Volleyball roundup

Lady Ads reflect on recent solid tournament finishes

Looking back on her team’s success this season through 22 games (16-6 overall, 1-1 in District 3-AAA), Farragut head coach Susan Davidson talked about “growing” after surpassing tournament seed projections. In the recent Sunsphere tournament, “We went in seeded 13th and ended up fifth,” she said. “And then we went into the Early Bird (tournament) seeded eighth and ended up in the semifinals and lost to (Kingsport) Dobyns-Bennett 15-13 (in game five). Dobyns-Bennett went on to win it all. ... We’ve had some great serving out of Sydney Cherney, Reese Schroeder, Samantha Ackermann, Carolyn Bower. As far as the court play on the front net, Carolyn and Sydney have been solid for us.”

Smithson, Coffy have led HVA volleyball effort

Head coach Mitzi McCurry’s Lady Hawks, with an 11-8 record after a straight games loss at Webb Thursday, Aug. 30, found some encouraging performances. “I put a freshman in, Kaylin Livingston, as an outside hitter and she played a phenomenal game,” McCurry said. “One of my seniors, Courtney Coffy (outside hitter), she’s played pretty consistent. Her defense has been really good this year. She had some great hits against Webb tonight that scored us some points.” Middle hitter Morgan Smithson “has played solid all season. Probably the most consistent player that I have. She’s had great blocks. And she scores us a lot of points on her serve.”

Webb young yet dominant against area, state opponents

Undefeated through 15 matches against in-state teams, Webb School of Knoxville has accomplished this with just one senior and two juniors. While senior Kayleigh Hames, star outside hitter and a Pepperdine University commitment, said the Lady Spartans “have pulled through and gotten some good wins” with a 13-2 overall record, she added, “We are a pretty young team, so we have struggles at times.” Webb head coach Chris Hames, Kayleigh’s mother, said, “She’s led us in kills all four years, so she’s a great player.” Webb sophomore setter Haley Jenkins, who already has committed to Campbell University, contributed 28 assists in a straight games home win against Hardin Valley Academy Thursday, Aug. 30. Leoni Kunz added 10 kills and four digs.