STORY BY CHARLIE BATEMAN | PHOTO BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR.
The Nolensville Lady Knights volleyball team fought their way to victory in five sets over the Franklin Rebels Monday night, 25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 23-25, 17-15.
This marks the fourth time this season that the Knights have won a volleyball match in five sets.
“Franklin is a good team,” said Nolensville head coach Brett Young.
“Our girls are in the mode right now where they do not want to lose. They are finding ways to win tough matches.”
“Nolensville was strong in the serve and receive tonight,” said Franklin head coach Amber Holzer.
“They (Nolensville) were working in system most of the night. We did not execute our game plan in the fifth set. I am proud of the way we played tonight, and that we challenged them so well.”
In the first set, Nolensville was able to get timely kills to secure the win at 25-22.
The Knights held on with some clutch aces and kills, winning the second set 25-22.
Franklin came charging back in the third set thanks to an all-out blitz of kills and aces to get on the board 25-14.
The Rebels were able to ride the momentum of the third set, capturing some crucial blocks to win the fourth set 25-23.
The final set was a back and forth battle where both teams fought for every point. The Knights won 17-15 in extra points to seal the victory.
Nolensville moves to 26-7 on the year with the win.
With this match, both teams took a break from district play.
“Anytime you can beat a Williamson County volleyball team, it is a good win,” said Young. “This is the best volleyball county in the state, and there are not any weak teams.”
“It is really good to play outside of our conference,” said Holzer. “We end up playing all Williamson County teams during the season, so I love going outside of our district and playing teams that are strong competitors. It is also nice to not look on the other side of the net and know exactly who your opponent is. You have to learn as you go.”
Franklin will take on Summit Tuesday on the road.
“I am hoping the way we play tonight will build some momentum for tomorrow’s match,” said Holzer. “If we play Summit like we did Nolensville, I think we can be successful.”
Nolensville will take on district rival Marshal County Tuesday.
“I want to see us keep on getting a little better each day,” said Young. “We want to be playing our best volleyball in the postseason, and we are moving in the right direction.”