A big crowd said thank-you to seniors Makenzie Jones and Danyelle Carr on Tuesday night, and the duo responded by leading Oakwood Christian to a straight-sets win over the visiting Chattanooga Patriots in the Lady Eagles' final match before Monday's conference tournament.
Jones and Carr, who have led OCA to back-to-back Southeastern Christian Athletic Association championships, enjoyed the school's first-ever Senior Night by pacing the offense against the Lady Patriots. Jones had 14 kills to go with five digs, four aces, and three assists, while Carr threw down 10 kills, four aces, and four digs.
B.J. Humphrey had 20 assists in the 25-7, 25-16, 25-18 victory. Corley Humphrey added two kills. Brooke Case finished with two aces and one kill, while libero Kelbie Williams collected eight digs.
"Makenzie and Danyelle have meant so much to us," head coach Beth Bellamy said. "They've both been going to school at Oakwood since elementary school and they are so dedicated to the volleyball program. Tonight was the right way for them to go out."
The duo will try to conclude their prep careers with a third consecutive SCAA title on Monday at the league tournament at Collegedale (Tenn.) Academy.
The Lady Eagles (15-7), who will be one of the top two seeds in the eight-team tournament, will play at first-round, best-of-three match at 4:30 p.m. The semifinals will begin at approximately 6:30 with the best-of-five championship match to immediately follow.
Their first-round opponent was unknown as of press time.