The Lady Trailblazers spread the wealth on the front line by scoring 34 of their 75 points via kills on the way to a 3-0 win interstate volleyball win over Gate City.
Daniel Boone coach and former Gate City star Chelsea Spivey Baker was pleased with her team’s play at the net. But she was happier with the Lady ’Blazers’ defensive effort in the 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 victory.
“We’re doing a good job of picking up the defense in order to set up the offense,” Baker said. “Everything starts with the defense and our defense really picked up tonight in order to get our offense going.”
Boone (4-2) got a balanced offensive attack with Mackenzie Sweigart and Jaycie Jenkins knocking down 10 kills apiece. Greyson Stevens added seven kills and 11 digs.
“We have a lot of hitters. We have hitters playing the back row, so we have hitters on the court pretty much the whole time,” Baker said.
McKenna Dietz added 29 assists and nine digs, and Jenkins had 13 digs.
The loss in the Lady Blue Devils’ season opener came against a solid Boone squad, but coach Amy Reed was offering no excuses.
“You start fast and aggressive, you’ve got to finish it. And that’s what we’ve got to learn to do: finish what we’ve started,” Reed said. “We’re going to do better.
“Offense is all over the place. Whether it’s a swing, whether it’s a serve or a dig, we’ve got to take care of that and we’ve got to finish it and get it on the other side.
“It’ll iron out, work itself out,” Gate City’s coach added. “I know what we can do. I know what our ability is. We’ll be OK.”
The Lady Blue Devils got 32 assists from Kaylee Jenkins, 10 kills from Sarah Thompson, nine kills from Kinslee Hammonds and 11 digs from Aubrie Penley.
The Lady Trailblazers are in action again Tuesday with a trip to Tennessee High.
The Lady Blue Devils are off until Sept. 4 when they travel to Lee High for a Mountain 7 District contest.