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'Queens of the court: Viqueens win district title

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ For the T-G
Posted 10/8/20

UNIONVILLE – In 2010, junior Tiffany Klages still remembers the final point that is stuck in her memory that gave the Community Viqueens their last district volleyball championship. Ten years later, Coach Tiffany Klages has new memories from a different view as her Viqueens swept the Eagleville Lady Eagles in three sets Tuesday night to win the District 6-A title...

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UNIONVILLE – In 2010, junior Tiffany Klages still remembers the final point that is stuck in her memory that gave the Community Viqueens their last district volleyball championship.

Ten years later, Coach Tiffany Klages has new memories from a different view as her Viqueens swept the Eagleville Lady Eagles in three sets Tuesday night to win the District 6-A title.

"They kept their heads up and stayed positive the whole time," Klages said.

"Even if we were behind, they worked hard and stayed together."

It was a set of runs as both teams looked to gain the upper hand in the opening set after splitting their two regular season matchups.

After falling behind 3-0, the Viqueens used the serving of Halli Smith to go on a 6-0 run and take a 6-3 lead.

The Lady Eagles went ahead 11-10, but the strong serving of Jacie Neeley propelled Community to another 6-0 run as the Viqueens went up 16-11.

Eagleville made one last push to cut it to 20-17, but after a Community timeout, the Viqueens scored the final five points with the serving of Korie Ann Beasley to take the set 25-17.

"If we take a timeout, I try to put it in their heads to shake everything off and go back out there strong," Klages said.

The second set was nip and tuck with 17 ties and neither team able to gain more than a 2-point advantage.

With the score tied at 24-24, the Viqueens came up with two big plays.

Jesa Moore delivered a winner at the net to put Community up 25-24. On set point, Jacey Collier produced a nifty dink to an open sideline to give the Viqueens a 26-24 win.

After a close second set, the Viqueens saved their best play for the final set.

With M.J. Simmons dominating at the net, Community never trailed and took command early.

After jumping out to a 14-9 lead, the Viqueens refused to let the ball hit the floor and went on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Community finished with a 4-0 run to close out the championship match with a 25-12 win.

"I thought for the last few years we were going to get that memory for them. I'm so glad they got it this year," Klages said.

"Most of them are seniors, so it was their last shot," Klages added.

"I'm really proud. I'm so happy we get to hang a banner."

Smith, Beasley, and Moore were named to the District 6-A All-Tournament team with Simmons taking home MVP honors. Also named to the all-tournament team was Caroline Mckamey of Cascade.

With the win, the Viqueens will host the Region 3-A tournament next Tuesday.

Community will take on Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences, the District 5-A runner-up, at 4 p.m.

A win would put the Viqueens in the region finals at 7 p.m. against the Eagleville-Sale Creek winner.

Community 3, Eagleville 0

Set scores: 25-17, 26-24, 25-12

Community

Halli Smith 11 kills, 13 digs, 3 aces

Korie Ann Beasley 1 kill, 21 digs, 1 ace

M.J. Simmons 4 kills, 5 blocks, 8 digs

Jesa Moore 8 kills, 9 digs

Jacie Neeley 2 kills, 2 digs, 3 aces

Jacey Collier 5 kills, 1 ace

Jessi Chester 6 digs

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