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VolleyDawgs 5-1
Bearden winning despite playing only one senior

Despite playing only one senior, the young Bearden VolleyDawgs managed a 5-1 start last week during play in the annual KIL Tournament, with all BHS games played on its home court Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25-26.

Jennifer Allen's VolleyDawgs finished strong on day two with a 3-0 match record after a 2-1 start Aug. 25.

“They played better Tuesday than they did Monday,” coach Allen said of her team that downed Halls 25-8, 25-26 and Seymour 24-26, 26-24, 15-7 Aug. 25.

The next day, Bearden beat Grace Christian Academy 25-13, 25-20, West 25-17, 25-11 and Powell 15-25, 25-11, 15-5.

“I thought we covered the ball well,” Allen added. “Overall they're doing pretty good. There's pretty much consistency over the board. We only have one senior playing now.”

Senior Riley Armstrong “has moved to setter and is playing outside. She's played really well, served the ball well.”

Melissa White, a passer who is the only other senior, is out with a broken hand.

“We've got a lot of girls stepping up,” Allen said. “Paige Graham [junior] has done well. Sloane Gouffon [junior] and Tara Robertson [sophomore] have both been big at the net.”

Allen said the 2008 VolleyDawgs, as compared to the 2007 edition, “is bigger …and we're fairly athletic.”

However, “We've got a lot of young girls, we've got a lot of girls with not much playing experience, limited varsity experience,” Allen added. “Everybody else that has played [are] playing positions that they've not played before.”

As a result, “We had to change our offense two weeks before school started,” the coach said.

Bearden's only loss was to Christian Academy of Knoxville, 20-25, 23-25.


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