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Anderson County defeats CCHS in four sets in scrimmage

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By Robby O'Daniel

The atmosphere at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium on Tuesday night certainly didn’t feel like that of a scrimmage.

Archrival Anderson County came to town and defeated Campbell County in a volleyball matchup that was competitive for three of the four sets. The Lady Cougars lost 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 12-25 in the varsity match.

Anderson County is a program that has played for state championships. The Lady Mavericks appeared in five state title matches from 1999 to 2007, according to TSSAAsports.com, winning one of those. In addition, the Lady Mavericks routinely make regionals.

In essence, the kind of success the Lady Mavericks have had as a program represents the next step for the Lady Cougars.

And the Lady Cougars competed on Tuesday night for most of the match in a raucous atmosphere.

“Honestly I tried to not make a big deal out of it just so that everyone would be calmer and not so nervous, but nerves always creep in,” the Lady Cougars’ Anna Cain said. “It wasn’t that big of a scrimmage, but it would have been nice if we could’ve come out on top. I’m still proud of us, though.”

Cain was certainly impressive in her attacks on the net. She had multiple kills from vicious, high-angle spikes.

Cain praised the play of senior setter Destiny Wormsley.

“Destiny played well tonight because her serves were always on point, and even when she got a bad pass, she got to it and made it a better set, so we could have a chance to finish the play,” Cain said.

Wormsley praised senior Lexy Richardson’s consistency.

“I thought it went very well,” Wormsley said on the scrimmage. “Even though we fell short tonight, we are still in a very good place for districts this year. I’m so proud of the girls. We have come a long way since the first time we played AC. We need to clean up our own mistakes, but other than that, things are going good.”

Tall middle Macy Monday showed what kind of weapon she can be on the court for the Lady Cougars with multiple kills, as well.

“Even though this my first year playing, I could already feel the tension between AC and ourselves,” Monday said. “This scrimmage definitely showed us what we needed to work on going into season.”

Monday thought the team played well.

“I think altogether, our performance was good,” Monday said. “I think the only thing that is standing in between us and a district title is the mental aspect of the game because we definitely have the talent.”

Referees were CCHS 2018 alumni Tiarra Slover and Emily Ward.

The junior varsity team lost to AC, as well.

The Lady Cougars open the season on Tuesday, hosting Karns.