Putting the finishing touches on a three-set sweep, GPS senior Chapel Cunningham tipped the volleyball high at the net to a wide open spot in the middle of the court that no one could return.
The Bruisers do-it-all standout provided plenty of spark in the final set as Cunningham had five kills and a block that fired up her junior teammate Ansley Blevins.
Blevins — a Middle Tennessee State softball commitment — was a force too collecting 11 kills, five blocks and nine digs in Monday's victory over Signal Mountain (25-13, 25-19 and 25-20).
"When Ansley and Chapel feed off each other and they are just hitting constantly off good sets, it's really fun to watch and almost magical," GPS coach Bailey Winel said of the duo that combined for 10 kills in the third set alone. "When you see them get going it's almost like, why can't we do that every single play. But that's just not realistic. What you have to try and do is just make it as consistent as possible."
GPS (12-7) received a lift from senior libero Kylie Barry who had 15 digs while Bella Jenkins provided stellar defense in the third set as she got her hands on several hard hits from the Lady Eagles.
Cunningham was stellar with her service as she had no errors and finished with a versatile 32 sets, 13 assists and eight digs.
"Chapel is one of those players that, regardless of the role or job you give her, she is going to embrace it with no questions asked," Winel added. "She trusts in her coaches and teammates and knows she can take on that role and do good at it. She is so versatile that I can't do without her on the court. She's my captain, she's my leader and my go-to girl in any situation."
Signal Mountain's Emalee Grace Rowe had four aces as she sent curling serves to the back left corner for a pair of unreturnable serves. Emily Redman led the Eagles with eight kills.
Red Bank 3, McMinn Central 1: Red Bank received double digit kills from Bailee Phillips, Shante Smith, Ashley Ware and Lexie Wright. Zoe Helms was also sharp for the Lady Lions with eight kills, 22 assists and seven aces.
Heritage 3, Silverdale Baptist 1: The Lady Seahawks received strong showings from Ashlee Kugler (37 assists, 33 digs), Casey Neal (39 digs), Baylee Killingsworth (22 digs), Savannah Williams (15 kills) and Melanie Marcus (6 blocks).
Baylor 3, Siegel 1: Elaine Redman had 12 kills, 17 assists and 20 digs while Sierra Herndon had six blocks to lead the Lady Red Raiders.
Ensworth won a pair of matches over GPS and McCallie at WillowBrook Golf Course over the weekend in Manchester. Blue Tornado standout Bennett McNabb was the low medalist with a round of 70 for 2-under-par. Teammate Jack Martin also played well through 18 holes with a scorecard of 73 as McCallie fell 301-291 in stroke play.
Silverdale Baptist 9, Grace Academy 1: Gracie Renegar and Addie Chapman landed hat tricks for the Seahawks. Chapman also had two assists along with Bri Mendoza who also scored twice.
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