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Chiefland has lost only twice on the volleyball court this season.
The first loss came against Williston in the Bell Invitational Tournament when the Lady Indians were without senior standout Taylore Fuller. They avenged that Sept. 17 loss by beating the Lady Red Devils 3-2 on Sept. 29.
That left Trenton, which had edged Chiefland 16-14 in Game 5 of their match in Chiefland on Sept. 22. So, needless to say, the Lady Indians were revved up for Thursday’s rematch in Trenton and came away with a 3-1 win against the Lady Tigers.
“We were definitely fired up and pumped up for this one after they came and beat us at our place,” said Chiefland coach Tammy Arrington. “We had really prepared well in practice, and everything was just in place for us to play great and we did.”
As usual, Game 1 didn’t start great for the Lady Indians, which improved to 15-2 overall with the nonconference victory.
“The beginning of the first game was bad. For the first 12-15 points there, we struggled,” Arrington said. “We do have a pattern of being late starters. It takes a little while for us to get going. We’re late starters, and it concerns me because you’d like to take that first (game), but once they get into that rhythm, they’re fine. They get it done.”
Trenton won the first game 25-22 despite a string a dynamite serves by Mychayla Franklin that helped CHS battle back from a 13-7 deficit to tie the game.
In Game 2, Chiefland got key kills and blocks from Fuller, Brittney Gilliam, Shelby Mills and Meagen Morgan while also getting help from Trenton itself. Chiefland’s final three points of the 25-15 win were from unforced errors by the Lady Tigers, which fell to 19-3 overall.
“When we play Trenton you never know what’s going to happen because they always bring it,” Arrington said. “It’s obvious coach (Steve) Broker is an awesome motivator and coach because they’re always ready to play and are very skilled as well.”
The Lady Indians went on to win the final two games, 25-20 and 26-24, with Haley Gerhard, T.J. Arrington, Lauran Tiner, Kathryn Warren and Caitlan Fuller as well as the other aforementioned players contributing.
Chiefland wrapped up its regular season this week with games against Bell and Bronson on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. The Lady Indians finished 8-0 in league play and will be the top seed in the 1A District 7 tourney, which is Oct. 24-27 in Newberry.
According to the latest season statistics entered into the C2CSchools.com website, Taylore Fuller leads the team with 51 kills in 137 attempts while Morgan leads with 17 aces in 80 service attempts and Gerhard has a team-high 54 digs.
As a team, Arrington believes the Lady Indians are peaking at the right time heading into the post season.
“I feel like we’re at a good place right now,” Arrington said. “I think we’re as prepared as we could be at this point in the season. Our practices were productive and the girls have worked extremely hard.
“There’s nothing more we could have done or that we would have done differently. Whatever happens (in district), it happens. We know we gave it our best.”
Earlier Thursday afternoon at Trenton, Chiefland’s JV girls lost 2-0 while the middle school girls won 2-1 to bounce back from their first loss of the season against Ruth Rains on Oct. 11.