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Dyersburg defeats Crockett County to win fourth straight District 13AA tourney title

Friday, October 12, 2012

Members of the 2012 District 13AA champion Lady Trojans pose with the title hardware following the 3-set win over Crockett County on Thursday in Alamo.
ALAMO -- Entering the title game of the District 13AA volleyball tournament, Dyersburg was looking to win its fourth straight tourney title. Crockett County on the other hand, was looking to snap a long string of losses against the talented Lady Trojans.

Though the Lady Cavaliers gave a superb effort in all three sets, the end result remained the same as it has four of the last four seasons.

Through solid teamwork and heavy work from hard-hitters Daisy Liljenquist and Jessica Thompson, Dyersburg secured its fourth straight district tourney title by scores of 25-12, 25-21 and 25-17.

Earning honors at the conclusion of the tournament for Dyersburg were, (l-r) Kyndal Riddick - All-District; Jessica Thompson - All-District, Tournament MVP; Daisy Liljenquist - regular season MVP, All-Tournament; Claire White - All-District, All-Tournament.
Dyersburg (45-9) entered the tournament as heavy favorites and looked to be in fine form throughout the title match. The superb effort by the squad left first-year coach Marilyn Liljenquist, snubbed for Coach of the Year honors, smiling widely afterwards.

"I'm just so proud of these girls. They knew they had it but it sure made me nervous because this was my first district tournament to coach this team," said Liljenquist. "I'm a lot more calm than I was before we started because I was really nervous. I knew they (Crockett County) were going to play well."

The opening set was close early with the two squads trading points before a kill shot and a pair of dinks over the net from Jessica Thompson lifted the Lady Trojans in front 8-5. After two Lady Cavalier points, Dyersburg pulled in front 12-7.

Though the host team battled to get within four points at 14-10, the Lady Trojans hit the gas and outscored the Lady Cavaliers 11-2 the rest of the set to win 25-12.

In the second set, the best of the match, Dyersburg took a 14-8 advantage before Crockett County scored four of the next five points to make it 15-12. The rest of the set was an enthusiastic battle between the two squads.

The Lady Cavaliers got as close as one, trailing 22-21, before Dyersburg took a commanding 2-set lead by scoring the final three points to win 25-21.

In the final set, the Lady Trojans were firing on all cylinders while the Lady Cavaliers appeared to be running on fumes. The gallant effort in the second set had taken its toll on the tourney runners-up as Dyersburg throttled its way to another tourney title and a No.1 seed in the upcoming Region 7AA tournament.

"We're not going to let up now. Our goal is to get to state and these girls really want to get back there," added Liljenquist. "They're willing to do what it takes to get there and I'm really proud of them because they are a great group of girls."

Thompson, named tournament MVP, led Dyersburg with 17 kills, 19 digs and three aces. Liljenquist, named MVP for the regular season, finished with 10 kills, 20 digs and three aces.

Kyndal Riddick had 17 digs, setter Claire White had nine digs and three aces, and Kali Decker had 11 digs and three aces as well.

The Lady Trojans will look to take the next step in a fourth straight appearance at the state tournament on Tuesday when they travel to Chester County to face South Side. The time for the contest is yet to be determined.

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