Sycamore's Izzy McPherson goes for the kill against Kenwood in the home opener (Photo: Angie Camper)
On Monday, August 14, 2023, the Sycamore Lady War Eagles officially opened up volleyball season with a non-conference home match against the Kenwood Lady Knights. The varsity ladies dominated the court, winning their first set 25/17, the second set 25/15, and the final set, 25/9.
Senior Izzy McPherson walked off the court with six aces, 14 kills, and nine digs. Junior Anna Knight finished with three aces, 13 assists, and a block. Senior Gaibri Allen added eight kills and two blocks, and sophomore Violet Geldner followed closely behind Knight with 10 assists.
Varsity Leaderboard: Kenwood
Aces: Izzy McPherson- 6; Anna Knight- 3;
Kills: Izzy McPherson- 14; Gaibri Allen-8; Anna Knight/Presley Betts- 2
Assists: Anna Knight-13; Violet Geldner-10; Izzy McPherson-2
Passes to Target: Lexi West- 7; Izzy McPherson/Kendall Walls-6
Digs: Izzy McPherson- 9; Kendall Walls-7; Violet Geldner-6
Blocks: Gaibri Allen- 2; Anna Knight- 1
The junior varsity team also swept away the Lady Knights, winning their first match 25/15 and the second, 25/10. Sophomore Lexi West led the team in kills, racking up six.
Junior Varsity Leaderboard: Kenwood
Aces: Ayla O'Neil, Emma Wayne, Lexi West- 2
Kills: Lexi West- 6; Emma Wayne- 5; Ally Rae Greene- 2
Assists: Ayla O'Neil, Violet Geldner- 4
Passes to Target: Emma Wayne- 5; Madyson Camper- 3
Digs: Lexi West- 9; Emma Wayne, Madyson Camper- 3
The following day, August 15, the ladies traveled to Stewart County for their first conference match of the season. Just as they did the previous night, the Lady War Eagles swept right on through their sets against the Lady Rebels: 25/10, 25/13, 25/22. McPherson closed out the night with seven aces, 10 kills, and 28 digs. Junior Kendall Walls finished with 13 digs, Allen contributed 14 passes to target, Knight had 16 assists, and sophomore Belle Gwen led the team in blocks with three.
Varsity Leaderboard: Stewart Co.
Aces: Izzy McPherson- 7; Anna Knight, Belle Gwyn- 2
Kills: Izzy McPherson- 10; Gaibri Allen- 7; Violet Geldner- 5
Assists: Anna Knight- 16; Violet Geldner- 4
Passes to Target: Gaibri Allen- 14; Kendall Walls- 4
Digs: Izzy McPherson- 28; Kendall Walls- 14; Anna Knight- 8
Blocks: Belle Gwyn- 3
Sophomore Aly Rae Greene had the only junior varsity block in the game against the Rebels (Photo: Angie Camper)
The junior varsity team produced the same results, also shutting down the Lady Rebels, 25/13 and 25/8. Sophomore Emma Wayne led the team with five kills, sophomore Madyson Camper led with seven digs, and sophomore Aly Rae Greene had the team's only block. Geldner led the team in aces, racking up eight.
Junior Varsity Leaderboard: Stewart Co.
Aces: Violet Geldner- 8; Ayla O'Neil, Aly Rae Greene- 3
Kills: Emma Wayne- 5; Ayla O'Neil- 3; Lexi West- 2
Assists: Ayla O'Neil-6, Violet Geldner- 5
Passes to Target: Madyson Camper- 3; Lexi West, Emma Wayne- 2
Digs: Madyson Camper- 7; Lexi West- 5; Emma Wayne- 4
Blocks: Aly Rae Greene- 1
"We had a mixed week," said Head Coach Lea Hunter. "Our play against Kenwood and Stewart County was good- we had good attitudes and we worked hard."
The tides turned on Thursday, August 17, when the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks visited Pleasant View for an in-conference match. Rattled by "uncommon" mistakes early on, Sycamore was unable to withstand the pressure and talent put up by the visiting team. The Lady War Eagles fell in three sets: 25/13, 25/18, 25/9.
Senior War Eagle Gaibri Allen had 18 passes to target and a block against the Creek Wood Red Hawks (Photo: Angie Camper)
McPherson and Geldner had the team's only two aces, and Allen boasted 18 passes-to-target and a block.
Varsity Leaderboard: Creek Wood
Aces: Violet Geldner, Izzy McPherson- 1
Kills: Izzy McPherson- 6; Gaibri Allen, Anna Knight-3
Assists: Anna Knight- 10; Violet Geldner- 2
Passes to Target: Gaibri Allen- 18; Izzy McPherson- 5; Lexi West- 3
Digs: Gaibri Allen, Lexi West- 7; Anna Knight, Kendall Walls- 6
Blocks: Gaibri Allen, Anna Knight- 1
The junior varsity team came within striking range in the first set, only falling by two (25/23), but lost their momentum in the second, closing it out 25/15.
Junior Varsity Leaderboard: Creek Wood
Aces: Violet Geldner, Lexi West- 2
Kills: Lexi West- 3; Violet Geldner- 2
Assists: Violet Geldner- 7; Ayla O'Neil-5
Passes to Target: Madyson Camper, Lexi West- 5; Emma Wayne- 4
Digs: Madyson Camper- 9; Lexi West- 6; Emma Wayne- 4
"We worked hard but we made uncommon mistakes and missed assignments, and then our attitude dropped below average," Hunter said. "We are not satisfied with how we looked and played. I am not worried, though. We'll have some bad stretches but we will keep improving as the season goes on."
On Saturday, August 19, the varsity team participated in the Middle Tennessee Christian School Volleyball Tournament in Murfreesboro. They played a total of five matches throughout the day, facing some high-level talent. Sycamore was able to secure two wins against GCA and DCA, falling to Summertown, Riverdale, and PCA.
Up next for the Lady War Eagles:
Monday, August 21- Clarksville High (Home)
Tuesday, August 22- Cheatham (Home)
Thursday, August 24- Fairview (Away)