By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain’s volleyball team finished its third week of play 0-3 with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-12 non-conference loss to Robbinsville last Thursday in the SM gym.
All three of the losses have been sweeps.
“In the first set we went down so much that it was hard to come back even though we made a run there,” Coach Megan Dezarn said. “I’ve got to have some leaders step up all the way around. I’ve got to have some people who are going to be good teammates, who are going to do their job and be consistent at it.”
The Lady Knights broke a 3-3 tie with five straight points to go up 8-3 in the first set. Another 5-0 run made it 20-10. Faith Shuler reeled off six points, including an ace, and Melanie Hoyle had a kill, cutting the gap to 21-18, but Robbinsville recovered to clinch the set.
The Lady Mustangs led the second set 8-3 after Alexa Anderson served four points, including an ace. However, they managed just two offensive points the rest of the set. The Lady Knights rallied to take a 17-14 advantage after scoring seven unanswered points. They finished the set on an 8-1 run.
SM trailed just 6-5 after Carley Raleigh served two points in the third set. The Lady Mustangs had only two offensive points the remainder of the match. The Lady Knights scored the next four points to lead 10-5. Six consecutive points made it 18-8, and they cruised from there.
Shuler led in service points with seven and served 92.3 percent. Kennedy Stewman was perfect in seven serves. Team serving was 79.6 percent.
The Lady Mustang JVs improved to 2-1 with a 19-25, 25-17, 15-10 win.
“We played an exciting three sets,” Coach Melissa Hill said. “We lost the first one, and the girls showed determination and grit by coming back and winning the next two. It was fun to watch and see the girls step up and want to be the one to make the play on the ball.”