Seymour, Sevier County swept out of volleyball regional

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 10:26 PM

The first game was killer.

Sevier County never made it close against Dobyns-Bennett while Seymour struggled after giving away five game points to Science Hill in Tuesday's Region 1-AAA volleyball tournament. Both teams are going home after three-game sweeps.

"To be here and knowing you're so close," said Seymour's Breanna Green. "You just let it slip away. It's terrible."

The Eagles, champions of District 2, had a 24-19 lead in the first game before the Hilltoppers came roaring back to win 26-24. Seymour never truly recovered, trailing most of the next two games in a 26-24, 25-12, 25-16 loss at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

The disappointment was just as bitter for the Bearettes. The District 1 champions rolled to a 25-3, 25-9, 25-14 victory. Sevier County looked shell-shocked in a first game that was all Indians.

"It was pretty tough," said Makenzie Mattern. "We're not used to playing teams that hit that strong. We just didn't really know how to adjust to it."

Both District 2 representatives showed flashes late, particularly in the final games, but none could overcome the might of D-B and Science Hill. Both schools swear they'll be back here soon.

"We've got to be ready for next year," said Bearettes coach Jaimee Benjamin. "My younger girls have got to get into club ball, work hard and be ready for next year because we will be back here next year.

"Next time when we come back there will be no intimidation going on. We'll walk out onto the court ready to go."