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The Farragut Lady Admirals volleyball team had a busy week, first playing Bearden and Lenoir City at William Blount and then playing in the Choo Choo tournament in Chattanooga. The Lady Ads enter the week 23-4.

Farragut won the silver (consolation) division in the Choo Choo tournament, winning their last eight games.

On Friday, the Lady Ads traveled to Red Bank High School to play in the tournament. Farragut lost to Girls Preparatory School 25-17, 25-20 and Hixson 25-23, 25-17. Their only win of the day, and first win to start their eight-game winning streak came against David Crockett High School 25-9, 25-15.

“It was kind of up and down,” Farragut head coach David Moore said. “We were disappointed to lose to Hixson; we would’ve liked to have been in the upper bracket.”

The two loses and one win put the Lady Ads in the silver tournament for Saturday. The first three matches put each team in their tournament brackets.

The day started with wins against Sullivan East 21-25, 25-18, 15-10, Cordova High School of Memphis 25-11, 25-16 and White County 25-21, 25-20.

After the first three wins the Lady Ads were placed and the silver tournament began with wins against Eagleville 25-18, 25-19 and Page of Nashville 28-26, 25-12.

“The key match was Page,” Moore said. “It changes the game and match. After you lose the first match it becomes a lot tougher.”

The Lady Ads beat Oak Ridge in the semifinals 25-23, 25-14. Farragut then beat Soddy Daisy of Chattanooga 25-16, 25-27, 15-10 to win the silver tournament.

“I’m proud of them,” Moore said. “I hope this helps us down the stretch. We have a lot of district games coming up this week.

The team put up a huge effort to win their last eight games.

“Kelsey (Benorden) had a great tournament,” Moore said. “She was on the court a lot; we didn’t give her a lot of rest. It was a team effort though, the passers stepped it up in the last matches. They don’t get a lot of credit, not a lot of stats. Diana Deer, Kimbra Hoehn and Amber Fisher all did an excellent job.”

The Lady Ads won two games against Bearden and Lenoir City at WBHS Thursday, Sept 7.

The first game against rival school Bearden played out in the blue and silver’s favor. Farragut won 25-19, 25-8.

Benorden led with 10 points, five aces and five kills. Amanda Mitchell added to the Admiral effort with six kills and six blocks. Eden Watts also added five kills.

“It was a good night,” Moore said. We were a little sluggish against Bearden to start with, but a lot of that was them. They played well against us early. I thought our passing was a lot better in the second game. We know Bearden’s a good team and always going to play us tough all the time.”

Farragut’s next game was a win against Lenoir City 25-8, 25-11. Julia Mathes led the attack with eight points, four aces and five assists. Kayleigh Zavadil scored three points and Lindsey West had seven assists.


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