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Win at Centennial locks Bruins volleyball into second place

Hunter Thompson (20) and Jenny Roy (30) set the block for Brentwood as Centennial's Taylor Maxwell (5) and Bailie Hannon (2) move in to respond in Tuesday's District 11-AAA match-up.  Brentwood won the match in four games. Photos by Becky Williams

Tuesday's District 11-AAA match-up between Brentwood and Centennial was a typical high-flying affair between the two rivals.  The Lady Bruins came away with a match win in four games.  The win clinched second place in the district for Brentwood.

It took four games, but Brentwood locked down second place in District 11-AAA with a four-game match victory at Centennial 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 and 25-20.

Brentwood head coach Barbara Campbell appeared happy to get out of the Cougar gym with a win.

“Centennial’s a good team,” she said after the match. “I felt like they did a great job of aggressive serving and keeping us out of our offense. Fortunately, with Sarah Tuttles, Sam Cotton, Jenny Roy and Kelly Severino, we were able to have enough.”

Severino led Brentwood with 22 digs and eight kills, while Cotton had 10 digs and 11 kills, Tuttle added 16 digs and 12 kills and Hunter Thompson led the team with 36 assists.

Brentwood took the first game 25-21 before giving up the second 25-21. With the win, Centennial slowed, according to Coach Brittany Rhinehart.

“We got a little complacent on serve receive and they started serving tougher. In the fourth game we started serving better, but our serve receive still wasn’t doing as well.  We’ve got to be more disciplined to serve receive against a tough team.”

“Sam Cotton had a great game behind the line serving,” said Campbell.  “We needed some aggressive serving and she stepped back and gave us some of that.

“I felt like they out served us. But at key times, we had different players step up and make plays.”

While a second loss to Brentwood keeps Centennial behind district leader Ravenwood and the Lady Bruins, Rhinehart found a bit of a silver lining to the contest.

“I honestly felt this was one of the first games where I’ve seen us consistently play together. Both of my outsides stepped up really well, and the first couple of games, our middles were getting a lot more blocks. I thought we all played pretty well.”

With both teams aiming for the district tournament in two weeks, both know that only two teams from the district will advance to the regional tournament, leaving someone in the top three at home.

“Centennial’s strong. They’ve got a great defense. They’re a good team,” said Campbell.  “Anything can happen at district tournament time and we’ll probably see them again.”

Rhinehart echoed the concerns, saying, “Franklin is really scrappy, and Indy is really good. Depending on what team shows up, any team can win on a given night in this district.”

Posted on: 9/26/2013


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