Lady Dragons bounce back against Powell after sweep by ACHS

The Clinton High School volleyball team salvaged a split in a pair of District 4-AAA matches last week.

The Lady Dragons dropped 25-13, 25-9, 25-11 sets to Knoxville West High School Thursday night.

The Lady Rebels (17-6, 8-1) are one of the top teams in the league, and the Lady Dragons (9-10 overall, 6-4 in the district) had a tough night.

“West is a strong team and they have a lot of strong seniors,” Clinton Coach Lorri Johnson said. “But our kids are competing and they’re working hard.”

The Lady Dragons had some bright spots defensively as McKenzie Crisp had 13 digs.

Tomi Taylor finished with seven digs, while Jordyn Majors and Zavie Ford came up with six kills each.

Majors and Kierra Washington were the leading hitters for the Lady Dragons as they had three kills each.

Darbi Brummett had four blocks and Taylor finished the match with six assists.

After falling to crosstown rival Anderson County in three sets at home on Monday, Sept. 13, the Lady Dragons bounced back the following night with a three-set sweep of the Powell Lady Panthers, prevailing 25-10, 25-14, 25-17.

With the win, Clinton polished off a regular-season series sweep of the Lady Panthers.

“It was good to beat Powell for a second time,” Johnson said.

“You have to get all the district wins you can because we’re getting ready for the (postseason) tournament here in a couple of week.”

Against Powell last week, the Lady Dragons picked up contributions from several players in a complete team effort.

Crisp, Washington, Taylor, Brummett, Ford and Ellie Murrell all had three kills.

Washington, Majors, Brummett, Crisp and Ford each came up with three blocks at the bet.

Majors finished with three aces, and Taylor dished out 11 assists.

Defensively, Clinton picked up multiple digs. Washington, Crisp and Taylor finished with eight digs each. Majors and Ford recorded six each.

“We were really balanced (against Powell),” Johnson said. “We had several girls with three kills, and we have to have that.

“We have to be balanced because, if somebody has a rough night, we need others to step up and pick up the slack.”

Meanwhile at Anderson County:

ACHS picked up three wins last week.

After sweeping the Lady Dragons at home on Monday, Sept. 13, the Lady Mavericks (12-10) kept their perfect District 4-AA record intact with sweeps over Fulton and Austin-East.