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Setting program record, Farragut volleyball at state


Even beyond references to talent, three seniors who lead Farragut High School’s powerful volleyball team used one word to describe a school-record season.

Bonding.

“Our bond is crazy, no one can break it,” said senior All-district outside hitter Julia Alves, whose Lady Ads tied a school record for wins (52) while assuring itself the program’s best-ever winning percentage (52-4 entering the week) and a trip to the Class AAA state tourney in Murfreesboro versus Ravenwood, 42-8 (began Wednesday, Oct. 26).

That state trip was earned following a straight-game 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 Section 1-AAA victory against Region 2-AAA runner-up Morristown West (32-9) in Lynn E. Sexton gym Thursday, Oct. 20.

“Our six seniors have been best friends since freshman year,” added Alves, Region 2-AAA tournament MVP who had 13 kills and 11 points Thursday.


Meghan Glintenkamp, senior defensive specialist, pointed to the team’s “bond, they’re all my best friends. ... There’s no team closer than us.”

As Farragut earns it first state trip since 2008, Glintenkamp recalled “the pain of getting on the bus” after last season’s sectional loss at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, falling short of state. “That was definitely motivation.”

Shannon Bohnenberger, senior right-side hitter, had 19 kills and 10 points with a series of laser-shot, line drive service aces.

At state, “I think we have a great chance, our bond is absolutely amazing,” Bohnen-berger said. Susan Davidson, FHS head coach, said Bohnenberger “stepped up to be a great leader for us tonight.”

Senior setter Kayla Hartman, 4-AAA league/tourney MVP, had 27 assists and 16 points. “She has just been the glue that keeps this team together,” Davidson said.

Senior Kendall Knisley, All-district middle hitter who also has contributed huge at net all season, said making it to state “is absolutely incredible.”

Paige West, all-District in regular season and tourney play as a senior outside hitter, proved key with numerous kills and blocks.

 

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