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Tribe volleyball remains perfect with sweep of Tennessee High

JOHNNY WILSON • Aug 31, 2018 at 12:53 AM

BRISTOL — The list of Dobyns-Bennett’s 2018 volleyball victims — Morristown West, Ooltewah, Boone, Science Hill, Gibbs, Carter, Farragut, Oak Ridge, Anderson County, South, Crockett — reads like lyrics from a Johnny Cash song.

So go ahead and add Tennessee High to the roll call.

On Thursday night at Viking Hall, the Lady Indians kept their perfect record intact with a 25-13, 25-11, 25-17 waltz past Tennessee High.

The Tribe has been (nearly) everywhere and now has won 16 of 16 matches.

“We are on a mission,” said third-year D-B head coach Megan Devine. “We have not achieved what we want to achieve, and the group I have this year has made their mind up as to where we want to be in the end.

“But we are taking it one game at a time instead of looking too far down the road, like we’ve done in the past.”

COACH KNOWS

Devine’s team a year ago finished with a 30-6 record but failed to get out of District 1-AAA. The Lady Indians want to learn from that disappointment.

“The sky’s the limit for this team, but we want to make sure we peak at the right time,” Devine said. “We just want to play consistent Dobyns-Bennett volleyball. If we do that, we’ll be successful.”

Devine, a 2009 state volleyball champion at D-B who went on to play for her mother (Lindsey Devine) at ETSU and then professionally in Sweden, likely knows what she’s talking about.

“These kids play with confidence and a chip on their shoulder because we know we’re going to get everyone’s best shot,” Devine said.

“They’ve played a lot of club ball together and know each other’s tendencies.They train together, work well together. We just have an all-around great team.”

GREAT BALANCE

The Tribe dominated the Lady Vikings at the net, with 6-foot-2 Hannah Watson (13 kills) and Courtney Whitson (10 kills) feasting on a few of Rylee Waye’s 29 assists.

D-B also received six kills and 17 digs from Staley Humphries, while libero Chloe Harless led the defense with 23 digs from the back row.

“My middles (Watson and Whitson) are our horses,” Devine said. “They both do a great job blocking to transition to being available offensively to put it away.

“And then we have Humphries and Caroline Cable on the outside, who are also our go-to hitters. I have Sithney Wolfe and Meg Maynor on the right — I mean, who knows where we’re going to be attacking from, ya know?”

And defensively, Devine is in good hands with Harless, Carley Shell and Zoie Larkins continually digging up the opposition’s best blasts.

“Not much gets past those three,” Devine said. “They do a great job working back there to put up balls for our setter (Wade) to distribute to our hitters.”

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