanna Goldsmith and two hits and two RBIs each from Makayla Cope and Anna Jenkins. Ridgeland rebounded in game two behind three hits from Marianne Beliveau, two hits and three RBIs from Maggie Dickson and four RBIs apiece from Goldsmith and Elly Barnes.
Central-Carroll 13-13, Southeast Whitfield 0-4: The Lady Lions kept the Lady Raiders winless in Region 7-AAAA action.
East Hamilton defeated Ooltewah 156-165 at the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. The Hurricanes were led by Griffin Law (36) and Eli Winker (38). Owen Kreuger carded an impressive nine-hole 37 for the Owls.