McGill looks to re-establish Webb volleyball champion tradition

KNOXVILLE — Ellen McGill has returned to East Tennessee.

The 2002 Alcoa High School graduate, looking to return home, has landed at Webb School of Knoxville as the Lady Spartans volleyball head coach.

“To be honest, I was looking to come home, and I reached out to (Webb athletic director David) Meske to see if they had anything available, and he said that he was looking for a head coach,” said McGill, who was a four-sport athlete for the Lady Tornadoes before moving on to Virginia Intermont College.

For the last six years, McGill has been head coach at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, enjoying a banner campaign for the Braves — winning the most conference matches in 27 years, which earned her Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors.

McGill said she knew the spring semester would be her last at UNC-Pembroke, where she began her head coaching tenure in 2016.

However, “I decided to stay for the spring semester at UNC-Pembroke, and our team did some special things, some things that we had never done before. We had a great season. Our season got moved to the spring because of COVID.”

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Six teams winners at FDCC Ladies 18-Hole Club Guest Day

Many of the 72 participants in 2021 Fox Den County Club’s annual 18-Hole Ladies Club Guest Day took the “flamingo” theme to heart in their attire, as this “best ball off the tee” 18-hole friendly competition among teams of four recognized the top three teams in First Flight and Second Flight Thursday, June 10.

Following play in the morning and early afternoon, a luncheon in the club’s main ballroom recognized six top teams, plus individual skill awards and blind-draw winners, with various prizes.

First Flight champions with a score of 83 (score with highest numbers are superior) were Traci Smith, Lynna Rader, Robin Banner and Tammy Cheek (not our farragutpress reporter). Runner-ups (79) were Annette Stevens, Julie Maier, Elessa Epps and Sharon Kelly. Third-place finishers (77) were R J Whitfield, Teresa Reed, Karen Jones and Suzanne Crutcher.

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