The Dyersburg volleyball program has, over the past three seasons, earned the reputation of being the best West Tennessee has to offer. While there are no state title trophies to marvel at, the program continues to take steps in the right direction of one day having one.
This season is no different.
Playing the Lady Chargers in a doubleheader, Dyersburg showed no mercy during both matches despite actually dropping a set to start the second contest of the day.
The Lady Trojans weren't even firing on all cylinders, but with a talented roster of players ranging from freshmen to seniors, in most cases mistakes can be overcome and dealt with in fine fashion.
In the opening game, the Lady Trojans throttled past the visitors by scores of 25-4, 25-16 and 25-15.
In the second match of the doubleheader, Covington actually won the opening set 25-20 before some words of encouragement from Dyersburg coach Marilyn Liljenquist inspired the Lady Trojans.
The result was three quick sets by scores of 25-9, 25-19 and 25-8 as Dyersburg continued its undefeated run through the district to improve to 11-0 and 32-5 overall.
"I was really pleased with how we played except for that one set we lost," said Dyersburg's Liljenquist. "We just got lazy and let up and that is very frustrating. It's hard for the girls to stay up when they know they don't have to give it their all to win."
The Lady Trojans were led at the net by the hard-hitting duo of Jessica Thompson and Daisy Liljenquist. The teammates torched the visitors time after time with hard-hitting kill shots that the Lady Chargers could only hear whizzing by for the most part.
Thompson finished the day with 29 kills and 29 digs to go with four aces on serve. Liljenquist was equally impressive, ending the doubleheader with 25 kills and 22 digs.
The supporting cast wasn't half bad either.
Kali Decker had 33 digs, Kyndal Riddick had 22, and Jessica Morales had 11 as Dyersburg kept the ball alive basically every time Covington was able to return the ball.
Setter Claire White had another strong performance setting up the majority of the kill shots by Thompson and Liljenquist as Dyersburg easily took care of business.
"We did what we needed to do to win, and that's the most important thing," said Liljenquist. "Our goal is to get back to state so we have to keep improving every time we play so that we'll be as ready as we can be when the time comes to turn it up a notch."