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Devine’s Indians sweep Falcons for win No. 24

Tanner Cook • Sep 21, 2018 at 12:56 AM

KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett volleyball team continued building an impressive season Thursday night at the Buck Van Huss Dome with a Big 6 Conference win over Volunteer in straight sets, 25-14, 25-20, 25-11.

The win was the Lady Indians’ 24th of the season, opposite one loss.

“We’re playing at a really big tournament in Spartanburg this weekend and we’re going to see a lot of good teams,” D-B coach Megan Devine said. “This is the time of year that we really need to be peaking and be playing at our best. I think we played pretty well out there tonight, considering we had some long five-set matches earlier in the week.”

Despite the loss, Lady Falcons coach Josh Wenger is excited about how the core group has come together this year.

“We had a strong core coming back and we’re still excited about it,” Wenger said. “We have some leaders in key positions, but our problem this year has been finishing.

“We’ve been very competitive throughout the season. Within the conference, we’ve pushed a lot of teams to five sets — but we’ve continually come up a little short.”

Three D-B players were in double figures for kills, led by Staley Humphries’ 13. Hannah Watson added 11 and Courtney Whitson 10.

Rylee Waye had 36 assists for the Tribe and Chloe Harless supplied 18 digs.

Gracie Smith led Volunteer (15-14) with seven kills. Smith and Jersey Wines each had eight digs, and Sydney Dobbs tallied 13 assists.

The Tribe got off to a shaky start in the first set, trailing 4-1, but quickly righted ship for a 8-4 lead. The advantage swelled to as many as 12 points before D-B put away the set.

Volunteer played much better in the second set, battling the Lady Indians for every point. D-B appeared to have seized an advantage, opening up a 9-6 lead, but the Lady Falcons answered by taking the lead back at 11-10.

The match went back and forth, resulting in a 20-20 tie. Volunteer had golden opportunities to seize the set but couldn’t take advantage, and D-B scored five straight points to close it out.

The final set was all Lady Indians.


The Lady Indians travel to Spartanburg, S.C., this weekend for a tournament at Dorman High School.

Volunteer return home for the first time since Sept. 6, hosting Sullivan Central on Monday.

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