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East Robertson Repeats as District 10A Champs

By Clifton Horn

Coming off last year’s most successful season in school history, the East Robertson Lady Indians volleyball team was looking for a repeat of success in 2014. Despite replacing three starters from the 2013 District 10A Champion roster, the Lady Indians began the 2014 season ready to defend their title.

The 2014 Lady Indians capped off the regular season with a 22-10 record and an impressive 12-0 in District 10A, securing home court advantage for the district tournament. Even though the Lady Indians breezed through the regular season, they knew that the district tournament would not be as easy.

East Robertson received a bye in the first round of the District 10A tournament where they would square off against cross-county rival Jo Byrns. After a slow start out of the gate, the Lady Indians found themselves in a 9-9 tie, but seniors Clara Adams and Bonnie Jones would take over. Using a run of great serves by Adams and Jones, the Lady Indians cruised to a 25-10 win in the first set.  They did not look back from there, winning the next two sets 25-10, 25-11 to send them to the championship game.

In the championship game, the Lady Indians found themselves up against a very familiar foe in the Nashville Christian Lady Eagles. The last three District 10A tournament titles have been decided between East Robertson and Nashville Christian with the 2014 matchup marking the ninth time the two teams have played in the past three seasons.

A slow start led to a 4-9 lead by the Lady Eagles, but the resilient Lady Indians refused to go away. East Robertson chipped away at the lead over the course of the set before tying the game up 23-23. Nashville Christian then took a 24-23 lead, but East Robertson answered right back. Junior Gabby Zizzi landed three crucial serves, which led to three straight Lady Indians points and the resulting 26-24 win.

Momentum from the first set carried over into the second set as East Robertson cruised to a 25-18 win, but Nashville Christian refused to go down without a fight. In the third set the error-plagued Lady Indians were not able to overcome a strong set from the Lady Eagles, falling 22-25.

Heading into the fourth set, Lady Indians were ready to put their mistakes behind them. East Robertson seniors Clara Adams and Bonnie Jones rallied the team in the huddle between sets, which provided the spark the Lady Indians needed. Both team battled back and forth throughout the set, but the Lady Indians prevailed, winning 25-19 to capture their second-straight District 10A Title.

For their efforts in the tournament Jones, Zizzi, and freshman Hannah Mills were awarded all-tournament honors while Adams picked up her second-straight District 10A Tournament MVP award. Four Lady Indians were also recognized for their stellar play during the regular season as well. Zizzi, Adams, and sophomore Monica Gardner picked up all-district honors while Jones was named the regular-season District 10A MVP, marking the third time in 4 years a member of the Lady Indians volleyball team received this award.

Posted: 10/28/14