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Goals still high for young volleyball Admirals


Seven graduated Farragut High School volleyball seniors helped carry the Lady Ads to a pair of Class AAA state tourneys in addition to a school record 52 wins in 2004. Now they are gone.

“I guess, on paper, it’s a rebuilding year,” FHS head coach David Moore said. “We’ve only got Jenny [Loveday] and Kelsie [Benorden] and Lindsey [West] started some last year. They’re the only ones with any varsity experience to speak of. But it’s a good, young class. The [junior varsity] team was competitive last year, coach [Brendon] Cleer did a great job with them.


“In camps, scrimmages, we’re playing pretty well,” Moore added. “I think we’ll be better than most people think. Our goal’s still to try to win the district [4-AAA] and win the region [2-AAA] and go to the sectionals and see if we get a chance to go to the state tournament.

“If we had predictions, we’d probably be third or fourth in the district this year.” Moore said.

Benorden returns after being named Knoxville’s top sophomore last year, in addition to being voted “top hitter” overall in District 4-AAA.

“She’s going to have to carry a big load because she will be our number one hitter and have a lot of people keying their defense toward her,” Moore said. “Kelsie’s an outstanding passer, excellent hitter, obviously. Hits with a lot of power. For her size she plays a whole lot bigger than she is. We need a big year out of her..”

As for Loveday, “Jenny just works hard, she turned herself into an excellent high school setter,” Moore said. “Great leadership by setting examples, what she does on the floor. And she had a will to win ... good server, she’s going to hit for us on the right side. She’s one of our top hitters, too.”

West, a junior, will be the team’s “second setter, she’ll do a good job there,” Moore said. Juniors Eden Watts and Katie Zavadil, who have limited varsity experience, will be “hitting somewhere for us, either strong side or right side ... that may change from game to game.”

Moore said junior Kaylee Dueber is a good “utility” player who could play outside hitter, back row passer and “she’s our third setter right now.”

Among the sophomores, Amanda Mitchell “will be our number one middle [hitter],” Moore said. “She’s really getting stronger and better, I’m looking for big things out of her.” Marian Curtner will also be at middle.

Kimbra Hoehn will play either back row or outside hitter. Diana Deer is competing for a back row spot. Amber Pyle, a transfer, “will help us in the back row,” Moore said.

As for the 4-AAA race, “I’d say Maryville and William Blount are the front-runners in the district,” Moore said.

 

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