Sullivan South's Rylee Milhorn returns a serve against Dobyns-Bennett during Monday's match in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
KINGSPORT — Sullivan South’s volleyball team survived another classic match with rival Dobyns-Bennett on Monday night, edging the Tribe 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 15-9 in front of a raucous home crowd.
Rylee Milhorn had a monster game for the Lady Rebels (17-3), slamming home 30 kills to go along with 16 digs.
“She’s so hard to play defense on because she swings so hard,” South coach Wendy Ratliff said of Milhorn. “You can’t move forward or else she tips it. With her vertical and her arm swing, it’s really hard to defend her. She’s incredible.”
Haley Price had 13 kills and 20 digs for South, and Brayden Hutchins made 27 digs.
Hannah Johnson and Carrie Hall did a fine job running South’s high-speed offense. Johnson dished out 31 assists and smashed five assists, and Hall had 22 assists and four aces.
Makenzee Frohlich and Taylor Henry gave D-B (10-4) a formidable attack along the front line. Frohlich finished with 13 kills and 21 digs. Henry added 12 kills.
Kerri Jones handed out 38 assists for the Tribe to go along with 15 digs. Lexi Hartsock led D-B with 28 digs and Sasha Morrisette added 19.
The teams renew their rivalry in the Buck Van Huss Dome next week.
“(The rivalry) is a good thing,” Tribe coach Wendy Baker said. “Some people will probably argue with that, but I personally enjoy it. I personally believe they’re one of the best teams in the state and they’re right down the road.
“I enjoy their coaching staff and their girls. They enjoy this and they really want to play each other. That’s how you get better.”
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