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Win No. 700 means ‘Moore is better’ with FHS volleyball
Alcoa is Farragut skipper’s milestone-setting victim; Lady Ads fifth in Choo-Choo Classic


Make it 700 wins for coach David Moore as skipper of Farragut High School varsity volleyball.

In his 23rd season as Lady Admirals head coach — compiling five Class AAA state tourney appearances and nine District 4-AAA league and tourney crowns — Moore earned No. 700 Tuesday, Sept. 1.

It came with a 25-8, 25-13, 25-15 game sweep versus Alcoa in FHS's Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Dwayne Simmons, FHS athletics director, said of Moore, “You're always looking for a coach who's dedicated, who's patient. ... I just want to say, congratulations.”

With a cake baked in his honor to go with a handful of “Moore 700” signs pasted around the gym, the coach himself deflected credit back to the players during a post-match celebration in the gym concourse.


“It just means I've been coaching so long, and I've had great kids,” he told the gathering. After a handful of players and parents shouted “speech,” Moore answered, “eat.”

Kylann Scheidt, standout senior outside hitter, co-captain and Tennessee Lady Vols signee, said of Moore, “He's a great coach, he's been doing this forever. He's just so dedicated to us. It's great to get his 700th win for him. I've been with him for his 600th and 700th, so it's really an honor to play for him,” she said.

Riley Miller, junior co-captain defensive specialist, also remembers his 600th win. “I'm honored to play with him so long, and to have special moments like this to share with him,”

The coach later said about the milestone, “It's a reflection of being blessed with a lot of great kids along the way. I've managed to stay in this a long time ... it's a tribute to this group and all the past kids I've had, too, that contributed to that. I hope I've made a positive impact on their lives.”

Moore also has won six Region 2-AAA championships and has reached sectional round 12 times.

FHS CHOO-CHOO

Among a 32-team field, Farragut took fifth at the annual Choo-Choo Classic in Chattanooga last weekend (6-2 record).

Entering the week FHS sported a 17-4 overall record.

Winning its pool Friday night, Sept. 4, the Lady Ads beat Cookeville (Class AAA state tournament qualifier last season), East Hamilton and Chattanooga Christian.

In Saturday's early rounds, Farragut advanced by beating Boyd Buchanan {Class AA state-runners-up in 2008) then Greenbrier (AA state champ, '08), before loosing to Soddy-Daisy in three games.

In the “Gold Tournament” FHS beat Baylor in straight games before losing to Sullivan South in the Choo-Choo quarterfinals.

“It was a huge team effort and we are getting better each time we go on the court,” Moore said. “Seven of the eight teams we played were very high quality teams that will make us better.

“I am pleased with our start.”

Individually, “Kylann had an outstanding tournament setting and hitting and had big blocking matches versus Soddy Daisy, Chattanooga Christian and Boyd Buchanan,” Moore said.

“Riley had a good passing tournament and Kassie[Detchemendy, junior outside hitter] hit and served extremely well,” the coach added.

All Choo-Choo matches were best two out of three games.

 

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