published Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Hixson's Chance Davis has 2,019 assists

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    Hixson High School's Chance Davis sets the ball while playing in the Tennessee Tandem volleyball tournament at Girls Preparatory School last Friday. Davis surpassed 2,000 career assists during the Lady Wildcats' two matches Monday at Ooltewah High School.
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Hixson senior volleyball setter Chance Davis surpassed 2,000 career assists Monday when the Lady Wildcats played Ooltewah and Signal Mountain at Ooltewah.

Coach Janet Tate said she has tinkered with a 6-2 set at times during Davis's three years as a starter but currently has her team running a 5-1 set so the bulk of the offense will run through her. The longtime coach doesn't recall having a setter reach 2,000 career assists before.

Tate said Davis, whose present assists total is 2,019, may not have the height to be a setter in college but possibly could be a libero with her quickness. Over the weekend in the local Tennessee Tandem tournament, Davis put 60 of 61 serves in play and also led Hixson in digs.

"She's just real consistent across the board," Tate said. "She doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low. She'll make somebody a nice little player if they'll give her a chance."

Bucs, Pirates still No. 1

Boyd-Buchanan in Class 2A and South Pittsburg in Class 1A remained atop the latest Tennessee high school football polls.

East Hamilton is ranked fourth in Class 4A, Tyner seventh in Class 3A and Baylor eighth in Division II-AA.

Among those getting votes but not in their respective Top 10s are Polk County in 3A, Silverdale Baptist Academy in 2A, Copper Basin in 1A and McCallie in DII-AA.

SBA startling again

On Sept. 1 at East Ridge in the Choo Choo Classic, Silverdale's volleyball team accomplished the uncommon by winning a 25-0 set. Not to be outdone, the Lady Seahawks' junior varsity behind freshman Caroline Couch's 18 aces defeated Copper Basin 25-0 in a set last Thursday.

Silverdale coach Rhonda Hawkins said at 7-0 or 8-0 she made eye contact with Couch's mother, Dina, who was scorekeeping, and the look they shared was as if they were asking, "Could this be happening again?" Dina then got out her cell phone and began videoing. And just like the varsity match where lone server Kerri Whittaker's father, Tom, was on the floor calling lines, so was Caroline's father, Tim, who's the school's athletic director.

"It's the craziest thing," Hawkins said. "How can this happen again at the same program within two weeks? You don't expect to win a set 25-0. You certainly don't expect it to happen twice in the same season."

If the philosophy is true and the paranormal happens in threes, what next, the middle school team?

"They're having a good season, too," Hawkins said. "You never know."

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