Early Ravenwood-Brentwood match to set volleyball season tone
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Arguably, Tennessee’s two best volleyball teams through the last decade-and-a-half will meet again tonight and the outcome of the Brentwood at Ravenwood match at 6 p.m. is expected to set the tone for the state’s toughest district in 2013.
“This is the first time that Brentwood and Ravenwood have played this early in a district match,” says Lady Raptor coach Tracey Berry. “I think anytime you have a Brentwood-Ravenwood match the kids and parents get excited. It should be a great night of volleyball.”
The game will be played on Ravenwood’s home court, but unlike other sports, neither coach sees home court advantage as a major factor.
“Home court advantage is present because of attendance of your home crowd,” said veteran coach Barbara Campbell of Brentwood. “It is important in a cross-town match-up because of the rivalry. After that first serve though all you see is the volleyball court!”
The last time these two teams met, Ravenwood took a five-game match to win the 2012 TSSAA Class AAA State
Championship in Murfreesboro. That was after the Lady Bruins, seeded higher, were knocked into the loser’s bracket in a four-game set against the Lady Raptors.
Despite last year’s title battle, Berry knows tonight will be a fight of its own.
“We will need a good match from all our players; we can’t have a weakness. Brentwood is too good and will capitalize on our weakness. We expect it to be a tough match,” Berry said. “It should be a great night of volleyball.”
Campbell’s thoughts echo her counterpart’s. “We need to attack Ravenwood with our serve to limit their offense. We also need to handle the ball well with gutsy defense.
“This team is focused-motivated-and ready to play!”
Down the road in Thompson Station, an equally important match will be underway at the same time. Independence will host Centennial in a pairing of schools that would like to knock one of the top two off their perch.
To accomplish that, the Lady Eagles and Lady Cougars will have to determine which squad will become the early contender for the spoiler position.
In other action, Franklin will travel to Summit and Fairview will be at Creekwood, all at 6 p.m.
Posted on: 8/27/2013