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Close calls in VolleyDog 3-4 week

While Bearden is making the most of its young volleyball team with more than 20 victories and a winning record in 2008, the VolleyDogs were competitive against two of District 4-AAA’s top teams last week.

“I think we’re playing pretty well,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said, as Bearden finished 3-4 last week and enters the week 5-4 in district play. “We just had a tough week. … Just an unlucky bounce here and there. … Playing that many games in a week is hard.”

Bearden defeated Hardin Valley, William Blount and Lenoir City while losing to Anderson County, Webb, Maryville and Heritage.

The VolleyDogs won game one versus Heritage at HHS Thursday, Sept. 25, before falling, and blew a game two lead in a competitive match against Maryville that same evening. “They’re still hanging in there,” Allen said. “They’re capable of winning any night.”

Individually, “I’d say Sloane Gouffon probably stood out the most last week,” Allen said of her back row specialist. “Her defense has really picked up and helped us. She’s never played back row before anywhere. … I thought she picked it up pretty well.”

Standout Tara Robertson was expected to be near 100 percent this week, recovering from a throat-related ailment, Allen said. “She’s just now really starting to get back into it and pick up her game to where it usually is,” Allen said of Robertson.


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