Maryville, Heritage find common ground in split
By David Cobb | (email@example.com)
The Heritage and Maryville volleyball teams found common ground on Tuesday night at Maryville High School, just one night after duking it out in the Blount County Championship.
Both squads defeated Knoxville West and fell in straight sets to Bearden as they recovered from the rigors of their three-match slates from the night before by playing more volleyball.
A scolding administered by a Maryville fan to a horn-blowing Heritage student was the only conflict between the cross-county rivals; otherwise the two Blount County schools mirrored each other — even down to the red jerseys.
MHS def. West: 25-19, 25-18
After dropping all three of its contests on Monday, Maryville returned to the win column with a 25-19, 25-18 victory over Knoxville West.
West pulled within 18-16 in the first set to make the Rebels sweat it out, but the home team held on thanks in part to a seven kill performance by senior Brianna Vargas.
“It’s always good to get a win,” Maryville coach Nichole Dzikus told The Daily Times. “It raises the team up and makes a little more confident. We didn’t play well though, and we knew we didn’t play well. So while it was a win, it’s still a little bit of a disappointment that we didn’t play better than we did.”
Bearden def. Heritage 25-22, 25-11
Attempting to keep the momentum going from its sweep of the Blount County tournament, Heritage took Bearden to the wire in game one before falling 25-22, 25-11.
Kelley Wolfe notched 10 kills and eight points for the Lady Mountaineers in the losing effort.
“We were gassed and it’s always difficult when you come off an emotional win like that, a big night,” Heritage coach Lisa Collins told The Daily Times. “We knew that was going to happen and we told them that. It’s hard to battle that.”
Bearden def. MHS 25-11, 25-15
The Bulldogs front line, which features a 6-foot-3 freshman, suffocated Maryville’s offensive attack as Bearden secured a 2-0 day with a 25-11, 25-15 over Maryville.
The Lady Rebels narrowed their deficit to 16-12 in the second set before Bearden crept away with the win.
“We have some tall girls of our own that I think can compete,” Dzikus said. “They just have to realize that they can compete and have that confidence to know that we can compete against teams like that if we work hard.”
Heritage def. West 25-11, 25-14
Fueled by an 11-0 run in the opening set, the Lady Mountaineers distanced themselves from West for a 25-11, 25-14 win.
The match provided more than just another win for Collins’ squad as freshman Allayna Martin played and assisted six times for Heritage.
Junior Leah Delaney led the Mountaineers with 13 points, but Collins was happy that Martin and some of her team’s younger players rose to the occasion in a varsity match.
“She’s our new freshman,” Collins said of Martin. “We got her in a little bit tonight which is kind of scary for her I’m sure, but she did a real good job.”
Both coaches left with respect for Bearden which outscored Maryville and Heritage by a combined total of 100-59.
“They’ve got a lot of big-time hitters,” Collins said. “And when you have that kind of height and power it throws anybody off. They’re a good team.”