Eagles edge Sevier County in district volleyball final
Sevier County and Seymour went the distance for the third time in the last week.
And once again, the Eagles went home with the victory in the District 2-AAA championship at South-Doyle. Seymour won 25-19, 28-26, 16-25, 20-25, 15-13 to take the district crown.
Both teams will advance to next week’s Region 1-AAA tournament.
Mendy Maxwell had 16 kils in the win while Shelby Maxwell had 20 assists for Seymour.
“Winning district is a huge accomplishment,” said Eagles coach Erin Biddle. “This is the first time since Seymour went to AAA.”
Both Sevier County and Seymour advanced to Thursday’s rounds with victories over teams from Morristown. The Bearettes swept East on Wednesday while the Eagles went five games with West.
Sevier County came back on Thursday, boosted by the victory the night before and beat West in four games to reach the final and clinch a spot in the region tournament.
“We put up a great fight,” said Bearettes coach Jaimee Benjamin. “... We didn’t win first place but I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my girls. Their effort and heart was tremendous tonight. I hope it carries over into regions.”
Seymour was guaranteed a spot in the region tournament by making the championship round with its win on Wednesday. The Eagles beat West 15-8 in the fifth game, getting a combined eight kills from Mendy Maxwell and Lexi Justus in that game alone. Maxwell finished with 16 kills overall while Justus had 13.
SEYMOUR — The Kings Academy defeated Temple, 25-8, 25-17, 25-15.
Lakelin Palmer had 15 points, six aces and five kills while Danielle Quesinberry added 15 points, six aces and 15 kills.
King’s also beat the Ambassadors 25-18, 22-25, 25-5, 25-14. Ciana Santee had 24 points, four aces and four kills while Callie Greene had 11 points, six aces and 29 assists.