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Volleyball Ads excel; BHS ‘close,’ HVA ‘better’


Improvement across the board is the calling card of Westside Division I high school volleyball in 2010.

With an experienced team in place for rookie head coach Susan Davidson, Farragut continued its regular season District 4-AAA dominance (13-1) with another league title (29-11 overall beginning the week).

Meanwhile, Bearden found itself on Farragut's heels throughout a season filled with huge wins, entering the upcoming 4-AAA tourney tied for second-place at 10-4 (28-6 overall).

First-year Hardin Valley head coach Mike Rosenke isn't too down about his team's losing record (17-24 entering the week).

First off, the Lady Hawks are improved from last season, he said, adding the team's 11-5 District 3-AAA mark earned HVA a share of third place — up from sixth-place last season.


FARRAGUT

Davidson said her girls are showing “camaraderie,” adding, “they’re a great group of girls.”

“We don’t have a superstar, but together we can do a lot.”

Individually, the team’s lone senior, outside hitter Kassie Detchemendy, gives FHS “an incredible strong arm.”

“We’ve had great play by two juniors in the middle,” Davidson added about Kendall Knisley and Julia Alves.

“Probably our real core piece” is junior setter Kayla Hartman, Davidson said. Junior Meghan Glintenkamp “is a great setter” who is used “in the back row.”

Junior outside/middle hitter Paige West “has contributed quite a bit, she’s made some huge points,” Davidson said. “Very consistent, very energetic.”

Emily Nolan, junior back row specialist back from injury, “brings a lot of energy.” Sophomore back row specialist Erin Lewis “is about as solid as they get.”

BEARDEN

“We just have a lot of team chemistry,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said. “The girls just play well together, they get along well. They fight for each other.”

Having led the VolleyDogs for more than two decades, Allen said her 2010 team “is one of the most enjoyable I've coached.”

Senior middle hitter Tara Robertson has been named District MVP. “She has led us, she's had a really, really good year,” Allen said.

Other All-District Lady Bulldogs are senior back row specialist Victoria Valades, named Server of the Year; junior setter Alex Greene and junior outside hitter Brittany Sliger.

Season highlights include winning the annual VolleyDog Challenge (12-team field/7-0 record) finishing as co-champs with FHS (6-0 record each) in the opening-season KIL Tournament.

District 4-AAA tourney begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 12-13, at FHS.

HARDIN VALLEY

“We've made a lot of strides this year, we've already got more wins going into the last week of the season than we had all of last year,” Rosenke said. “It's a difficult situation because I'm the third [head] coach we've had in three years.”

Junior outside hitter Emily Ledet “has been an outstanding player this year,” Rosenke said.

Senior outside hitter Sarah Warner “has played tremendously well. Her biggest asset has been her passing, just spot on all year, and it's really helped solidify what we've been trying to do.”

Senior middle hitter Christi Adaline has “taken her game to the next level this year. Defensively, she's got twice as many blocks as any player on our team,” he said.

 

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