Lebanon put up a valiant fight against the Lady Commanders in the second and third games -- taking an 11-0 lead in the second game -- before all-state hitter Kaitlyn Teeter called a timeout. The squad huddled and never left the floor -- outscoring the Devilettes 16-6 the rest of the way.
"Our coaching philosophy is a little different than most programs," said FCS coach Randy Alley. "We do allow the players to make adjustments and take control of certain situations.
In the case of the timeout; sometimes the players need to adjust each other without the coach's influence. We have strong leadership, and thus far have been steadfast in our direction. I have had several comments about our strong leadership, it makes coaching a lot easier."
Teeter paced the FCS attack with 22 kills, four digs and four aces. Alex Sealy had five digs, five kills and two aces while Ali Burroughs finished with nine kills and six digs. Sarah Hall had 29 assists.
Lebanon's Kelsey Yarbrough had eight digs, six kills and five blocks, Alex Britt had seven kills and four blocks, Tatum Thompson had 13 assists and Megan Brown had eight digs and an ace.
I was very impressed with Friendship, said Lebanons first year head coach Adrienne Dotson. Playing competition like this can only help us later in the season.
Friendship returns to action today (Thursday) hosting Red Boilign Springs at 5 p.m. and Watertown at 7 p.m. at the Bay Family Sportsplex. Then on Tuesday Sept. 4 FCS will participate in a tri-match at Monterey with Clay County High.
Lebanon visits Wilson Central today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. and will entertain Mt. Juliet Tuesday, Sept. 4.
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