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FHS volleyball gets first-ever state win


The expectation level and the achievement level are both growing in the Farragut High School volleyball program.

For the second straight year David Moore’s Lady Admirals reached a program milestone. With its second consecutive trip to Murfreesboro and the Class AAA state tournament last week, Farragut notched its first-ever match win — beating Mount Juliet in five games — finishing with a 47-9 overall record.


“It was an excellent year, I’m proud of this bunch,” Moore said. “All year long I was kind of like ‘I don’t know how good we really are.’ A couple of starters didn’t even dress varsity last year. The whole group had to step up and make plays. They found ways to win extremely well.

“It took a team effort from all of them to do what we needed to do,” the coach added. “You’ve got to have kids playing their roles and they all did.”

But high expectations are part of the process.

“Sometimes you just have to take things a step at a time,” Moore said. “I think we’re all a little disappointed, we thought we could have done better and played better.

“But we won a match, and lost to a good White County team that almost got themselves in the championship game (almost beating eventual state champ Germantown),” he added. “I’m not ashamed to lose to them, they have a very good team and they had a very good player. “

As for past FHS teams, “there were two other teams that won the region and we hosted sectional games that I thought should have made it to the state tournament,” he said. “This team took care of their business.”

That carried into state play.

“The fourth and fifth game against Mount Juliet I thought we really played well,” Moore said. “That’s the best we’ve played at the state tournament.

As for individual efforts, “statistically in the Mount Juliet match, Laura (Englert) had 31 kills,” Moore said about his star outside hitter who was named Region 2-AAA and District 4-AAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. “This is the third or fourth time this year she’s had over 30.”

According to Moore, Englert set a new FHS record for kills in a match and kills in a season. “She had over 700.”

The bottom line: “Laura had a spectacular year, she’s the best player in the area,” Moore said. “She’s an All-state performer.”

As for other top performers, “Ana (Shaw) had 16 kills, I think that’s career high for her,” Moore added about his senior outside hitter. “I was proud of Ana this year stepping up.

“I thought one of the keys was Christy Degen and Molly Foster, our two back row specialists, they both passed extremely well,” Moore added. “Audrey (Jaccard) and Stephanie (Dueber) did a good job setting. Audrey, I think, led the team in assists and points

As for other team records, “I’m sure Audrey will be close in assists,” Moore said.

Foster changed her role this season. “I really thought that we’d be stronger if we used her as a passer rather than as a setter,” Moore said. “I asked her before we went to (summer) camp what she’d rather do, and she said ‘well, I’d rather do what’s better for the team.’

“Ana and Molly are just steady, they are always doing what they needed to do, that’s part of their game,” Moore added. “Stephanie Dueber did a good job setting, and I think we were a better team with Molly as a stronger passer in that situation.”

Seniors: “They’re all good kids and they’ve worked extremely hard,” Moore said of Englert, Foster, Jaccard and Shaw. “It’s highlighted by this group being the first to win a match at the state championships.”

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