The kill, or spike, in volleyball is a distant relative of the dunk in basketball. Energizing fans and teammate alike, the maneuver is executed with skill, elevation and power.
Friendship Christian junior Kaitlyn Teeter is the countys reigning queen of the kill.
Standing nearly 6-2 with remarkable leaping ability, the two-time all-stater has already delivered 281 kills through 18 games for the Lady Commanders -- better than 6.7 per set.
In the off season, she plays for one of the top club teams in the Southeast, Alli-ance Volleyball out of Brentwood.
"Kaitlyn is a special player," said FCS coach Randy Alley, "Her athletic ability allows her to be a very versatile player. She has the abilility to take over a game at any time. She is one of the top players in the state.
"I had the privilege to coach Mary K Kreuger at Stone Memorial High. Mary K is presently number 14 in NCAA Division 1 history in kills. I believe Kaitlyn to be a better all around player than Mary K. She is fun to watch, and Im certainly glad that she plays for me, not against me!!
She has all the tools to be a Division 1 NCAA standout."
FCS sports a 16-3 record after sweeping a pair of games Thursday Monterey against Trousdale County High and host Monterey. She had 26 kills against Trousdale County as the FCS JV team played and swept Monterey.
On Tuesday, Friendship defeated Red Boiling Springs 25-16 and 25-11 as Teeter had 11 kills. The nightcap found the Lady Commanders downing Gordonsville 25-15 and 25-14. Teeter had 14 kills. FCS is scheduled to host Watertown Thursday, Sept. 15.
Speaking of Watertown, The Tigerettes upped their record to 7-3 overall with a pair of road wins Tuesday vs. Monterey and Clay County. Game scores: 25-2 and 25-4 vs. Monterey / 25-9 and 25-19 vs. host Clay County.
Senior Kristin Cook of Wilson Central High is another big hitter. Her 21 kills and two blocks helped the Lady Wildcats run their record to 9-3 overall / and a perfect 3-0 in District 9AAA Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Gallatin. For the season, Cook has racked up 120 kills.
Wilson Central will host its annual Fall Fling Tournament with games running through Saturday evening. The Lady Wildcats of Coach Tammy Serbin are on tap to play three matches today, at 4, 5 and 7 p.m.
By TOMMY BRYAN / firstname.lastname@example.org