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Lady War Eagles Volleyball Team Makes School History with Epic Season

The Sycamore Lady War Eagle volleyball team with their district runner-up plaque (Photo: Angie Camper)

The Sycamore Lady War Eagles varsity volleyball team set multiple school records with their successful regular and post seasons.

The '22 team tied a previous record for the most successful regular season in school history, Head Coach Lea Hunter believes; the ladies closed out their season with a firm grip on the district's second-place slot with a record of 8-2.

Building upon their regular season success, the ladies swept Fairview in three sets on October 4, 2022, in post-season district play. And while a tough Creek Wood team took them down two days later on October 6 in the championship match, they proudly secured the runner-up title.

Izzy McPherson (junior), Gaibri Allen (junior), and Jenna Andrews (senior) were named to the all-district team. McPherson, Allen, and Raegan Hunter (senior) were named all-district tournament players.

Moving on to regionals, only the third appearance in school history, Sycamore went 1-1 on October 11, 2022, against Liberty Creek (3-0) and Creek Wood (0-3) which put them in second place, further advancing them to sectional play--both first-time honors for the team.

"Finishing second in the region and moving on to play in the sectionals is a first for Sycamore volleyball," Hunter explains. "No team before us has done it! In fact, few teams of any sport at Sycamore have done it."

Anna Knight (sophomore) and Katherine Gallutia (senior) were named all-tournament players in the regionals.

Senior Jenna Andrews sets the ball for fellow senior Ashley Vick in the sectional game against the Central Tigers (Photo: Angie Camper)

On Thursday, October 13, the team traveled to Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro to face the Tigers in the Class AA Sectionals. The intense matchup went all five rounds; sadly, the Lady Eagles could not maintain their early two-set lead, and ultimately fell to Central, 13-15, in the final set.

"After playing Creek Wood and Central, two state-qualifying teams, I feel really good about where Sycamore is at right now," Hunter says. "I think we can compete with any team in Class AA volleyball, and making it to state in 2023 should be next year's goal."


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