DANDRIDGE — Jefferson County breezed to its eighth volleyball victory over the season by rolling to a 2-0 win over Northview Academy Monday evening.
The Lady Patriots, who have lost four times, claimed a 25-17 triumph in the first set and scored the first eight points in the second game on their way to a 25-11 win.
Northview slipped to 5-4 for the season.
Next up for Jefferson County is an important trip to Morristown East this afternoon. Coach Torey Yocom’s team is tied for first place with West in the Inter Mountain Conference and it the toughest it has left in the conference.
Monday’s match was played as a best two-of-three instead of the normal three-of-five because Jefferson County has so many matches this week.
Yocom said, “We’ve got a lot of games this week. We play East tomorrow and that’s never an easy win. It should be a doable win but it’s never an easy win because Holly Drinnon coaches them so well and they play so hard.
“Then we have Karns and Sevier on Thursday and have a tournament at Science Hill on Saturday. That’s why we played the way we did today.”
The coach went on to say, “Today, I wanted the girls to focus on being very technically sound and I thought they did a good job of that. I thought we made some smart plays.
“Abby Blankenship made some big swings. She was really putting them away and it seemed every touch she got she was getting a kill,” said Yocom.
Blankenship finished with eight kills to lead the Lady Patriots. Harley Shumaker added six, Sydney Keck had four and Cami Mincey three.
Mincey served six aces in the short match.
Game one was tied at 1, 2, 3 and 5 before Keck put down a kill to put the home team ahead for good. Mincey followed with a kill and the Lady Cougars were called for a hitting violation. Mincey then put away another winner for a 9-5 lead.
Northview’s Haven Stalcup slammed two straight kills before the Lady Patriots broke it open with seven straight points.
Blankenship, Mincey and Keck all had kills in the spurt with Mincey also flipping a winner across the net when the defense was looking for her to set a teammate. Makayla Alvey also served an ace in the spurt.
After a serve into the net ended the streak, Blankenship had back-to-back kills for a 10-point lead. The visitors scored three straight but Shumaker and Karli Cook had kills for Jefferson County.
Alvey, Keck and Mincey all had kills down the stretch.
The second set was never a game. Mincey served the first eight points including three aces with Shumaker smacking two kills and Shumaker and Bella Webb adding one each.
After the lead reached nine at 12-3, the Lady Cougars got no closer than 15-9. It was 18-10 when Mincey served five straight points after a Blankenship kill.
A kill sailed long to break the streak but Blankenship ended it with one final kill.