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Moore’s girls fail to 3-peat to state

All Farragut’s volleyball team needed was one more point in game three against Karns, and a domino effect may have led a path to Murfreesboro.

Maybe the Lady Admirals would have seized momentum, gone on to beat Karns in the Region 2-AAA Tournament title match and, with home court advantage, beaten Sullivan South two days later and earned its third consecutive trip to the Class AAA state tournament.

But that didn’t happen.

“The point” FHS head coach David Moore points to was all the Lady Admirals needed in game three against Karns to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the best-of-five region championship match Oct. 19 at FHS.

Farragut led 24-19, but despite having several chances to get that final point, the Lady Beavers rallied to win game three 28-26 and eventually won the match in five games (15-10 in game 5).

“That was critical, if we finish off that game three against Karns then I have no doubt that we win that match and get a chance to play at home against Sullivan South,” Moore said. “That’s a big deal.”

Farragut’s record-setting 52-win season (52-8 final record) came to an end at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Oct. 21 in the sectionals, as the Lady Indians whipped the Lady Ads in four games.

Winning game one 25-23 against Dobyns-Bennett, Farragut was one point from victory in game two with a 27-26 lead before losing 30-28. “It’s a similar scenario (as with Karns), if we find a way to win that second game, and we go up two-0, then I feel pretty good about it,” Moore said. “With added momentum, we might have pulled it out that way.”

The Lady Indians grabbed a 2-games-to-1 lead with a 25-22 victory in game three. Dobyns-Bennett then won the match with an easy 25-12 game four victory. “We just didn’t have a whole lot left … we ran out of gas at that point,” Moore said. “We didn’t get off to a good start.”

But Moore said his team made a favorable impression on Dobyns-Bennett head coach Kathi Shaffer. “She said after the match that we’re definitely one of the top eight teams in the state, it’s just unfortunate that we both couldn’t go,” he said.

But Moore labeled 2004 “a great year,” as his team won both the District 4-AAA regular season and tournament championships while going unbeaten through both. “We had seven seniors that did a great job all year long and showed great leadership,” Moore said.

Farragut’s seniors, led by All-state middle hitter Mimi Slagle, also included 4-AAA’s top defensive player, back row specialist Christy Degen; district co-Best Setter honoree Stephanie Dueber; All-district honoree and left-side hitter, Stephanie Davidson; and key contributors Staley McCartney, Ashley Doss and Aimee Reeves.

Moore said his 2004 Lady Ads “compare a lot” to his 50-6 team of 1999 that also fell one match short of the Class AAA state tournament.


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