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Irish win KIL, but FHS gets Early Bird revenge; VolleyDogs start fast

Revenge was in order for the Farragut Lady Admirals Volleyball team, who recorded a pair of second-place tournament finishes in its first week.

Finishing as one of three teams with one loss during two days of KIL Tournament action Aug. 20-21, FHS fell in two games to local rival and KIL champ Knoxville Catholic (25-15, 25-16).

But the Lady Ads enjoyed revenge in the semifinals of the 14-team Early Bird Tournament, the final rounds of which were held in Oak Ridge Saturday, Aug. 25. Farragut beat KCHS 16-25, 25-14, 15-7.

“We played better, and I don’t know if Catholic played as well, but we just geared our emotions the right way and came back and played well against ’em,” FHS head coach David Moore said. “I think losing to them earlier gave us some motivation to come back and win.”

Meanwhile, Bearden and Webb School also went through KIL tourney play with only one loss apiece.


The Lady Admirals began play in Oak Ridge by edging Baylor in the Early Bird quarterfinals (15-13 in the third game) before losing to Class AA rival Anderson County in the finals (25-21, 25-23).

Entering the week with an 11-2 record, Farragut’s first week of action also prompted individual player praise from Moore.

Generally pleased with his team’s start, “I’m pleased with the play of a lot of kids,” Moore said. “Amanda [Mitchell, standout outside hitter] is off to a pretty good start. “The Anderson County coach after the match was praising Diana [Deer, defensive specialist] for her passing on the back row, thought she was a key to keeping us in the game. She’s passed well, been a good leader for us.”

Setter-wise, “Julia [Mathes], Macy [Fain] and Kylann [Scheidt] have all three done a solid job,” Moore said. “I thought Kimbra [Hoehn] had a good week passing for us.”

At KIL, the Lady Admirals beat West, Webb and Carter Aug. 20, the last of which gave Moore 600 career wins. (See related story, page 13).

Day two wins at KIL came against South-Doyle, Gibbs and Seymour, all in straight games.

Pool play wins in the Early Bird tourney, played at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton’s Gymnasium, came against Morristown West, East Ridge and Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett.


The BHS VolleyDogs opened the season with KIL wins against Halls, Seymour, Gibbs, Grace Christian Academy and West before losing to Webb.

Bearden played in the Smoky Mountain Tournament Saturday, Aug. 25. (Results unavailable at press deadline).


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