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While winning 4-AAA Tournament, Moore’s FHS girls set program record with 51 victories

Entering Region 2-AAA Tournament play with a program record 51 wins in hand, the Farragut Lady Admirals were even more interested on building upon another program record.

Consecutive Class AAA state tournament appearances.

Farragut’s junior and senior classes are looking to be part of three consecutive state tourney trips. For that to happen, the Lady Admirals had to reach the region tourney finals Tuesday at FHS after beating Oak Ridge in the semifinals (after press deadline).

Part two will involve a sectional victory tonight against one of four Region 1-AAA foes. If Farragut won the region title, they will host either Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan South, Morristown East or Morristown West tonight in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. If the Lady Ads finished second in the region, they will travel to one of the above-mentioned sites tonight.

Though recently successful in post-season play, the Farragut program had never earned a state tournament berth until 2002. The Class AAA state tournament is Oct. 25-27 in Murfreesboro.

“I’m proud of ’em,” FHS head coach David Moore said following the Lady Ads District 4-AAA Tournament title straight game match victory against Maryville Oct. 12. “I’m glad it came (record 51st win) when it meant a lot. It worked out good.”

Senior outside hitter Stephanie Davidson said that her team “is at a peak right now. We’re all playing so well together, it’s not just one individual that’s making the team, like, perfect. We all have to play together to win ... we have great passers, great hitters, great setters.”

In comparing this season’s team to last year’s district, region and sectional champions, Davidson said that last season’s FHS team leaned too heavily on All-state outside hitter Laura Englert.

“I think last year we did rely a little too much on her,” Davidson said. “When we were in a bind, we would always try to push it out to her, which sometimes could cause more problems when you force some things. Laura is great athlete, she was a great player, but sometimes I think we did rely a little too much on her. Obviously that put a lot of pressure on her.”

Senior back row specialist Christy Degen said her team has “improved a lot throughout the season and we’re continuing to get better and we’re hoping that we can go further.”

Moore said his Lady Ads are battle- tested for the tough post-season stretch.

“It’s been a long season, and we’ve kind of faced everything,” he said. “We’ve had to come from behind, we’ve had teams make runs at us. We’ve played good competition. I don’t think we’ll face anything we hadn’t seen throughout.”

Against Maryville in the district title match, Mimi Slagle led Farragut with 13 kills and eight blocks. Kelsey Benorden added 10 kills and Staley McCartney six kills and four blocks.

Davidson added four aces, followed by Jennie Loveday with three aces. Aimee Reeves came through with five blocks. “I thought that was key, too, that their big hitter on the outside, Aimee blocked her a couple of times,” Moore said. “They got the ball back up, but it kind of took some of their aggressiveness out.”


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