High school volleyball
Townsend leads South to sweep of Science Hill
Aug 30, 2018 at 9:48 PM
KINGSPORT — The Sullivan South volleyball team picked up a home nonconference win on Thursday night against Science Hill, making quick work of the Lady Hilltoppers by sweeping them in three sets 25-14, 25-23 and 25-23.
The Lady Rebels (8-6) started out quickly in the first set by going up 7-3 before Science Hill called for a timeout to regroup.
It didn’t help much, though, as South continued to roll, went up 13-3 and cruised 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 nonconference 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 rallied 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. Abbey Jayne also contributed with 10 kills. Makkenzie Compton had 18 assists.
On defense, 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 on defense, Meghan Carroll had 13 digs and Kenzie Clark had 11.