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Humphries, Waye power Tribe over rival 'Toppers

Jeff Birchfield • Aug 21, 2018 at 11:41 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Dobyns-Bennett started fast and finished strong to beat Science Hill 3-1 in Big 6 Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night.

The Lady Indians’ 25-14, 24-26, 25-19, 25-13 win kept them undefeated in four matches this season.

Staley Humphries led the way with a double-double of 15 kills and 24 digs. Rylee Waye also had a double-double of 40 assists and 12 digs along with four aces.

“I think Rylee did a really good job in our spread offense and you can tell by our attackers,” D-B coach Megan Devine said. “Everybody is contributing. We’re not just having that one person put the ball away. She’s doing a really good job moving the ball around.”

Science Hill (7-2) played without coach Laura Cook, who was on maternity leave. Her sister, Lindsay Richards, served as the interim coach Tuesday night, although she also has a baby due this week. Coach Cook, who has been watching match film with her sister during her absence, is expected to be back soon.

Part of what she would have seen Tuesday was Science Hill winning a closely contested second set in which neither team gained more than a three-point advantage.

“I asked the girls at the end of the match if they could tell a difference in their fire and passion in the second game compared to the rest,” Richards said. “We just have to maintain that throughout the match.”

Attie Forbes had 16 kills to lead Science Hill, followed by Claire Thomas with seven. Alyssa Neal provided 23 assists and two aces, and Chloe Smith had 19 assists. Meghan Carroll ended with 15 digs followed by Kenzie Clark with 14. Ella Gay wound up with three blocks.

However, the Lady Indians were stout up front with Caroline Cable accumulating nine kills, Sithney Wolfe eight kills, Courtney Whitson seven kills and three blocks, and Hannah Watson seven kills.

“Coach Devine always talks about you never want to underestimate someone, especially at their home gym,” Cable said. “They came out fighting, but we were pushing it. They definitely had the momentum in that second set, but our serve-receive got better and we started being more aggressive at the net. We were smarter about placing the ball instead of just getting it over the net.”

Chloe Harless led the Tribe with 17 digs. Carly Shell added 13 and Zoie Larkins had 11.

D-B next plays at Morristown West on Thursday at 6 p.m. Science Hill heads to Unicoi County for a match at that time.

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