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Lady Ads claim Pick ’O Dixie tourney among 20-team field

Though a traditional East Tennessee Class AAA volleyball powerhouse, Farragut’s 2008 team is ahead of schedule with a 24-2 record entering the week after another tourney victory — its third of the season.

“I’d say we’re ahead of schedule,” FHS head coach David Moore said after his Lady Ads swept through a 20-team field with a 7-0 record to win the Pick ’O Dixie Tournament in Kingsport (at Sullivan South and Sullivan Central high schools) Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13.

As for program milestones, “I think that’s the first out-of-town tournament we’ve won,” Moore added. “We’re off to an awful good start, obviously.”

Straight-game victories Friday night (all matches best two-of-three) came against Tennessee High (Bristol) and Bradley Central. Straight-game match wins Saturday were against Daniel Boone and Cherokee, making FHS 4-0 in its pool.

A quarterfinal win versus Morristown West (25-17, 20-25, 15-1) and semifinal triumph against Sullivan South (25-17, 16-25, 15-11) led up to a showdown with Morristown East in the finals.

Farragut prevailed in straight games 25-18, 25-15.

Individually, “If there had been an M-V-P for the tournament, it would have been Cara Gregg,” Moore said of his standout senior outside hitter. “She just had an outstanding tournament. She hit well, she served well, she passed well, played good defense.”

Also, “Kylann [Scheidt] and Ariel [Lebert] and Julia [Mathes] and Natalia [Hayes], I mean, all of ’em, they all had good tournaments,” Moore added.

The Lady Admirals also picked up three regular season victories last week, two of which began District 4-AAA play: Kingston Sept. 9 and 4-AAA wins at Lenoir City Thursday, Sept. 11, versus archrival Bearden and host LCHS.


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