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Science Hill breezes past Unicoi in straight sets

Tanner Cook • Updated Sep 5, 2018 at 8:36 PM

The Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers’ volleyball team picked up a nonconference win Wednesday night over the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils in straight sets, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-12.

Claire Thomas led the attack for Science Hill with 14 kills.

Jesse Franks and Riley Layton stood out on defense for the Lady ’Toppers with 12 and 10 digs, respectively. Alyssa Neal chipped for Science Hill with 23 assists.

“We’re trying to stress starting strong and finishing strong,” Science Hill head coach Laura Cook said. “We just need a complete set and a complete match. They just came in and decided they were going to take care of business. Anytime we schedule nonconference, it’s only to help us.”

In the first set, the Lady Devils got out to a 11-9 lead and the service line was clicking for Unicoi. However, Science Hill quickly turned the set around by taking a 12-11 lead and never looking back.

The second set was almost shot-for-shot as the teams exchanged the first 20 points of the set to be tied at 10. The Science Hill service line proved to be the deciding factor in the second set after the Lady ’Toppers took five straight points and spurted out to a 15-10 lead.

Science Hill outscored Unicoi 15-5 after that 10-all tie, and went on to win the set.

In the final set, the size of the Science Hill front line took advantage and dominated at the net, sending several Unicoi shots back.

“Last time we played Science Hill, we played them at home (at Unicoi) and we took them to four games,” Unicoi head coach LeAnn Lane said. “We know we’re capable of beating them. We’re down to nine players right now and some of the girls are tired. We don’t have much of a bench. We’re working with what we’ve got.

“We can take things from the nonconference matches and go back to look where we need to adjust on defense and where we can place the ball on offense.”

Sarah Grace Larkey led Unicoi with five kills, five assists and seven digs. Chloe Powers added four kills and five digs for the Lady Devils.

Science Hill travels to the Rocky Top Classic in Sevierville this weekend while Unicoi County travels to Johnson County on Thursday.

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