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Business as usual: FHS volleyball wins 4-AAA title


David Moore said his Farragut Lady Admirals are adept at rescuing seemingly lost causes — namely key volleyball games.

Game four of the District 4-AAA Tournament championship match versus Maryville was yet another crunch-time example.

Ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five match, FHS saw the Lady Rebels seize momentum to win game three (26-24) then move within a point of evening the match, leading 24-19 in game four.

The Lady Admirals rescuing effort started with a 5-0 run to tie it 24-24 before fighting off two more MHS game points to eventually beat Maryville 28-26 and win the tourney crown at South-Doyle High School, Wednesday, Oct. 15.


“We’ve done that a few times this year ... we’ve found ways to win.,” coach Moore said about rallying late in key games, recalling a similar rally to beat Oak Ridge.

“That’s usually the sign of a good team,” he added. “Just a great overall effort from all of them. They all stepped up and made big plays.”

Farragut (pictured above with 4-AAA title plaque), already having won the program’s sixth straight regular season 4-AAA title (tying Maryville at 13-1), improves its overall mark to 44-5.

Cara Gregg, FHS senior outside hitter and All-Tournament honoree, had four consecutive service points in the game four rally, including an ace that tied it 24-24. “Cara made big plays when we had to have them,” Moore said of Gregg, who ended with 19 kills, five blocks and three aces.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Kylann Scheidt, junior outside hitter/setter, added a block and a kill during the rally.

Ariel Lebert, FHS senior outside hitter, smacked the winning kill in game four to seal the deal. “That was pretty awesome,” Lebert said about the kill, the last of nine she had versus MHS. Lebert added four blocks.

Moore said Lebert “played big tonight,” adding, “Ariel’s been solid all year.”

Scheidt, a Tennessee commitment, ended with 16 blocks, 14 kills and 21 assists.

About game four’s rally, “That shows just how much our team wanted to win this,” Scheidt said. “We’re known for getting down quite a bit and then coming back. But we just, like, pulled it together and finally found our intensity.”

Moore said of Scheidt, “She’s just solid, she’s a special player. She’s a great setter and she does great things around the net … going to come up with big plays when you have to have big plays.”

Claiming its third 4-AAA tourney title in the last four years, Farragut whipped Sevier County in the semifinals Wednesday before beating MHS in game one 25-20 — closing with a 10-3 run.

The Lady Admirals trailed 17-16 in game two, but took advantage of late-game Lady Rebel mistakes to eventually win 25-22.

Among the key points was a diving save by senior setter Julia Mathes that ended with an FHS point, making it 21-18 Farragut.

Senior middle hitter Natalia Hayes, also an All-Tournament selection, added 10 blocks and three kills against Maryville. “I feel good for Natalia for making the All-Tournament team, she had a good night tonight,” Moore said. “Stepped up big for us tonight. … She had a bunch of service points, she had some big serves. Didn’t miss a serve for us tonight.”

Moore said Dessi Klonaris, senior defensive specialist, and Kassie Detchemendy, sophomore outside hitter, “passed great,” adding that senior outside hitter/setter Melissa Eggert “made some great hustle plays.”

Region 2-AAA play was Tuesday, Oct. 21 (after press deadline), at FHS. Region finalists advance to Sectional play Thursday, Oct. 23, with local match and upper East Tennessee match starting at 7 p.m.

 

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