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Living on the edge, FHS No. 2 in region, 4-AAA champ
Karns ends VolleyDogs season, then blanks Lady Ads in region final

Karns brought a hefty 56-5 record, to go with its hefty size advantage, into its Region 2-AAA Volleyball Tournament championship match against Farragut Tuesday night, Oct. 19.

District 3-AAA’s best team became Region 2-AAA’s best team after three games, as the Lady Beavers dominated District 4-AAA league and tournament champ FHS 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“They’re a great team, they’re really well coached and they’re very strong,” said All-Region tourney honoree Kendall Knisley, whose team enters Sectional play on the road against the Region 1-AAA champ Thursday evening, Oct. 21, with a 33-14 record.

“We didn’t come out as strong as we should have, but I think we played well against a very, very good team,” the FHS junior added.

Kayla Hartman, FHS junior setter, joined Knisley on the All-Region tourney team.

“We just came out too flat against Karns tonight,” FHS head coach Susan Davidson said.

Farragut’s latest trip to Sectionals was made possible thanks to a four-game semifinal victory against Anderson County.

Winning the first two games with relative ease (25-18, 25-14), the Lady Ads stumbled in game three, 20-25, before pulling away in game four and winning 25-14.

”I thought in our first match that Kendall Knisley played a really good match,” said Davidson, also praising the serving of Shannon Bohnenberger.

“Our lone senior, Kassie Detchemendy, I though she was the one that kept us focused … she brought intensity and brought some great kills and some super defense for us.”

Meanwhile, Bearden caught the wrath of Karns in a less opportune situation, the region semifinals, where the VolleyDogs were swept.

A season BHS head coach Jennifer Allen labeled as “great, with a great group of girls” finishes with a 36-9 record.

Powerful play from the All-Region tourney trio of Kelsey Handel (region MVP), Ashley Ferris and Lauren Bonee led Karns to the region crown.

In game one of the title match, Farragut’s early 8-4 lead was erased by a 6-0 Karns run. The Lady Ads erased Karns’ 20-18 advantage with help from a Paige West kill and a Knisley dink shot, putting FHS up 22-21.

But a net violation, two mis-hit balls and a Handel kill gave KHS the game’s final four points, and a 25-22 win.

Twelve unanswered Lady Beavers points in game two, adding up to a 15-1 run and featuring numerous KHS kills, turned a 6-3 Farragut lead into an 18-7 Karns advantage.

Game three featured numerous Farragut mistakes.

Bearden senior middle hitter Tara Robertson, District 4-AAA MVP who played her final VolleyDogs match Tuesday, ended with nine kills and six blocks against KHS. BHS All-Region tourney honoree, junior Brittany Sliger, finished with eight kills.

“Tara’s been our leader, a four-year starter,” Allen said. “Just a great girl, a great leader.”

Other VolleyDog seniors playing their final match Tuesday were Victoria Valades, Priscilla Craig, Kelsey Graves and Mollie Bell.


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