The Lady Raider volleyball team are district champions


The team smiles big with their district championship plaque.

Elizabeth Brown, Sports Editor

On Thursday, October 7, the Coffee County Lady Raider volleyball team clinched their third straight district championship win.

The girls traveled to Franklin County where district play took place. They played Warren County in the semifinals and won three to one, which took them to the championship match.  

In that match, they took on the Lady Falcons of Lincoln County. The Lady Raiders fell in the first set 25 to 16, but they were able to win the next three with scores of 25 to 20, 25 to 16, and 25 to 22.

Kiya Ferrell had 26 kills, and Gia Perez added 20 kills for the night. Lauren Brandt also had 35 assists. 

The Lady Raiders recognized several players who received district honors.

Anna Johsnon, Gia Perez, Kiya Ferrell, Lauren Brandt, and Maddy Sussenn were all appointed to the District 6-AAA All-District team.

In addition to those honors, Kiya Ferrell was the 2021 District MVP. 

Ferrell, who was named MVP and a four year member of the volleyball team, had a few words to say about their big win. “It’s an amazing feeling to be able to say that I have contributed to our program in winning three back to back championships,” Ferrell said.

“It takes a lot of grit and determination. We put in hours and I know we deserved it,” she went on to say. 

Ferrell mentioned how special her team was to her and how close they are on and off the court. In addition to this, the senior was asked how she felt going into region play. 

“I am obviously nervous about going into the tournament. If we can get it together and give it all 137% of us, I think we can make it through,” she stated. 

The Lady Raiders will move on to district play for the regional tournament at Cleveland High School. They will face Bradley Central on October 12 for the region semifinal.