TMS volleyball opens season with win; THS falls in preseason finale
It may have just been the preseason finale, but the way the Tullahoma and Riverdale girls soccer teams treated Thursday’s game, fans may have thought the postseason came early, as neither squad wanted to yield an inch, resulting in a 3-3 draw.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Julia Duncan connected for a second-half hat trick, giving the Lady Wildcats a 3-2 advantage on their home field.
However, that lead was short lived as Riverdale answered with a score as Sydney St. Amour scored for the Lady Warriors.
Despite numerous shot opportunities by both squads in the final minutes, neither team could regain control of the contest. Tullahoma outshot Riverdale 15-5 on the night.
Prior to Thursday night’s scrimmage, the Lady Wildcats were coming off of a 2-0 loss at home against Franklin County on Tuesday. The THS JV team notched a 5-0 win over the Rebelettes.
On Thursday, the Lady Warriors gained control in the first half, netting a pair of goals, one coming off of a penalty kick. The second score for Riverdale came on busted coverage by Tullahoma. Off a corner kick, the Lady Warriors were able to get the ball to an unguarded player, who easily scored to put her team in front 2-0.
After being held scoreless for three-straight halves, it took just over five minutes in the second half on Thursday for the Lady Wildcats to get on the board. After a throw-in from teammate Lila Saunders, Duncan was able to fight for ball possession, firing off a shot into the top left corner of the net, cutting the score to 2-1 with 34:49 left in the contest.
Nearly 20 minutes later, Duncan found the equalizer, tying the matchup at 2 with 15:38 remaining on the clock. After teammate Cassidy Connor found herself in a battle with a Riverdale defender for ball possession, the ball was deflected to Duncan, who was standing in the middle of the keeper’s box. Once Duncan got control of the ball, she capitalized, immediately putting up a shot that netted the game-tying score.
Six minutes later, Duncan completed her hat trick with a play that resembled her second goal. After a Tullahoma and Riverdale player battled for possession, the ball found its way to Duncan. Once again, Duncan immediately fired off a shot from just outside the box, finding the top left corner of the goal, giving the Lady Wildcats a 3-2 advantage with 9:25 remaining in the contest.
Less than a minute later, Riverdale answered with the game-tying score. As soon as Tullahoma grabbed the lead, the Lady Warriors pushed downfield as St. Amour found the right side of the net, tying the score at 3 with 8:32 left on the clock.
Thursday’s matchup wrapped up the preseason for both squads. Tullahoma will open the regular season on Tuesday with a home matchup against Huntland. Kickoff of the varsity game is slated for 5 p.m.
Tullahoma also saw its volleyball team wrap up its preseason at home on Thursday, but in less-than-stellar fashion, losing all four sets to Community. Traditionally, volleyball is played in the best-of-five sets, however, one additional stanza was played on Thursday.
Community seized complete control of the first set, scoring the first seven points of the contest, before Tullahoma finally got on the board. The Viqueens continued their stranglehold, scoring 18 of the next 26 points, winning the opening set 25-7.
Kaitlin Saltzman did have back-to-back aces early in the opening frame for the Lady Wildcats.
Tullahoma kept the second set tighter and trailed 11-6 near the midpoint of the contest. However, Community began to take control, winning 14 of the final 19 points, going on to secure the 25-11 victory in the second frame.
The third set mirrored the opening stanza, as Community jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Tullahoma got on the board. The Viqueens once again dominated the remainder of the set, scoring 19 of the final 25 points, as they went on to pick up the 25-7 victory in the frame.
The fourth and final set was the tightest, as Tullahoma kept things close, trailing 12-9 at one point. That’s when Community pulled away, slowly gaining control, scoring 13 of the final 21 points, capturing the 25-17 win the final stanza.
Tullahoma will open the regular season on Monday with a road game against Cannon County. Matches are scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m.
In its inaugural season, the Tullahoma Middle School volleyball team led off the regular season on a positive note, capturing a win in back-to-back sets at Harris on Thursday.
The Lady Wildcats varsity team took control of the first set, wielding its way to a 25-13 victory. Tullahoma once again gained the edge during the second frame, this time a little closer, pulling out a 25-19 win.
Tullahoma’s junior varsity team was also victorious, garnering a win in two-straight sets. The Lady Wildcats’ JV team first notched a 25-15 win before following that with a 25-19 victory.
The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to have a pair of games next week, including their home opener on Tuesday. Tullahoma will start the week by traveling to take on Flintville on Monday starting at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Wildcats will follow that by hosting Warren County on Tuesday at 5 p.m.