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Wildcats volleyball team strong on experience
Jr. Wildcats open season with win 26-6 over Cannon




 

Wildcats volleyball team strong on experience

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Members of the 2005 Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team are, front row from left, #12 Amanda Gilliam, #3 Alison West, #40 Tiffany Livingston, #33 Ashley Morgan, #24 Megan Cantrell, #32 Liz Hall, back row, #11 Jessica Norrod, #15 Jada Ledbetter, #54 Whitney Hill, #34 Brittany McCoin, #23 Kristen Williams, and #4 Betsy Wright.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team posted a winning 26-13 record in 2004, taking the runner-up spot in the district. This year's team looks to improve upon last year's success.

"They have played pretty well so far," LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said in reference to a recent playday in Chattanooga.

"We had five matches against some pretty good teams, a couple of real good teams, and they have done well."

The team returns much the same as it was at the end of the last season, with the exception of graduate Kristin Hoover.

"We only lost one girl from last year, Kristin Hoover, who was our setter," Coach Smith said. "I'm replacing her with Ashley Morgan. She's a senior. She played a little strong side, a little setter, a little weak side last year, but she's going to play completely all setter this time. She has a pair of soft hands, and, hopefully, she will do a good job setting the ball.

"Everything else is intact. My two middle blockers are back, Jada Ledbetter and Whitney Hill. Both of them are doing a great job right now of blocking."

Hill is a senior and Ledbetter is a junior.

"Outside hitters are Brittany McCoin, Jessica Norrod, and Amanda Gilliam," Coach Smith said. "I'll be rotating them most of the time. They're doing a good job."

Gilliam is a senior, and McCoin and Norrod are juniors.

"My weak side girls are Tiffany Livingston and Alison West," Coach Smith said. "They will be playing back row/front row, with Alison playing the front row most of the time."

Livingston is a senior and West is a junior.

"So, we'll be using 8 girls, with substitutions and such. Those 8 will be playing the majority of the time," Coach Smith said.

"We've got some good middle blockers. We've got some good outside hitters. They all serve the ball really well," he said. "I think we've got a lot of promise, if we can get our defense going and get some people in the back row that can bring the ball up. We're a little bit slow on defense.

"Our weakness has always been passing, just being able to get the ball to the setter. Everything else seems good right now."

The rest of the varsity squad is made up of sophomores Megan Cantrell, Liz Hall, Kristen Williams, and Betsy Wright.

Coach Smith considers Upperman as the team to beat in the district, a district that has seen changes in the off season. Reclassification has removed last year's district champion Friendship Christian School as well as Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Van Buren County.

After the season opener at Crossville on Monday, Aug. 22, the Wildcats will play in the White County Tournament held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27 in Sparta. Livingston Academy will host Red Boiling Springs and Monterey on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Jr. Wildcats open season with win 26-6 over Cannon

The Overton County Jr. Wildcats opened the 2005 season with an impressive 26-6 win at Cannon County.

After holding Woodbury team on the opening kickoff, the Wildcats drove down the field behind the running of Ethan McDonald and Cody Stafford.

Quarterback Brannon McCoin then scored the initial touchdown with a 15-yard bootleg around the left end.

After another defensive stand, McDonald scampered 55 yards for the Wildcats' second touchdown.

The third Jr. Wildcats touchdown came on a halfback pass from Hayden Hill to Adam Wilson. The pass covered 42 yards.

The Wildcats' final touchdown in the first half was scored by Cody Stafford from 4 yards out. McDonald ran in the 2-point conversion.

The score at halftime was 26-0.

The Jr. Cats' second team played most of the second half and were also impressive. Carson Bailey led the second team on both sides of the ball.

After playing at Tompkinsville, KY, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Jr. Wildcats will host Macon County at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

Individual Statistics Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-INT)
Hayden Hill 2-5-72-1-1

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)
Ethan McDonald 4-140-1 Brannon McCoin 3-32-1 Cody Stafford 2-14-1

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Adam Wilson 1-42-1 Cody Stafford 1-30-0

Tackles
Cody Stafford 5; Paul Daniels 3; Seth Kilgore 3; Ridge Harris 3; Ethan McDonald 3; Josh Beaty 3; Caleb Sells 2; and Adam Wilson 2.

Fumble Recoveries
Caleb Sells 1.

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