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KIL streak extends for FHS volleyball

Despite a semifinal loss during its annual Early Bird Tournament last Saturday, the Farragut High School volleyball team’s hot early-season run includes preservation of a perfect streak among Knox County teams dating back several years.

“It’s kinda kept a string alive we’re pushing, we’ve never lost in the K-I-L Tournament,” FHS head coach David Moore said about extending a perfect KIL streak dating back “somewhere to the mid- to late-nineties” after Farragut’s 2006 championship Tuesday, Aug. 22, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

The Lady Admirals beat Knoxville Catholic, Gibbs, South-Doyle, Seymour, Carter and Christian Academy of Knoxville in six KIL matches Aug. 21-22.

Beating Cookeville, Cumberland County, Morristown West and Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in the Early Bird tourney Aug. 26 before falling in two games to Baylor (25-14, 25-19) in the semifinals, the Lady Ads carried a 10-1 overall record into this week’s action.


There was little margin for error in a 25-23, 24-26, 25-23 win against the KCHS Irish. “Catholic was a huge win, just a great match,” Moore said.

Moore labeled the CAK Lady Warriors “a solid team,” adding that in an easy victory versus Carter, “We had an opportunity to play a lot of kids.”

Individually, “Kelsey [Benorden] had a good tournament, obviously, Lindsey [West] did a good job setting,” Moore said. “Amanda [Mitchell] had a good tournament, Eden [Watts]. All the passers did a good job.

“Marian Curtner made a huge play in the Catholic match,” Moore added about Curtner keeping a difficult ball in play during a critical point.


Both Moore and West, a senior setter, agreed that Farragut’s 26-24, 25-22 victory against Cookeville in Early Bird pool play was the highlight of this 16-team tourney (two four-team pools at FHS, two at Oak Ridge High School before staging the semifinals and finals at FHS Saturday evening).

“We started out swinging really hard with Cookeville, it was just a really amazing [match],” West said. “I thought we played our best today against them. I thought we played really strong.

“I thought we play awesome this morning in pool play, we started out so much stronger than we figured we would have,” the senior added.

Coach Moore said, “We had a great day ... Cookeville is a big team, solid. That was a huge victory. That’s a triple-A team we might have to compete with on down the road.”

In it’s Early Bird loss, “Baylor’s coach [Lynne Stopford] said they have five seniors, five juniors, so this is their year to probably have a chance to compete for the private school [state] championship,” Moore said. “They’re a really good team. I thought we could have played better against them.

“We were out of gas and they competed well. ... We were a little leg weary.”

Blowing out Cumberland County (25-6, 25-13), Farragut edged Morristown West (25-17, 26-28, 15-13) and beat Dobyns-Bennett (25-21, 25-19).


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