The Lady Indians not only recognized their five-member senior class, they also earned at least a share of the Big 6 Conference title with Monday’s 25-22, 25-23, 25-13 sweep of Science Hill inside the Buck Van Huss Dome.
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D-B (29-5, 8-1) can earn the title outright with a win tonight at Volunteer.
“It’s good to know we are in control of our own destiny and it’s something we’ve talked about all season long,” said Lady Indians coach Megan Devine.
All the seniors — Abby Byington, Chelsie Crussell, McCoy Hensley, Lauren Patterson and Jessi McReynolds — played prominent roles in the victory.
“It was a really big deal for us to come in here tonight and get this done,” McReynolds said. “We had a lot of momentum on our side, especially at the end, so it’s a great feeling.”
Orchestrating an offense with a few new wrinkles, McReynolds dished out 19 assists and came away with six digs.
Five D-B players had at least six kills, led by Byington with nine and Hannah Watson with eight. Byington added two blocks and Watson two aces and six digs.
“We ran a lot of different patterns in our offense,” McReynolds added. “We had some slides for our middles. They are our horses, so it’s great to always feed them.”
Patterson delivered three kills in the decisive third set.
“It was a lot of fun out there tonight, especially being one of the seniors,” she said. “This is something that I will never forget.”
Coach Laura Cook was pleased her Lady Hilltoppers played even for two sets in the same venue that will host next week’s District 1-AAA tournament. Science Hill (21-13, 4-5) plays at Daniel Boone tonight with a chance at a third-place finish in the league.
“We are getting there,” Cook said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. We played two awesome sets, let it get away from us in the third, but I’m proud of their effort. They got after it tonight.”
Chloe Foster dished out 23 assists and came up with seven digs for the Lady ’Toppers. Claire Thomas notched nine kills, Caitlin Crockett six and Jesse Franks five to go with 11 digs. Abby Stout had three aces and a dozen digs, and Riley Layton finished with eight digs.
While Devine went heavy with her seniors, the Lady Indians’ entire arsenal was on display.
“I think it was a good night for us to celebrate our seniors and get everybody in,” the coach said.
“I think we did an OK job, not exactly the way we want to do our showing. We were a little slow tonight, but we got the job done and we’re ready for Volunteer tomorrow.”
Caroline Cable added seven kills, Staley Humphries came away with 17 digs and Carly Shell 11 digs. Chloe Harless led the defense with 23 digs, Lexi Harless dished out six assists and had three digs, and Rylee Waye had nine assists and six digs.
Hensley added six kills and two blocks, and Crussell produced six winners.
“This group of seniors is a great group of girls to be around,” Devine said. “We have a great time together. They are fun, they are loving and the whole team loves to rally around and support each other.”