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Volleyball team gets two wins in opening week

Sarah Grace Larkey digs the ball for the UCHS volleyball team during its victory over KACHEA on Friday, Aug. 18. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Keeli Parkey)

By Keeli Parkey

The Unicoi County High School volleyball (2-2, 1-1) team ended the first week of the 2017 season with a clean sweep of the team representing the Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) on Friday, Aug. 18.

During the game, the Lady Devils had a chance to showcase their skills before a packed UCHS gymnasium. The teams played during the school day and students from both the high school and middle school attended.

UCHS won the game in three sets (25-11, 25-21, 25-9).

The Lady Devils took a conference loss on Thursday, Aug. 17. On the road at Elizabethton, UCHS was swept in three games (14-25, 23-25, 27-29).

Katelyn Bennett had 8 kills and 5 digs in the loss. Sarah Grace Larkey had 7 kills. Chloe Powers had 16 digs. Emily Lamie had 12 digs.

The loss saw the return of senior Rachel Lynch to the lineup. Lynch is back after recovering from a knee injury.

“Setter Rachel Lynch was released to play on Wednesday and made an appearance in the second game with Elizabethton that sparked energy from fellow teammates,” head coach LeAnn Lane told The Erwin Record. “Her leadership on the court was well needed and will definitely be an asset for the rest of the season.”

The Lady Devils opened conference play with a victory over Johnson County in three sets. (25-19, 25-21, 25-15). Bennett had 6 kills and Larkey had 5. Powers had 15 digs, Lamie had 6, Alex Reynoso had 5 and Blake Hall had 5.

Greeneville bested the Lady Devils in three sets (23-25, 21-25, 15-25) on Monday, Aug. 14, in Greene County. Bennett had 6 kills and 9 digs. Larkey had 5 kills and 7 assists. Lamie had 3 kills and 9 digs.

Lane said she likes what she is seeing from her team thus far.

“We are doing a fantastic job of playing together as a team and continue to accomplish the goal on not missing more than two serves per game,” Lane added. “I’m very excited about how this first week has went despite losing a couple of matches. We learn from each loss and it is only going to make us better in the long run.”