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Lady Indians oust Lady Bulldogs, earn state tournament berth

October 17th, 2013 11:04 pm by George Thwaites

Lady Indians oust Lady Bulldogs, earn state tournament berth

D-B's Taylor Henry (10) was virtually unstoppable as she slammed down 21 kills in the Lady Indians TSSAA sectional win over Knox Bearden.

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KINGSPORT — Taylor Henry exploded for 21 kills and Dobyns-Bennett overpowered Knox Bearden 25-12, 25-22, 25-21 in Thursday's TSSAA Class AAA sectonals at the Buck Van Huss Dome.

 The Lady Indians (39-9)  will now advance to the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament  for the first time since losing to  Ravenwood  in the finals under Kathi Shaffer in 2010. 

Head coach Wendy Baker was an assistant coach on that team  as well as on the Shaffer squad that took the title  in 2009.

The Class AAA matches will be played at Middle Tennessee State University Oct. 23-25. The brackets will be posted after all of Thursday’s sectional matches are sorted out.

Makenzie Frohlich had eight kills for the Lady Indians.  Kerri Jones had  36 assists and 10 digs. Whitley Starnes and Sasha Morrisette had five kills apiece.

Libero Lexi Hartsock led the defensive end with 18 digs.  Frohlich pried up 16 and Morrisette collected 15, including   a couple of miraculous saves that prevented the Lady Bulldogs from regaining momentum. 

Henry, however, was D-B’s Doomsday Weapon.   She went off like a cluster bomb in the middle of the first game, lending four crushing kills and a block to a 7-1 run that propelled the Tribe toward its inevitable set point.

Rachael Horne had eight kills to lead Bearden (41-12) also collecting two blocks. Eleni Georgiafandis had 14 digs. McClellan had six kills and three blocks.  Lady Bulldogs setter Carrie McGinnis painfully stove a finger near the end of the first game, playing the next two sets with her right hand taped up in a makeshift splint.

Read more in Friday's print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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