On Thursday, the squad held its home opener against visiting Milan. Needing just over 40 minutes to blow past the Lady Bulldogs in straight sets, 25-14, 25-6 and 25-13, it appears the Lady Trojans have their sights set on another trip to the big dance.
Though the contest served as the home opener, the squad has been hard at work, evident by the 18-3 overall mark as well as a perfect 6-0 mark in district play.
First-year coach Marilyn Liljenquist was pleased with her squad after the successful home opener. However, with such a talented roster, she knows the best is yet to come.
"I think for our first home game we played pretty well, but there is still a lot of room for improvement," said Liljenquist.
Perhaps the coach didn't want to increase the ego of her talented squad, but against Milan there were very few errors despite a spirited effort from the Lady Bulldogs.
In the opening set, the Lady Trojans fell behind early 6-5 before righting the ship behind the super sets from Claire White and the powerful serves and kill shots from teammates Daisy Liljenquist and Jessica Thompson.
Dyersburg overcame the early deficit to outscore Milan 20-8 the rest of the way as Liljenquist served back-to-back laser aces to seal the set.
In the final set, the only hiccup of the day for the Lady Trojans occurred when Milan jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, forcing Liljenquist to call timeout. After regaining their composure, the squad took off by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 25-8 that included a 12-0 run highlighted by six aces from Kyndal Riddick.
When asked afterward what she told the squad during the timeout, Liljenquist admitted she didn't have to say much.
"I didn't have to say much because they all know what they are supposed to do out there," she added. "They just needed a minute to collect themselves and get back to work."