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Moore’s FHS ‘Big 9’ includes UT commitment
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David Moore’s “big nine” will look to restore Farragut High School volleyball’s regular place in sub-state battles that lead to Murfreesboro and the Class AAA state tourney.

Though last year’s Lady Ads again swept through District 4-AAA play, regular season and tournament, as champs (45-9 overall record), Oak Ridge ended FHS’s state dreams in the Region 2-AAA tourney.

“I just feel like it’s a group that hopefully’s going to have a goal to kinda get back over the hump that we didn’t get to last year … hopefully that’ll be motivation,” coach Moore said, adding that 2007 was the first year FHS didn’t make it to sub-state “in several years.”

Though looking to avenge last year’s post-season shortcoming, graduation losses leave questions about the team’s middle hitting despite promising talent eager to fill that void.

“We’re not quite as big, losing Amanda [Mitchell, standout middle hitter],” Moore said. “We’ve always kinda been blessed with big blocking middles.”

However, “Natalia [Hayes] does a great job for us,” Moore added about his senior middle hitter, a returning starter, “She’ll be our number one middle. Just not as big and tall as some of the other kids we’ve had. Probably going to play a freshman at the other spot.

“We’re not going to be as good a blocking team as we’ve been, but hopefully we’ll make up for that with good defense and quickness, and generating a lot more offense, hopefully.”

Overall, “It’s a good group … I think it’s a pretty deep group all the way down to the freshmen,” Moore said. “Hopefully our leadership’s going to be a strong point.”

Moore lists eight other key players counted on to carry his team.

Kylann Scheidt, junior outside hitter/setter and All-District in 2007, has already committed to The University of Tennessee. “She’s an outstanding player,” Moore said. “She’ll be a key blocker.

“Kara Gregg returns as an outside hitter, she’s our best hitter, outstanding hitter,” Moore said about the senior All-District honoree in 2007. “She’s going to be our go-to person.

“Really has come on and doing well in practice and our camps.”

Among her improved skills, Gregg said her “vertical [leap] has improved since last year. And from my club season, that helped me improve a lot.”

Senior Ariel Lebert, All-District last year, will man the other outside hitter spot. “We’re going to rely on her to be solid and steady with what she does,” Moore said. “She’s been a varsity player four year, so hopefully her experience will kinda help lead us there.”

Lebert said she’s making a “tough” position change. “This season’s been tough ’cause I played a different position for club [libero] than I’m playing for high school,” she said. “Now my legs are going to have to get used to jumping, blocking and being more offensive-minded. But I think it’ll help the team more.”

Senior Julia Mathes, All-District last year, is a third-year starting setter. “Just solid, does things we need for her to do for us to be better,” Moore said. “She really improved last year as a server. We’ll kinda lean on her.”

Mathes said she’s “hoping for a lot” from the 2008 team, adding, “I think we’ll get to state. I think we’ll do pretty well and work hard as a team.”

Senior Melissa Eggert, a new starter, is a right side hitter. “She works really hard, does a lot of things well,” Moore said. “Just one of those steadying influences on the floor.”

Eggert said, “Individually, I just hope to improve on hitting and get better at blocking and make some major points in games.”

Senior Dessi Klonaris, out last season with a torn ACL, returns “100 percent” as libero. “Excellent passer, works hard,” Moore said.

“We’re going to need her to be a good passer for us for us to be able to accomplish what we want to do.”

Klonaris said her recovery “was kinda hard because it had been a while since I’d played, and all these girls had been playing all year. But after a couple of weeks I started to get the hang of things again.”

Among young Lady Ads, though sophomore Kassie Detchemendy is listed as an outside hitter, Moore said she could play several positions. “She will be a utility player,” Moore said. “She’s going to be valuable, get a lot of playing time.”

Younger still is freshman Kendall Knisley. “Right now it looks like she’s got a chance to be our other middle [hitter]. ... I’m happy with her progress so far,” Moore said.

Other Lady Ads hoping to contribute are Tia King, Chelsey Smith, Brandi Guidish, Courtney Madden, Kelsey Bellich, Riley Miller, Meghan Glintenkamp, Kayla Hartman, Paige West, Julia Alves and Shannon Bohnenberger.

 

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