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Four area volleyball teams clinch spots in state tournament

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Ooltewah 3, Siegel 2
Ooltewah rallied from an early hole to win the final two sets and clinch a spot in next week's Class AAA state volleyball tournament with a 3-2 victory over visiting Siegel in sub-state sectional play Thursday night.

The Owls couldn't have had a worse start, dropping the first set in a 25-11 blowout. They managed to win the second 25-22, but fell were on the brink of elimination after a 25-20 loss in set three.

Ooltewah rallied, feeding off a huge home crowd to post a 25-22 victory in the fourth set before outlasting Siegel in a 15-13 back-and-forth, match-deciding final frame.

Leondra Barrett led the way with 16 kills and five blocks, while Kelsey Chernak dished out 26 assists. Courtlyn Ison had nine blocks, and Barrett added five.

East Hamilton 3, Notre Dame 0
East Hamilton had little problems punching its ticket to the Class AA state volleyball tournament with a quick 3-0 rout of visiting Notre Dame in sub-state sectional play.

The Lady Hurricanes used a balanced effort to dispatch the Irish (13-19) in scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-17.

East Hamilton flexed its muscle early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the opening set. Notre Dame led just once all night, 6-5 in the second set, but the Lady Canes ripped off eight straight points to erase the deficit.

Emma Lenoir led East Hamilton (33-18) with 12 kills and added 11 assists and seven digs. Kylie Scruggs finished with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Morgan Phillips served up seven aces.

Red Bank 3, Signal Mountain 2
Red Bank looked to be in control early in its Class AA sub-state sectional, but wound up having to scramble late to secure a 3-2 win over Signal Mountain to clinch a fifth straight trip to the state tournament in Murfreesboro.

The Lionettes won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-15, only to drop the next two 25-20 and 25-17 to the host Lady Eagles. The final set saw ten different ties and six lead changes before Red Bank claimed a dramatic 16-14 win with three unanswered points.

Trailing 14-13, Red Bank's Savannah Nelson hammered home the tying kill before Shelby Hayes scored back-to-back points to seal the win.

Nelson led everyone with 26 kills on the night, while Hayes added 23. Abby Graham directed the offense for Red Bank (38-9) with 60 assists, while Ansley Helton paced the defense with 28 digs.

Taelor Kellom's 21 kills led Signal Mountain (20-29), while Shelby O'Quinn did a little of everything with 19 digs, 13 kills and five aces. Carolynn Thielges finished with 44 assists.

Boyd-Buchanan 3, Jackson County 0
Boyd-Buchanan had hit the road to play it's hard-earned home date in the Class A sub-state sectional round, but showed no ill effects in a 3-0 rout of Jackson County.

The Lady Bucs were forced to move the contest to CSAS after a scheduling conflict in their home gym, but polished off the visitors quickly with scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-23.

With the win, Boyd-Buchanan (30-13) clinches a spot in next week's Class A state tournament in Murfreesboro.

Madison Howard's 18 kills paced the Lady Bucs' attack, while Katie Delay picked up 28 digs. Both Lindsay Yates and Kristen Reynolds dished out 24 assists apiece.

TSSAA Sub-State Volleyball Sectionals
(all winners advance to next week's state tourney in Murfreesboro)

Class AAA
Ooltewah 3, Siegel 2
Columbia Central 3, Bradley Central 1

Class AA
East Hamilton 3, Notre Dame 0
Red Bank 3, Signal Mountain 2

Class A
Boyd-Buchanan 3, Jackson County 0
Friendship Christian 3, Sale Creek 0

TSSAA Girls Soccer

District 5-AAA Championship
Soddy-Daisy 7, Ooltewah 0
-- Both teams advance to regional tournament next week

District 7-A/AA Championship
Notre Dame 1, Chattanooga Christian 0

District 6-A/AA Championship
East Hamilton 3, CSAS 0
-- Both teams advance to regional tournament next week

District 5-A/AA Championship
McMinn Central 1, Grace Academy 0
-- Both teams advance to regional tournament next week

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