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DMS Lady Trojans end season with perfect 16-0 record

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Members of the undefeated 2012 DMS volleyball team are, kneeling (l-r) Hailey Tirabassi, Shelby Hopper, Mackenzie Caldwell, Amya Murphy, Claire Richards, Sarah Putman, Carly Weeks; standing (l-r) Noley Baker, Tessa Liljenquist, Gracie Liljenquist, Taylor Hopper, Emma Boatright, Cassandra Swift, Katelyn Canada.
As members of the DMS volleyball team turned in uniforms on Thursday, coach Jim MacArthur took time to reflect on a season that resulted in a third consecutive campaign that ended with the Lady Trojans claiming a sectional title.

In years past, the program had won back-to-back sectional titles, but never before in the history of the school had the program won three in a row ... until this season.

The stellar group, led by an eighth-grade unit that compiled an overall mark of 42-1 during their careers at DMS, ended the latest campaign as simply the best, evident by the unblemished 16-0 record in 2012.

"This season went extremely well," said coach Jim MacArthur. "Volleyball is very competitive and I've been blessed with unbelievable competitive kids. The best thing about this group though is that they are all great kids."

In his five years coaching on the middle school level, MacArthur said the group headed for high school next year would be an asset to Dyersburg High School for years to come.

"This eighth-grade bunch is the best group I've ever had the pleasure of coaching," said MacArthur. "My goal has been to get them ready to step on the floor next year as freshmen and be able to play. I have no doubt that they are ready to do just that and I truly believe that."

The accomplishments of the squad are evidence that the already tradition-rich program at DHS will only continue to shine once the newest freshman class arrives next fall.

Over the past three years, the program throttled past all but one opponent, dropping just seven sets along the way. The latest undefeated run for the Lady Trojans was one where the team dropped just one set all season long.

"These kids have all the fundamental skills and as they get older they will only get better," added MacArthur. "They're ready for the next level and I would say before they're done, you're going to be hearing a lot more about them because they are a special group that play the game at a high level."

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