The Natchitoches Central Chiefs volleyball team challenged the Airline Vikings for the Chief’s first win of the season Monday, Aug. 29. After an impressive slew of scrimmages against Loyola, Parkway, Byrd and Caddo Magnet (all wins) the Chiefs were eager to dive into their season.
As district runners up last year, Chiefs volleyball is aiming even higher this season. Captain Bailey Newlee says, “Last season, we left a lot of things unfinished, so we are coming into this season with a home playoff game and district champs in mind.”
The Vikings were eager for a rematch after taking losses to the Chiefs last season. With a set score of 25-23, the first set was a testament to how evenly matched the teams were, but the Chiefs managed to come out on top. The Vikings put up a formidable block, and the Chiefs’ hitters had to make adjustments to find a way to put the ball down. Outside Hitter Bailey Newlee led in kills, quickly adjusting to the Viking’s defense.
Sophomore Lora Cole put up a formidable block herself, leading the team in both solo and assisted blocks. Going into the second set the Chiefs had a slight lineup change, and found the Viking’s weak spots on the court.
Setter Addison Teddlie was setting up her teammates for success, leading the team in assists with 30 total. Despite a roaring student section from the Vikings, the Chiefs stayed collected and generated unstoppable momentum. The second set ended 25-16, Chiefs on top. Rolling into the second set, the Chiefs carried their momentum. The Viking’s stepped up their game, running a faster offense, but this was no match for sophomore Madelyn Riles, who, as libero, led the game in digs with an impressive 38 total.
In addition to a tough defense, the Chiefs served aggressively, with senior and rightside BethAnne Methvin leading in aces. The third set ended 25-17, finishing the match 3-0, Chiefs. Chiefs volleyball also took on Many High School Tuesday, Aug. 30. They took an effortless win with set scores 25-14, 25-15 and 25-9.
The Chiefs look forward to attending a tournament this Saturday at Ascension Episcopal High School, where they hope to continue their winning streak.