DUNLAP, Tenn. — Sequatchie County volleyball player Sarah Brown jumped up and down as the emotions poured out on the court after a long-awaited victory.
Brown's line-drive serve caught the top of the net, rolling over it and past Red Bank defenders to clinch an exciting District 7-AA victory with a 29-27 final advantage in the fourth set Thursday night.
Fans and players celebrated the victory for the Lady Indians, who have seven impact seniors who earned their first victory over Red Bank in four years and are firmly in control of the district at 3-1 in 7-AA and 7-1 overall.
"I was literally shaking," said Brown, who also had seven kills in a victory by the set scores of 25-19, 25-18, 25-27 and 29-27. "To win this match is one of the best moments I have ever had at Sequatchie County High School. Our teamwork was great tonight. We had our down moments, but in the end we battled and pulled out a big win."
After watching Signal Mountain and Red Bank make deep postseason runs over the past several seasons, Sequatchie County believes this could be its year to make a statement.
Senior Jayla Johnston was impressive with her serves and shined with several great digs on what is a very impressive back row for the Lady Indians. McKenna Thurman, Megan Hall and Johnston returned several tough hits against a strong attack.
Red Bank left-handed hitter Ashley Ware led all players with 14 kills and also had five blocks. The Lady Lions also received sharp performances from Shante Smith, who had seven aces, and Arreyanna Glass, who was big in the third set hitting and blocking.
Cali Green led Sequatchie County with eight kills.
"We have been battling to get this win for a while now," Sequatchie's Johnston said. "Finally getting it is just absolutely amazing. Red Bank is one of our top competitors. We are going to just keep carrying our experience and keep pushing ourselves to come together and win big matches like this."
Getting to coach his daughter Abby Smith, who leads the team in aces this season, Jason Smith is thrilled for his group as a whole.
"This group of girls takes accountability and leads one another," he said. "They have each other's back. It's a dream scenario for a coach and a great group to have."
Sale Creek 3, Lookout Valley 0: Ansley White had 21 assists and six aces, and Ruthie Parks had 15 digs in the win for the Lady Panthers.
Hixson 3, Chattanooga Patriots 1: The Lady Wildcats' attack was balanced as Ava Rogers, Rickell Crutcher, Riley Bellamy, Anna Johnston and Izabell Todd all had at least seven kills.
Soddy-Daisy 3, Rhea County 1: Caroline Lemons had 14 kills and three aces, and Javaria Smith starred with 48 digs in a big win for the Lady Trojans.
Grace Academy 3, Boyd Buchanan 2: Miriam Ateca had 13 kills and 25 assists, and Lainey Barrow totaled 28 kills in a five-set victory for the Lady Golden Eagles.
Concord Christian 3, Chattanooga Christian 2: AJ Johnson and Avery Ray each had 13 kills to go with Emily Day's 34 assists in a five-set heartbreaker.
Dade County 2, Coahulla Creek 0: Bailey Davis landed four blocks in the sweep for Dade County.
Hardin Valley 3, Baylor 1: The Lady Red Raiders were outshot 13-9 and did not score after the third minute, when Aliya Cooper gave the visitors an early lead.
East Hamilton 5, Ooltewah 0: The Lady Hurricanes received four goals from Malia Drumeller in a shutout victory.
Silverdale Baptist Academy 6, Red Bank 4: Kate Sullivan scored three goals and Brooke Bolton added two for the Lady Seahawks.
Ringgold 7, Coahulla Creek 3: Ringgold (7-4, 6-2 Region 6-AAA) completed a regular-season sweep of the Lady Colts (14-3, 7-3) and handed Sophia Voyles a rare defeat. Baileigh Pitts had a pair of triples, scored three times and drove in a run, while Addi Broome, Riley Nayadley and Alyissa Sue added RBIs for the Lady Tigers. Voyles, who struck out 11 batters but walked six, added a solo homer, and Tatum Poe had two hits and Steahl Smith two RBIs for Coahulla Creek.
Sonoraville 2, Rockmart 0: A night after silencing the powerful Ringgold bats, Taylor Long pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts as the Lady Phoenix (7-4, 7-1) strengthened their hold on the Region 6-AAA lead. Molly Speach and Daelynn Cochran had two hits each for the winners.
Heritage 6, Cedartown 5: The Generals (11-1, 6-0) maintained their lead in 7-AAAA with a walk-off two-run single by Lexi Duckett. Cedartown (9-7, 3-6) had scored a go-ahead run in the top half of the seventh, but a hit batter, an error and a walk led to the two-out heroics by Duckett, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Harper Carstens was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Savannah Wilson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run for Heritage.
Ridgeland 5, Pickens 4: The Lady Panthers (8-11, 3-6) won the rubber game of the three-game Region 7-AAAA series in Jasper.
Central-Carroll 13, Southeast Whitfield 0: The Lady Lions improved to 13-3 and 8-1 in 7-AAAA with a 16-hit effort to complete the sweep of the Lady Raiders.
Gordon Lee 11, Mount Zion-Carroll 0: Emma Langston struck out 10 and allowed two hits in the five-inning shutout, with Jordan Dyer hitting a homer for one of her two hits and driving in three runs. Allie Farrow had three RBIs on as many doubles, while Addison Sturdivant added two hits and Emma Minghini contributed two RBIs for the Lady Trojans (8-2, 3-0 Region 6-A public).
LaFayette 8, North Murray 0: Haynie Gilstrap was 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and two RBIs while also earning the pitching win in a five-inning three-hitter. Summer Burkett and Jaselyn Couch added two hits and Railee Lynn a pair of RBIs for the Lady Ramblers (4-9, 3-6 Region 6-AAA).
Calhoun 6-7, Woodland-Bartow 5-3: The Lady Yellow Jackets (9-7, 8-0) extended their lead in Region 7-AAAAA with a sweep of second-place Woodland (13-6, 7-3) with eight home runs in the two games. Lyndy-Rae Davis and Molly Banks had homers in each game, while Grace Crocker added a solo shot in game one and Espee Reyes, Jordan Blair and Malysha Winston went deep in game two, when Reyes was 3-for-4.
Dalton 6, Rome 3: The Lady Catamounts improved to 3-4 in Region 5-AAAAAA with the road win.