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Dobyns-Bennett sweeps Sullivan South in season opener

TANNER COOK • Aug 14, 2018 at 12:38 AM

KINGSPORT — The season started off the way it needed to for the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians volleyball team, which went on the road and swept the Sullivan South Lady Rebels 3-0 in a non-conference matchup Monday night.

Caroline Cable had 11 kills to lead the Tribe while Staley Humphries added nine.

The Tribe had a balanced offense going all night and its size seemed to bother South.

“We’re really looking forward to everyone contributing and not just one person producing this year,” D-B coach Megan Devine said. “We like having more of a spread offense so that the other side of the net doesn’t know who’s getting the ball.”

The Lady Rebels got off to a slow start in the first set but fought back to tie the set at 12. But D-B went on a 13-7 run to close out the set and win 25-19.

The second set was better for South, jumping out 3-0 early, but the Tribe fought back to earn a tie at 8. A Lady Indians 8-1 streak was too much for South to overcome, and D-B won the second set 25-20.

The Tribe had complete control in the third set and won 25-19.

“The good thing is that this is the first one and we can fix some things,” South coach Wendy Ratliff said. “A little bit of it is maturity. They’re going to have to mature. They want to win and their hearts are in it, but it’s something that they need to fix. When you have a match like that, there’s not too much you can take away.”

Katie Watson led South with seven kills while Makkenzie Compton had 10 assists. Meredith St. Clair had 12 digs.

“We had an off night at just about every position,” Ratliff said. “We had so many hitting errors, but D-B is a good team. The size just bothered us all night and we’re going to have to learn how to deal with that.”

Both teams will play at home on Tuesday, with D-B hosting David Crockett and South entertaining Chuckey-Doak. Both varsity contests are set to start at 6:30 p.m.

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