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D-B torches South to continue hot streak

Jeff Birchfield • Aug 28, 2018 at 12:12 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett continued to roll through the first part of volleyball season Monday with its second sweep of Sullivan South in the past three weeks.

The Lady Indians (14-0) wasted no time jumping out to early leads in each set of a 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 win over the Lady Rebels (6-6).

“Tonight, our side wasn’t the best volleyball, but we found a way to win,” said D-B coach Megan Devine, whose team is coming off a championship of the Early Bird tournament in Knoxville. “Our setters did a really good job spreading the offense again. That will be key for us all season because we have so many people who can do so many things for us.”

That wealth of talent was on display Monday. Staley Humphries accounted for 10 kills and 18 digs, Caroline Cable matched her with 10 kills, and Chloe Harless had a team-best 24 digs for the Tribe.

Rylee Waye led D-B with 20 assists. Courtney Whitson contributed six kills and three blocks, Hannah Watson had five blocks, Abby Fannon totaled nine assists and Carly Shell had nine digs and three aces.

Devine said with the history of the D-B vs. South rivalry, her team was determined to start strong.

“Any team can be beat,” she said. “If you put yourself in a hole, it’s hard to fight your way out of it.”

That was the case with the Lady Rebels after falling behind in each set. They battled back to tie and briefly lead in the second, but D-B reeled off six straight points with Humphries on serve.

“We just made too many errors,” South coach Wendy Ratliff said. “I felt we played better against them than the first time. It was just our inexperience, where to put the ball on the court and that kind of stuff. We’re still working on it, but we’re getting there.

“You see their skill and experience,” Ratliff said of the Lady Indians. “They put it together better and make better decisions.”

Abbey Jayne led South with 10 digs and six kills. Makkenzie Compton had nine digs and seven assists, and Olivia DeLung had eight digs.

Katie Watson had five digs and three kills and Maddie Townsend added four kills.

D-B plays at Volunteer on Tuesday night while South hosts Sullivan East.

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