In a five-day span, Lady Indians volleyball coach Haley Price has beaten two former coaches from her playing days at Sullivan South — Wendy Ratliff at South and Laura Cook at Science Hill — and the sweeps make it all the more sweet.
“The Battle of Kingsport was always important to us when I played and it’s nice to get a win over the alma mater,” Price said. “Being on the other side of the court is very strange and especially when it’s against Coach Ratliff.
“It’s really good to see South producing a lot of coaches in the area and to play against their teams at a high level of competition. But it does feel good getting two 3-0 sweeps.”
Staley Humphries had a double-double with 12 kills and 20 digs to pace the Tribe. Rylee Waye had 39 assists — with no errors — and six digs, and Hannah Watson had eight kills on just 16 attempts and three blocks.
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Zoie Larkins had 22 digs to lead the D-B defense, and Meg Maynor threw in six kills and two blocks to help out the offense.
Abbey Jayne had six kills and six digs for the Lady Rebels, and Katie Watson had six kills with five digs. Olivia Delung posted seven digs and six assists, Makkenzie Compton had four digs and nine assists, and McKenzie Littleton had 12 digs to helm the defensive effort.
“We’re young and we don’t have a lot of blocking,” Ratliff said. “These girls have a lot of heart and they don’t give up. Right now, Abbey is in the middle and she’s normally on the outside. ... We’ve shown a lot of improvement. At any given time, we might have five sophomores and a freshman out there. We always knew that it would be the speed of the game and they’re still learning.”
PEDAL TO THE METAL
South jumped out to a 5-2 first-set lead and kept the advantage for a majority of the first 24 points, with the exception of two ties.
However, facing a 12-9 deficit, the Lady Indians stormed into the lead, 16-12, and the Lady Rebels took a timeout. South fought off set point twice before succumbing on a Hannah Watson kill.
The second set was all D-B, which jetted to 6-0 lead and never looked back.
The third was more of the same. The Lady Indians led by as many as seven multiple times.
The Lady Rebels’ “never-say-die” attitude allowed them to again fight off match point twice before Maynor put them for good.
The Lady Indians visit Viking Hall on Tuesday to face District 1-AAA foe Tennessee High. That match is set for a 6 p.m. start.
The Lady Rebels head for Unicoi County and a District 1-AA matchup scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.