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Dobyns-Bennett volleyball stays perfect against Science Hill

Jeff Birchfield • Aug 21, 2018 at 9:28 PM

Dobyns-Bennett started fast and finished strong to beat Science Hill 3-1 in Big Seven Conference volleyball action and stay perfect early in the season on Tuesday night.

The Lady Indians won 25-14, 24-26, 25-19, 25-13 to improve to 4-0 this season.

Staley Humphries led the way with a double-double of 15 kills and 24 digs. Rylee Waye also had a double-double with 40 assists, 12 digs and 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) was without head 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 the 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 D-B with 17 digs, as Carly Shell had 13 digs and Zoie Larkins had 11 digs.

Dobyns-Bennett will play 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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