State volleyball high finishes

Ads 2nd again

Alexis Parker, Farragut outside hitter, digs a Brentwood serve as teammate Madi Howell, libero, prepares for a possible set during this Class AAA state title match Friday, Oct. 21, in Murfreesboro. Admirals 0

Bruins 3

MURFREESBORO — Alydar was a championship-level 3-year-old thoroughbred racehorse going into the 1978 Kentucky Derby.

Its rival, Affirmed, turned out to be an all-time great champion and Triple Crown winner, leaving Alydar a close three-time Triple Crown runner-up.

Alydar and Farragut High School volleyball had the same unfortunate timing — running alongside greatness.

The Admirals’ stretch of state tournament frustration against Brentwood, the all-time TSSAA state championship leader with 12, extended to a third straight season last week.

Brentwood [51-4] won the program’s fourth consecutive state crown. FHS accepted its third straight state runner-up trophy.
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HVA 3rd in 1st state tourney

Hawk Emert Jericka [14] blocks a shot from Siegel’s Sydney Taylor as HVA teammate Isabella Mitchel, 16, is there to help. Hawks 3

Stars 0

MURFREESBORO — Overcoming a small case of “jitters” without harm, Hardin Valley Academy’s volleyball team rolled to a pair of opening-day match victories during the program’s first Class AAA State Tournament appearance.

The Hawks, eventual No. 3 state finishers, swept Ravenwood in straight games to open tourney play, then rallied to defeat Siegel in four games [16-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17] Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Middle Tennessee State University.

As opposed to being excessively tight during its first match against Ravenwood, “I think nerves come from not being prepared. I feel like we were really prepared to come here. And we just all played our guts out,” Isabella Mitchell, HVA junior outside hitter, said.
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Fulton, Farragut ‘lower shoulder,’ dump S-Doyle

A South-Doyle defender fails to bring down Cooper Hardin, Farragut running back, on this 55-yard scoring run Friday, Oct. 21. Admirals 63

Cherokees 26

For all of his “take-on tacklers” style of running as a stocky first-year starting quarterback, Farragut senior Adam Fulton had not scored a rushing touchdown at any level of football.

In addition to firing four touchdown passes against South-Doyle last Friday, Fulton finally found the end zone with his feet.

“I love running. That actually was my first rushing touchdown ever, even in little league” the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Fulton said about a 1-yard score in the first half, as Fulton helped his Admirals rip the Cherokees 63-26 at Bill Clabo Field Oct. 21. “I think I’m kind of a big kid, so I like lowering my shoulder when I can [four rushes, 52 yards Friday].”
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Four straight for Webb; KCHS 1st volleyball title

Irish outside hitter Kamila Cieslik, green, finishes off a kill against Signal Mountain in the Class A-AA state title match Friday, Oct. 21. MURFREESBORO — Webb School of Knoxville is making a habit of volleyball state titles, while Knoxville Catholic is now getting the hang of it after a No. 2 state finish last season.

Chris Hames’ run of state title success at Webb School of Knoxville, now four in a row, rivals that of Spartans football head coach Dave Meske.

Despite having no seniors, Webb made it look easy capturing Division II-A state crown No. 4, sweeping all three state matches,

The title match ended with a 27-25, 25-21, 26-24 victory versus Harding Academy [40-10] Friday morning, Oct. 21, at Middle Tennessee State University.

“Even though we’re young with no seniors, we’ve got kids who have played for a long time. They really did a good job of finishing the big points at the end. That made a difference in us winning those three sets,” said Hames, Spartans head coach, whose team ends with a 44-8 record.

Webb’s biggest weapons have been Hames’ daughters. Junior outside hitter Nicklin Hames, a three-time Division II-A state tourney MVP, is a Nebraska commitment. “Her leadership, she’s played at a very high level, and she’s obviously going to play at one of the top [college] programs in the nation,” coach Hames said.
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Webb upsets Oak Ridge, Catholic rolls

KNOXVILLE — On one hand, Webb’s last-minute 24-21 “upset” victory at home against Oak Ridge had nothing to do with the Spartans’ Division I-All playoff situation.

Then again, “Beating Oak Ridge, especially at the end of the year, is going to have an impact on the playoffs, I think,” Spartans head coach Dave Meske said. “It’s one of the biggest wins our program has ever had.”

Remember the day and location — Friday, Oct. 21, in Dave Meske Stadium — as special.

Meske said his team was especially motivated after being dominated at Blankenship Field in Oak Ridge last season. “After getting beat 62-7, that had to motivate you to play better,” he said. “We played really well on offense and defense.”
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BHS struggles at ‘the Hill’

Bulldogs 20

Hilltoppers 34

JOHNSON CITY — Collin Ironside continues to grow as a freshman starting quarterback at Bearden, giving Bulldogs fans hope for the future.

But in 2016, Bearden lost for the sixth time in its last seven games after dropping a 34-20 decision at Science Hill Friday night, Oct. 21.

Falling behind 21-7 in the third quarter, “We were never able to pull ahead of them,” said BHS head coach Morgan Shinlever, whose team stands at 3-6 overall, 1-5 in Region 1-6A. The Hilltoppers improve to 5-4, 3-3.

“Our freshman quarterback, he was getting pressured quite a bit. But he was standing in the pocket making some good throws for us,” Shinlever said about Ironside. “I was pleased with that. … He threw for, like 323 [yards] and three touchdowns.
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