Twin Springs had a tough time handling all of them.
Eastside (17-4, 10-0) controlled the match from the opening serve to take a 25-15, 25-10, 25-18 Cumberland District volleyball win over the Lady Titans (5-15, 5-5) that completed its perfect regular-season run through the league.
Eastside wrapped up the district title last week, giving coach Brianne Bailey a chance to experiment with some different looks in her rotation.
“What’s good about winning the conference early and going ahead and clinching the No. 1 seed in the region is that you can start preparing and looking at things that can probably benefit you in the region and start working on those things for the next few games in next week’s district tournament,” Bailey said. “Yeah, it would be nice to win the (district) tournament, but they’re more about preparation (for regional play) than winning in my book.”
The No. 1 seed gives the Lady Spartans a first-round district bye. They will play the winner of Monday’s first-round match between Twin Springs and Castlewood in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday at Eastside.
Thursday’s loss dropped Twin Springs to the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Had the Lady Titans beaten Eastside, they would have moved into a tie for third with Rye Cove, but coach Ashley McConnell said Twin Springs wasn’t ready to play against the district champions.
“They already had it in their heads before they got off the bus that we were going to lose,” McConnell said. “They made JV mistakes in a varsity game.
“They gave us every opportunity. We just didn’t capitalize on their mistakes and made too many of our own.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Anna Whited led Eastside’s attack with 12 kills, and Kaylee Yates had eight kills with three blocks.
Eastside also got five kills and four aces from Laura Lanteri and 15 assists from Tinley Hamilton. Hailey Mitchell added four aces.
Emma Dingus finished with five kills and three blocks for Twin Springs. Chloe Burke had four kills, Ryleigh Gillenwater recorded five assists and Alyssa McCracken finished with a game-high 17 digs.
CUMBERLAND TOURNEY STARTS MONDAY
Following Thursday’s conclusion of regular-season league play, the Cumberland District tournament will begin Monday. No. 4-seeded Twin Springs (5-15) hosts No. 5 Castlewood (2-16) and No. 6 J.I. Burton (1-14) travels to No. 3 Rye Cove (10-11) in the opening round.
In Tuesday’s semifinals at Eastside, the Lady Spartans (17-4) meet the Twin Springs-Castlewood winner and second-seeded Thomas Walker plays the Rye Cove-Burton winner.
The championship and consolation matches are set for Thursday, also at Eastside.