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In addition to talent and experience being abundant, depth may be at an all time high for a Farragut High School varsity volleyball team coming off a surprisingly strong 2005 season ending in a TSSAA Class AAA state tourney appearance.

“Right now, top to bottom, we’ve got twenty-two players and I think we’re as deep or deeper than any time I’ve ever coached,” said FHS head coach David Moore — who begins his 20th season as FHS skipper — as all but one Lady Admiral returns from last season's champions in Region 2-AAA, District 4-AAA regular season and 4-AAA tourney.

Individually, the focus immediately turns to senior Kelsey Benorden, District 4-AAA Player of the Year in 2005 along with district and region tourney MVP as an outside hitter who Moore labeled “an outstanding player.

“ I feel like she’s the best player in the area and one of the top players in the state. She obviously plays a lot bigger than her height [5-foot-9]. ... Wherever she decides to go play [in college] they’re going to have a steal. She does it all. She’s an excellent defensive player, passer, great hitter. And a good leader.”

Benorden said that despite her team having a huge target on its back, “That will just give us even more confidence, make us play even harder. ....”

Among Moore’s other four seniors is Eden Watts, a 2005 All-District outside hitter [5-foot-9]. “She’s going to be a solid outside hitter ... an excellent server who works hard every day,” Moore said.

Watts said Farragut “definitely needs good leadership, and make sure everybody’s hustling and making sure everyone is working up to their potential. ...”

All-district setter Lindsey West “is our number one setter ... she should be one of the better setters in our district this year,” Moore said. “She’s really stepped up, she’s improving. She’s working hard. ... I expect her to have an excellent senior year also.”

West said her team has “started off really good in camp these past few weeks.”

Kayleigh Zavadil, a right-side hitter, “has really worked hard” while having the versatility “to play several other positions. ... I think one of the keys last year was Kayleigh accepted the role of right-side hitter,” Moore said.

Zavadil said, “We’re the team to beat this year ... but we can’t get too high on ourselves or we won’t win anything.”

Kaylee Dueber is what Moore calls his top “utility player” who is battling for the second setter spot along with sophomore Julia Maples. In addition, “I can use [Kaylee] as an outside hitter, as a back row player, she’s one of those valuable pieces of the puzzle,” Moore said.

Dueber said the team “isn’t going to jump to any conclusions, like we’re not going to say we’re going to be awesome yet. ...”

Moore said Maples “is a hard worker, good server and setter.”

Mitchell, a 5-foot-11 junior middle hitter named KIL Sophomore of the Year in 2005 plus All-District, “should be one of the better hitters and blockers in the area,” Moore said. “She’s one of those kids who can take over and dominate a match like Kelsey does.”

Junior defensive specialist Amber Fisher is “a back row passer for us. She really stepped up last year and got into the starting lineup as a sophomore,” Moore said. .... She made All-District Tournament as a passer last year, that doesn’t happen very often.”

Kimbra Hoehn, a junior defensive specialist, “Is an excellent server and passer. ... I think she was one of our leader servers percentage wise last year.,” Moore said.

Diana Deer, also a junior defensive specialist, “Is one of those tough kids that gets in there who is an excellent passer and server,” Moore said. “Works hard to get better every day.”

Sophomore Bryanna Reveiz will start as a middle hitter. “She’s getting better, I’m pleased with her progress,” Moore said.

Junior Marian Curtner will also start as a right-side hitter after battling “health issues” a year ago. “It’s good to see her smiling face on the court again,” Moore said. “I’m excited to have her back and contributing in that situation.”

Sophomores Cara Gregg, Arial Lebert and Natalia Hayes will also contribute.


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