GREENEVILLE — Morristown East tuned up for tonight’s showdown with cross-town rival Morristown West with a 3-1 volleyball victory over host Greeneville Monday night.
The Lady Hurricanes fell behind by dropping the opening set 25-18 but came back to post wins of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-22.
Coach Holly Drinnon’s Lady ‘Canes are now 9-6 for the season and will entertain West at Isenberg-Siler Gymnasium tonight. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m. with the varsity match following.
Greeneville, now 6-6 for the season, controlled the opening game and never trailed. However, East bounced back as it did a great job of getting kills back up in the final three sets.
“It was really good to see the girls come out and fight tonight,” Drinnon said. “You know, we’ve been going through some growing pains and this was a good win for us.”
She added, “I thought we came out and played a good match against a good team. Greeneville has some strong hitters and sets the ball well so it was good to see my girls come out and really fight hard.
“We got to some balls tonight that had been finding the floor at times and I was proud of our defense,” she continued. “We also did a really good job with our serve receiving.”
She closed, “I’m really excited for the girls. They worked really hard tonight for this one. We need to carry over the same kind of play against West tomorrow.”
Freshman Finley Surber led the East hitting attack with 9 kills while Sarah Jones added 6 and Jaci Drinnon 5. Jaci also led in aces with 4 and assists with 17.
Randi Drinnon had 18 digs and Jaci 14. Jules Lawson added 9 assists and 2 service aces for the Lady ‘Canes.
Greeneville got 9 kills from Takiya Curry while Lauren Bailey and Nikkayla Stewart added 8 apiece.
Jules Aiken had 32 assists while Curry had 4 aces and Bailey 2.
The first set was tied six times with the final tie at 10-10. From there, the Lady Greene Devils scored five straight points and East never caught up again. Curry and Bailey both had kills in the spurt.
Greeneville shoved its lead out to 20-14 before East rallied back within 21-18. But the Lady Devils scored the final four points for the win.
The home team had an early 8-6 lead in the second game but East reeled off five straight points with Randi Drinnon serving an ace and the other four points coming on Lady Devils hitting errors.
Greeneville caught up at 14-14, but Surber put down a winner and Lawson served an ace and East led the rest of the way. The biggest margin came at 23-17. Surber knocked down another kill for the final point.
East took control quickly in the next set, grabbing a 7-2 lead. It was 13-9 when Jaci Drinnon served eight straight points. She had an ace and Reese Forester knocked down a kill in the spurt.
However, the Lady Devils wouldn’t go away, scoring five straight before killing the ball into the net. Forester and Jones then had winning shots for a 10-point lead and East coasted to the win.
Curry and Bailey had kills as Greeneville opened a 4-1 lead in the fourth game. However, the Lady ‘Canes scored seven straight with Kierstin Bell serving and led the rest of the way.
Bell had a pair of kills and Jones scored on a block as the lead grew to 18-11 and it looked like it was going to be easy.
However, the home team scored four straight to close within 20-17 and then another five-point run got them even at 22-22. But Greeneville hit the ball out of bounds with a chance to take the lead.
Surber than scored off a block and put down a kill to end the match.