Dyersburg volleyball falls in four sets to South Side

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Above, Dyersburg’s Kelsie Johnson goes up for a block during the loss to South Side on Tuesday; below, Lady Trojan Jenna Curry looks to set up a play.
State Gazette photos/Jason Peevyhouse

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

For the Lady Trojan volleyball team, Tuesday’s match with Region 7AA rival South Side was an important one to see where the Dyersburg team stood this early in the season as the black and gold girls will need to use the four-set loss to the Lady Hawks to build on for the future.

“It’s great to play South Side this early in the season,” Dyersburg head coach Marilyn Liljenquist said. “We get to know what their strengths are and what we need to work on to defeat them if we run across them in the region.”

The Lady Trojans’ statement about running across the Lady Hawks again in the region tournament has a lot of merit as Dyersburg and South Side have met in the region finals in each of the last four seasons. Also, around this time last year, the Lady Hawks also handed Dyersburg a loss on the court.

The Lady Trojans dropped the opening set as they fell behind and were unable to overcome the early deficit and fell 25-17 in the opening set.

Dyersburg took an early lead in the second set only to have South Side battle back to retake the lead. But, the Lady Trojans battled back, tying the score late with a Shelby Hopper kill before South Side squeaked out a 25-23 win.

The Lady Trojans battled back to take the third set after strong serving from freshman Jenna Curry and a KK Howard kill to punctuate the 25-17 win in the frame.

But, the Lady Hawks dashed any hopes for a Dyersburg comeback in the fourth set, jumping out to a commanding lead en route to a 25-15 win to take the match.

Liljenquist added the Lady Trojans are still very young and in some key places like freshman setter Curry.

“We have got a really young team,” Liljenquist said. “Right now we have a freshman setter who has got a lot to learn and has got to get some experience.

“But, we’re working at it and we’re just doing the best we can at this stage in the game.”

The Lady Trojans’ head coach added Tuesday’s loss can be used as a teaching tool to move forward this season.

“We definitely have some work to do at practice tomorrow and Thursday then over the weekend at our tournament,” Liljenquist said. “We’ll just keep plugging along – working hard doing what we have to do.”

Dyersburg returns to action on Friday when they travel to Nashville to take part in the Mid Tenn Tournament.

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