CCMS Volleyball Claims Preseason Tournament Title

The CCMS volleyball team following their CHS Middle School Play Day tournament win.

The CCMS volleyball team following their CHS Middle School Play Day tournament win.

A spectacular performance in the service and passing phases of the game powered the Coffee County Middle School varsity volleyball team to a 5 and 0 record and the championship of the inaugural Coffee County CHS Middle School Play Day held at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.  The Lady Raiders swept through pool play with 3 wins which slotted them into the semifinals of the single elimination tournament.  In the semifinals, Coffee County dismantled Rock Springs 25-16 and 25-2.  In the second set, Elizabeth Proffitt served 17 times in a row without a service error as Rock Springs was unable to effectively set their offense off her well placed serves.  “Elizabeth played great at the net and behind the line which is hard to do” said head coach Lora Selvog.

In the championship, the Lady Raiders rallied from a 16 to 1o deficit to take their first lead at 21-20.  From that point, each team traded points to 24 before Coffee County was able to scratch out the last 2 points to get a 26 to 24 win.  In the 2nd set, Warren County, a team which Coffee County Middle has never defeated, built an early 6 point lead before cruising to an easy 25 to 13 win to force a decisive 3rd set to 15.  In the final set, the Lady raiders built an early 9 to 2 lead only to see Warren County close the gap to 12 to 10.  A crucial Warren County service error opened the door for the Lady Raiders to recapture the momentum and earn the 15 to 11 win and the tournament title.

Warren County earned their finals appearance with a hard fought 25 to 22 and 25 to 20 win over the Coffee County JV team.  The Lady Raider JV team, which went 1 and 2 in pool play, was the talk of the day as they appeared on the verge of facing their varsity sisters in the tournament finals before settling for 3rd place.  Prior to the tournament finals, the Lady Raider JV team was the only team to win a game against Warren County on the day.   The 3 set loss to Warren County in pool play and the close 2 set loss in the semifinals had Coffee County head coach happy and a little scared: “I was beginning to think I was gonna have to play my JV in the finals” said Selvog.  She went to praise them saying “They came out today and dominated.”  The JV team got wins over the varsity squads from Whitworth Buchanan and Harris in the first 2 rounds of the tournament claiming a 2 set win over Buchanan and a 3 set win over Harris.

Coffee County opens the regular season at home on Tuesday night against Fayetteville.  The Lady Raiders will square off with the Lady Tigers beginning at 6:00 PM.  Coffee County will have a rematch with Warren County on Tuesday, August 18th at CCMS and Thunder Radio will be there to broadcast that important conference match.