Clinton advances in tournament

The Clinton High School Volleyball team won their first round match in the District Tournament on Monday.

They beat a scrappy Union County squad in four sets, winning with scores of 25-17, 25-22, and 25-22.

The Dragons won the first two sets and appeared to be on their way to winning in straight sets as they led 15-8 in the third set. The Lady Patriots refused to go away and rallied to win the set 26-24.

With the win, Clinton advanced to face number one seed and regular season champion Anderson County in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

“We’ve played Union County three times and won. It’s hard to beat a team three times. We played hard at times tonight but we weren’t as aggressive as I wanted us to be,” said Susan Zellner, head coach of the Dragons.

Several players are out with injuries and playing in the postseason with a depleted bench is a tough task, she said.

Stats were not available at press time.

Last Tuesday, Clinton beat Campbell County in five sets on Senior Night, winning 27-25, 25-21, and 15-8.

Sophomore Mackenzie McNeal had 13 points (four aces), nine kills, and four digs.

Junior Abbie Stinnett had 14 points, 13 kills, one block, and one dig.

Senior Kindrix Bean had 11 points (nine aces), two kills, and one dig.

Senior Priscilla Powers had six points (one ace), five kills, and one dig.

On Thursday, the Dragons hosted Pink Night. They dropped matches to Halls and Karns.

They fell to Halls in two sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-11.

McNeal had six points (one ace) and four digs.

Clinton lost to Karns in three sets. They dropped the first set 25-20 before rallying to win the second set 25-19. The Lady Beavers took the third set 15-3.

Powers had 17 points (four aces), one kill, and one dig.