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Lady Indians topple 'Blazers for Region 1-AAA title

Tanner Cook • Oct 16, 2019 at 2:07 AM

GRAY — Tuesday night’s Region 1-AAA volleyball tournament at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium looked a lot like the district final in the first three sets, but it did not end with the same result.

Dobyns-Bennett claimed the region championship with a 25-17, 26-24, 18-25, 25-17 victory over Daniel Boone.

The Lady Indians earned to the right to host Region 2-AAA runner-up Knox West on Thursday inside the Buck Van Huss Dome. Boone travels to Region 2 champion Farragut that night.

Just last week, the Tribe saw the Lady Trailblazers come back from down two sets to win the district title, but D-B would not be denied this time around.

“It was really great to see them lift each other up,” D-B coach Haley Price said. “Whoever was on the floor, the team would work together. When one kid would kind of shut down or the block would shut us down, someone else would pick it back up.

“They just rallied around each other and that’s what you hope for in the region is to step up and go after it.”

D-B senior outside hitter Staley Humphries was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after stepping up her game massively in the fourth set and taking over the match. She finished with 17 kills, a pair of aces and 24 digs.

Not bad for a second-team all-conference selection.

“You have to play good against Boone. They’re an awesome team,” Humphries said. “It’s hard to find shots playing against them because they’re just like us. They’re just as good and just as fast. We just have to work a little harder to find those spots.”

Hannah Watson had 10 kills, Sithney Wolfe and Jordan Guthrie each had eight and Meg Maynor finished with six. Defensively, Watson had four blocks and Zoie Larkins had 26 digs, Rylee Waye came up with 23 and Carly Shell added 17. Sarah Moore threw in eight digs for good measure, and Waye also had 43 assists.

Much last like week, the Lady ’Blazers took the third set, but this time they couldn’t carry the momentum into the fourth set to keep the match alive.

“Momentum was the difference in that fourth game. We couldn’t get anything going,” Boone coach Chelsea Baker said. “It’s hard to come back when you get down by 10 points. ... Both teams played hard tonight. Thursday will be a task, but it’s motivation.”

Jaycie Jenkins had 13 kills and 24 digs and Greyson Stevens recorded 11 kills to lead the Lady ’Blazers on offense. McKenna Dietz totaled 33 assists and 14 digs and Mackenzie Sweigart had four kills and 12 digs.

Laken Jones pitched in on defense with 12 digs.

SEMIFINAL ROUND

Boone made fairly quick work of Morristown West, winning their semifinal 25-15, 25-12, 19-25, 25-16.

The Lady ’Blazers had three players in double figures in kills, Sweigart with 14, Stevens with 12 and Jenkins with 10.

Jenkins also had 23 digs and Jones had 18, Dietz contributed 13 digs with 38 assist, and Dannah Persinger threw in four key blocks.

D-B breezed to the sweep of Jefferson County, 25-11, 25-13, 25-23.

The Lady Patriots had no answer for Watson in the middle and she made it look almost too easy at times, sealing the point over an undersized and slow block.

Watson wound up with 15 kills on 32 attempts. Humphries and Wolfe each finished with seven.

On defense, Watson had three blocks and Larkins came up with 21 digs. Shell had 14 digs and Moore 11.

Waye had 29 assists on offense.

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