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FHS claims 4-AAA tourney title; VolleyDogs rally for region berth

While Farragut won yet another District 4-AAA Volleyball championship — this one at Maryville Wednesday, Oct. 14 — rival Bearden made a dramatic rally in the semifinals and earned a Region 2-AAA berth.

“We played well against Bearden,” said Lady Admirals head coach David Moore, beating BHS in four games in the tourney final. “Bearden, after making a huge comeback win against Catholic, probably ran out of gas there at the end.” (More about the VolleyDogs later in this story).

Farragut enters the week 40-8.

“Kylann [Scheidt] had her typically good night all around,” Moore said about his tourney MVP, who had 20 assists, 15 kills and five blocks versus Bearden.

Moore also praised two other All-tourney honorees: “Riley [Miller] did a good job passing,” while Kassie Detchemendy “played well” after being sick earlier last week.

“I thought that Kendall [Knisley] and Kelsey [Bellich] both did an excellent job blocking for us,” Moore added. “Kendall had a good night offensively.

“Kayla [Hartman] had one service stretch that probably helped win the Bearden [match].”

Farragut and Bearden advanced to Region 2-AAA play at Anderson County Tuesday, Oct. 20 (after press deadline), where FHS faced District 3-AAA tourney runner-up Oak Ridge while the VolleyDogs played 3-AAA champ Karns.

Semifinal winners play in Sectional action tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, with 2-AAA champ hosting Region 1-AAA runner-up at 7 p.m.

About her team’s rally to beat KCHS 17-25, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-4, Bearden head coach Jennifer Allen said, “I think they had a lot of confidence they could come back.”

With a 36-13 record entering the week, Allen said this BHS team is the best she’s had since one of her early 1990s VolleyDog teams went to state. “It’s perseverance ... everybody comes together — I played 13 girls at different times,” Allen said. “Everybody has a different role ... they're fighters.”

Bearden junior middle hitter Tara Robertson joined BHS senior outside hitter Sloane Gouffon as All-District tourney honorees.

“Sloane started out not having too good of a night, and then really saved several plays for us,” Allen said. “Saved one ball running into a door — had a pretty good contusion on her knee.

“Tara had a good night all the way around.”


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