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Covenant continues conference dominance
Dalton Burks
Jeffery Simmons photo Dalton Burks and the Lady Lion volleyball team improved to 4-0 in MTAC play Tuesday with a win over Lancaster Christian. Covenant is set to square off with Boyd on its homecourt Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Covenant Academy is excelling at winning the games that matter the most.

The Lady Lion volleyball team kept its record perfect in Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference play Tuesday at home, downing visiting Lancaster Christian 25-4, 25-13 and 25-18. The win improved Covenant to 7-7 overall but, more importantly, 4-0 in conference play.

Coach Chris Madewell has challenged his team with a stacked schedule early, hoping it would pay dividends when the team got to the conference tournament. His plan seems to be working, with Covenant fighting back to defeat West Academy on the road last week before dominating Lancaster at home.

“I feel like we’re maturing as a team with each game we play,” Madewell said after last week’s win over West Academy. “We don’t hang our heads when we get down. The girls did what they needed to do to come back.”

Tuesday’s game didn’t need a comeback.

Covenant dominated from the start, getting 16 straight service points from Madisen Madewell at one point in the first set.

Coach Madewell turned to his JV squad for the second game, pulling off another easy win. After falling behind by seven in the third set, Madewell moved back to his starters.

Madisen Madewell, Emma Madewell, Lily Kell, Arianna Hutchins, Sarah Sharpe, Dalton Burks and Anuja Patel wasted little time coming back and shutting the door.

The Lady Lions will tangle with local rival Boyd at home Tuesday. The tri-match, which will also include Webb, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.