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Anderson County ends Sullivan South's state run

TANNER COOK • Oct 23, 2019 at 5:56 PM

MURFREESBORO — A thrilling five-set match with old foe Anderson County ended the Sullivan South volleyball team’s season on Wednesday morning at the TSSAA state tournament inside Blackman High School. The final tally was 25-22, 17-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-10.

The Lady Rebels (27-16) were up 2-1 and looked to be in control in the fourth set, but the Lady Mavericks (37-12) were able to fight back and win the fifth set.

For the two South seniors — outside hitter Abbey Jayne and setter Makkenzie Compton — an incredible four consecutive state tournament berths comes to a close.

“It’s been a joy to watch this team grow and improve,” South coach Wendy Ratliff said. “I really didn’t think this was where we would be right now. I’m so proud of them. … (Jayne and Compton) are always the emotional leaders on this team. They always come through, and I think they’ve set a standard for how they play. It’s also who they are as people. Their personalities and how they play show how much they care. They’re both just good souls, and that’s what you want to see from seniors.”

South looked to be in control in the fourth set as they led 17-14, but two questionable in the net calls against South swung the momentum back toward Anderson County. Both points were South winners, but were negated due to the calls.

The Lady Mavs were able to build off of that momentum and put away South in the fifth.

Jayne ended the day with 22 kills, 19 digs, two blocks and two aces. Compton had 26 assists and 12 digs, while sophomore Olivia Delung had 30 assists, 13 digs and four kills.

On defense, Allie Jordan threw in 13 digs while Katie Watson had 11 kills and four digs. One of the bright young stars showed out for South as sophomore middle blocker Izzy Musick had 14 kills, three digs, three blocks and three aces.

Susie Chatman threw in eight kills and two blocks.

“The improvement has been phenomenal with the young girls,” Jayne said. “They really didn’t know much about what they were doing coming in, but they’ve worked so hard. … It’s been a blessing coming down here for four years.”

“(The underclassmen) stepped up big time for us this year,” Compton said. “We’ve had a lot of support behind us from the community all four years, and we couldn’t ask for much more.”