FHS hits road, beats Catholic

KNOXVILLE — Farragut High School’s volleyball team got some well-deserved time off last week after it notched a key non-district road victory.

The Lady Admirals played their last match of last week Wednesday, Sept. 8, against one of the area’s top teams — and they left the court after earning a sweep versus Knoxville Catholic 25-23, 25-22, 25-17.

The Lady Admirals (6-4 entering the week) split a pair of non-district matches last week. as they were swept at home by District 4-AAA rival Hardin Valley Academy, 26-24, 27-25, 25-18, Tuesday, Sept. 7, after sweeping the Lady Hawks earlier this season in the league tilt.

Farragut entered this week with a 1-1 district record.

“This year, we’ve beaten teams that have beaten other teams,” Lady Admirals head coach Jo Madden said. “So, you really don’t know what’s ever going to happen, and the coaches are all looking at each other and wondering what’s going on.”

As for beating Division II-AA power Catholic, “We had a great game and our energy was really high, not just from our bench, but also from our parents and our fans,” Madden said. “We changed some things around and we changed our rotation a little bit and it worked.

That extra road support “was big because (head coach) Brent (Carter) has done a great job over there, and Catholic has a great team.”

Lady Admiral Kate Priest had 10 kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace against KCHS.

Meg Frank chipped in with seven kills, five blocks and one dig, while Ashley Hilbelink and Avery Mandl came up with 10 digs each.