ROSE, JOHNSON LEAD SMOKY VALLEY

By William

HILLSBORO – The Smoky Valley volleyball team raised their season record to 11-1 while avenging their only loss of the season on a road trip to Hillsboro on Tuesday.

Hillsboro handed the only loss of the season for the Lady Vikings on the opening triangular of the year at the end of August, but Tuesday they got their revenge as they battled the Trojans in a pair of sets that were decided by a total of just five points at the end, and Smoky Valley won in straight sets 25-22, 25-23.

McKinley Johnson led the Lady Vikings to the win by hitting a perfect 15/15 on serves while Aubrey Boldra went 7/7. Johnson and Elsey Ramsey led in assists with 10 and 9 repsectively.

The Lady Vikings swept the road trip by also taking down Lyons in straight sets 25-13, 25-21. Abby Rose had a stunning 16/17 on serves while Aubrey Boldra went 8/8 and McKinley Johnson had 7/7 while also recording 10 assists.

“I am so proud of all our players as the sweep shows the pride these girls have in Smoky Valley volleyball,” explained Lady Viking Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey. “They cheer for each other and push each other for every position on each squad. Like I have said before, we have depth this year which means we can be selective in each position and place the player on the court who we feel places us in the best position to win.”

In the Lady Viking junior varsity first and second team matches, Smoky Valley won all four as well.

Coach Ramsey concluded her reflections on the performance by saying, “Each player is embracing her role and it’s creating a culture of teamwork and care for one another.”

Smoky Valley returns to the competitive court with a home match on Thursday.

SMOKY VALLEY INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:

Vs. Lyons =

Serves: Abby Rose 16/17; Aubrey Boldra 8/8; McKinley Johnson 7/7; Addie Heitschmidt 7/8; Bri Franklin 4/5.

Aces: Abby Rose 3.

Kills: Abby Rose 5; Addie Heitschmidt 5; Bri Franklin 4.

Solo Blocks: Madi Tolle 3.

Assisted Blocks: Abby Rose 2.

Digs: Aubrey Boldra 6; Kerington Haxton 4; Addie Heitschmidt 3.

Assists: McKinley Johnson 10; Elsey Ramsey 9.

Vs. Hillsboro =

Serves: McKinley Johnson 15/15; Aubrey Boldra 7/7; Abby Rose 5/7; Addie Heitschmidt 5/8; Bri Franklin 4/5.

Aces: McKinley Johnson 1.

Kills: Addie Heitschmidt 5; Bri Franklin 4.

Solo Blocks: Belle Peters 2.

Digs: Aubrey Boldra 7; Kerington Haxton 6; Addie Heitshmidt 5; McKinley Johnson 4; Abby Rose 4; Elsey Ramsey 3.

Assists: McKinley Johnson 10; Elsey Ramsey 9.

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