Last week, Camden knocked down two more wins to dominate the play in District 12AA. Heading into Week 6, Camden is looking good to once again snag the District title for the fifth straight year.
First, Camden traveled to play versus fourth ranked Sycamore on Sept. 17, winning 25-11, 25-22, and 25-16 in straight sets. Karlie Davis and Jay Morgan Dobson led the team’s serve receive with pin point accuracy, allowing setter Taylor Hopkins to lead with 14 assists. Lydia Dykes showed her skills with 9 kills and 3 blocks on the evening.
District competitor Montgomery Central came to Camden last Thursday, only to be shut down by Camden’s solid defense. MC never got a chance to score more than 16 points, losing to Camden 25-14, 25-12, and 25-16. Kinsley Peach put up a dominant 9 kills and 3 aces, hitting a .421 efficiency on the night. Dobson served up 6 aces, while Alix Hampton followed her with 4 aces of her own.
After a successful week 5, Camden traveled to Franklin over the weekend for the Williamson County Invitational for their last tournament of the year, finishing with a 2-3 record for the event.
“You can learn a lot over long weekend tournaments, and we are finding that this team is still struggling with some inconsistencies. I would rather put them in situations during regular season to uncover our short comings than have them manifest during the District tournament when it is too late,” said Coach Stephen Vick said. “To make a deep post season run, we will need to fix those issues in the next two weeks. With the determination of these athletes in mind, I know we will.”
The junior varsity also had a great week in District play, beating their two opponents, Sycamore and Montgomery Central, by a margin of 100-32 in the four sets. Consistent play and an overall team effort have helped ensure the lopsided victories.
This week’s JV offensive leaders were middle Emmalee Stockdale with 9 aces and 7 kills and outside hitter Emma Jackson with 9 aces and 6 kills. Karlie Davis added 10 kills and 3 aces from the outside, and Trinity Woodard had 8 kills and 2 aces from the right. Kadie Trull had a great week with 5 kills and 2 blocks from the Middle.
“As we enter the homestretch of the JV season, we need to continue to see consistency from everyone and keep getting production from all areas of the court. Being able to rely on multiple players to perform on offense and having solid defense behind them leads to good results,” said Coach Ross Steelman.
In Week 6, Camden will face District foe Fairview on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 24, then play Dickson at home on Thursday, Sept. 26, in a non-district game. Week 7 begins with another non-district home game on Monday, Sept. 30, versus Milan.
Camden Volleyball congratulates its own star Libero Abby Berry on claiming the title of “Fairest of the Fair” on Monday night. She a great role model for all student athletes.