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Lady Falcons soar to Big 6 win over Pioneers

JIMMY MOORE, TriCitiesSports.com • Aug 30, 2017 at 12:27 AM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer’s volleyball team kept up its winning ways upon its return to the Falcons Nest on Tuesday night.

Fresh off Monday’s non-conference win at Sullivan Central, the Lady Falcons pulled off a sweep of Big 6 Conference rival David Crockett, 25-15, 25-12, 25-15.

Alyssa Hatley registered a second straight double-double, 13 kills and 13 digs, while serving up a trio of aces to pace Volunteer (5-5, 2-2).

“We played a really clean game tonight and did not have as many errors as we did Monday night,” Lady Falcons coach Josh Wenger said. “When we were in tight spots tonight, the team made really good decisions whether to swing away or just tip the ball.”

Sydney Fox served the Lady Pioneers (1-5, 0-4) to a 4-0 advantage in the first set, but the Lady Falcons countered with a 15-2 run. The serving of Jersey Wines and Raenah Barton plus Hatley’s play at the net highlighted the stretch, and Volunteer took the first set.

In the second set, Hope Bachman showed her serve skills by reeling off six consecutive points, including an ace, in the quick Volunteer win.

Crockett’s struggle for consistency continued in the third set, a point not lost on first-year Lady Pioneers coach Marquis Clark. Clark noted that his juniors are adapting to their third head coach.

“We are in a hard spot,” he said. “The girls are kind of between the way they have always played and the way I want them to play. We are in that medium spot where they are reluctant, a little bit, to do everything we train on.

“In this league,” he added, “every team has one or two players if you give them anything, they’re going to take their points plus whatever you give them.”

Sydney Allen collected 13 assists and five digs for Volunteer. Sydney Dobbs added seven assists and served a pair of aces, and Wines ended with four kills and 19 digs.

Wenger sees his team moving in the direction he has been pointing.

“We’ve been talking about playing consistently while continuing to push ourselves to our maximum limit while still maintaining that consistency,” he noted.

Fox finished with 13 assists and a trio of aces. Camara Dryden added 13 digs and junior Kara Weems notched eight kills for Crockett.

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