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Lady Hilltoppers fall prey to Sullivan South

Tanner Cook • Aug 30, 2018 at 9:57 PM

KINGSPORT — Thursday night’s assignment was a tough one for Science Hill’s volleyball team.

Picking up a non-conference home win, Sullivan South made quick work of the Lady Hilltoppers by sweeping them in three sets — 24-15, 25-23 and 25-23.

The Lady Rebels (8-6) started out quickly in the first set, going up 7-3 before Science Hill called for a timeout to regroup.

It didn’t help much, though, as South continued to roll and went up 13-3 before coasting to win the opening set.

“They jumped on us quick,” Science Hill head coach Laura Cook said. “They were really aggressive early. We’ve been on both sides of those types of games this year and it’s not fun.

“The momentum is hard to swing back, but we did in the second set. That was a positive we took from tonight. We fought back when we could’ve just quit. We’re getting better and these hard non-conference games help us.”

South went down early in the final two sets and had to rally multiple times to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Lady Rebels in the second set were down 23-18, but responded with seven straight points to close it out.

“That rally was awesome,” South head coach Wendy Ratliff said. “It’s awesome to see them coming together and starting to love each other and trust each other. They’re getting better.”

Maddie Townsend was a standout performer for the Lady Rebels with six aces and 12 kills on the night. Abbey Jane also contributed with 10 kills. Makkenzie Compton had 18 assists.

On the defensive side, Meredith St. Clair had 22 digs to lead South.

For Science Hill (11-3), Riley Layton and Claire Thomas each had six kills. Alyssa Neal had 15 assists.

For the Lady ’Toppers defensively, Meghan Carroll had 13 digs and Kenzie Clark had 11.

Tuesday

Science Hill 3, David Crockett 0

Behind Ella Gay’s eight kills and Chloe Smith’s 15 assists, the Lady Hilltoppers turned back David Crockett (25-17 25-12 25-23).

Claire Thomas contributed seven kills for Science Hill, which got 13 assists from Alyssa Neal. Kenzie Clark coupled 12 digs with two aces while Meghan Carroll added 10 digs.

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