KINGSPORT — The magic ran out for the Science Hill volleyball team.
A day after beating the No. 1 overall seed Dobyns-Bennett in the winner’s bracket of the District 1-AAA tournament, the Hilltoppers fell 3-0 to No. 2 Tennessee High on Wednesday night.
“We could never get our offense going,” said Science Hill head coach Laura Cook. “We started way too slow. We really didn’t start to get anything going until the third game. I thought we were going to win that third game.”
The ’Toppers fell behind early and eventually lost the set. In the second set, the they fell behind 19-9 before a timeout was called by coach Cook to regroup.
After the timeout, Science Hill scored, but the Vikings responded with a quick 4-0 run to go up 23-10. The Vikings were able to put away the ’Toppers and the second set, 25-12.
It looked like the clock was about to strike midnight for Science Hill, but they came out in the third set and quickly went up 3-0 before Tennessee High even got a sniff of the ball.
As Tennessee High slowly climbed back into the match, the short bench for Science Hill was becoming evident, but the ’Toppers were a resilient bunch and led by one point six times different times.
Deep into the third set, Science Hill led 20-19 before the Vikings fought back to take the 23-22 lead. The Vikings won the set 25-22 and advanced to the championship match.
“We had a lot of unforced errors in the first two games. We’ll get there,” said Cook.
Abby Stout led the Lady ’Toppers with seven kills. Chloe Foster had 22 assists and Jessie Franks had seven digs. Stout also had three aces on the night.
The ’Toppers will take on the Volunteer Falcons, who eliminated the Tribe earlier in the evening, Thursday night as they hope to keep their chances alive in the tournament.