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Thompson sparks Gate City to four-set win over Tennessee High

Kevin Mays • Sep 20, 2018 at 12:03 AM

GATE CITY — Gate City lost its first set Wednesday. Then Sarah Thompson took over.

The sophomore finished with 16 kills, 15 digs, two blocks and five aces to lead the Lady Blue Devils to a 3-1 win over the Tennessee High Lady Vikings (13-10).

Thompson was all over the floor as Gate City (7-6) recovered from a 25-19 defeat in the first set to win the next three sets 25-23, 25-17, 25-17.

ALL ABOUT TEAM

The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Lady Blue Devils.

“It was a good team win. We’re hoping this win will spark a winning streak. We’re just coming together as a team, and we’re just playing really hard together,” she said.

Thompson’s outside hitting was on for most of the match, but it seemed to come to life in the second set.

“Our setter, Kaley Jenkins, had some really good sets, and we were just able to put them down,” said Thompson.

Gate City coach Amy Reed said Thompson’s attack was a spark she’s been looking for this season

“She’s a competitor and she wants to win. She’s trying to make a play for her team. That’s what it’s all about. Go make plays. She’s figuring that out, and she’s unleashing, and she’s going. That’s what we want to see,” said Reed. “She’s a strong hitter. If we get the ball to her she’s strong and she’s quick.”

SECOND SET WAS THE BIGGIE

After dropping the first set, Gate City took a 3-2 lead early and held the lead for the rest of the set.

Tennessee High kept things close throughout the set but could never regain the lead.

Reed said holding on to the lead gave her team the boost it needed after suffering some tough losses.

“That second game was big for us,” said Reed. “We needed that. We’ve been a little slump and that gets over the hump. That just drives us forward, and it was a good win for us.

“We’re so there and we’re putting pressure on. We’ve just got to finish what we start. That’s the one little step getting over that hump. Hopefully, this was the step we needed to get over the hump.”

REST OF THE WAY

After winning the second set, Gate City controlled the third and fourth sets to pick up the victory.

“They’re a good team. And that’s why we wanted to play them. This is a great atmosphere here, and hopefully this will help us with tournament time approaching,” said acting Tennessee High head coach Charlie Tiller.

BY THE NUMBERS

Gate City got 42 assists from Jenkins, while Aubrie Penley and Kinslee Hammonds had nine kill apiece.

Tennessee High got nine kills from Kicey Tester, while Sarah Lambert had four blocks, Riley McCracken had 17 assists and Macy Hurley had 25 digs.

UP NEXT

Both teams are in action Thursday, with Gate City hosting Ridgeview and Tennessee High taking on Daniel Boone.

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