October 14, 2021
HARRIMAN, Tenn. – The Roane State Raiders volleyball squad secured no less than a second place finish in the conference tonight with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Chattanooga St. It was the team’s sixth win in a row.
The Raiders will face Walters St. at home on Tuesday evening in a match that will determine the regular season conference champion.
The Raiders earned a fairly quick win in the first set, downing the Tigers 25-13.
In the second frame, Chattanooga St. had the Raiders backed against the wall. Facing set point, 24-22, Roane State rallied to a 27-25 win.
In the third set, the Raiders again came from behind to take the set and the match, 27-22.
After the match, head coach Steve Dallman said the team “executed everything we did in practice yesterday to a tee and I am so proud of them.”
He added, “Our block was really good tonight. Our serving was really tough and good.”
He concluded, “It’s exciting! For a second-year [program], I’m pretty pumped and the girls are too.”
Chattanooga St. handed the Raiders one of their two conferences losses earlier in the season, to which Dallman stated, “They’re a good team. They just keep fighting and fighting.”
On the night, Mattie Arnett led the team with 15 kills. Coming into the match, Arnett was leading the league with 3.55 kills per set. Dallman said she “had probably one of her best games of the year, which we needed.”
Katherine Roberts, who was Arnett’s teammate at Cookeville High School, paced the team with 38 assists. Roberts leads the conference and is sixth in the nation with 10.51 assists per set.
Three Raiders tallied double digit digs in the match. Led by Taryn Lane’s 13, Arnett added 11 digs and Sydney Smith had 10. Lane leads the conference in total digs (334) and digs per set (5.54).
The Raiders, who advanced to 15-4 on the season, will complete the regular season at home against league leading Walters St. on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
Back on Sept. 7, the Raiders handed the Senators their first-ever conference loss, 3-2, in Morristown. On Sept. 23, the Senators exacted some revenge with a 3-0 win over the Raiders in Harriman. In this third meeting of the season between the two rivals, the winner will walk out of the gym the regular season conference champion.
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