Big day for Brentwood, Page, Ravenwood volleyball teams
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Three state champions from Williamson County head to Murfreesboro this morning, looking to add to a long legacy of winners in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s state title volleyball tournament.
Brentwood and Page both have multiple volleyball titles over the past fifteen years and Ravenwood, the defending Class AAA title holder, is looking for a four-peat.
“Our team is definitely ready for another state tournament run,” said Brentwood head coach Barbara Campbell. “It is why we have been working so hard since the preseason.”
Brentwood opens at noon against Collierville, a team the Bruins beat earlier in the season, as they have Siegel and Ooltewah, the other teams in the bracket. They also own wins over Houston and Dobbyns-Bennett, two of the four teams in the upper bracket.
“They are great competitors with state tournament experience,” she said. “These teams, too, have had a season of practice and playing experience so we should and will expect a fight!”
The real fight for Brentwood is a chance to get two more shots at Ravenwood. The Raptors and Bruins have met five times this year, with Ravenwood taking three. More on the mind of Brentwood, though, is a come-from-behind win by the Raptors in last year’s state finals.
“The taste of defeat in last year’s final match against Ravenwood is still fresh! We remember the feeling of disappointment and want a rematch.”
Ravenwood will have to roll past Farragut today in a 9 a.m. game at Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University, then the winner of the Houston versus Dobbyns-Bennett contest at 3 p.o. to advance to the winner’s bracket finals, set for Thursday at 1 p.m. at Siegel High School.
The loser will fall into the finals of the loser’s bracket at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner of that match advancing to the championship in Class AAA at 6 p.m. Friday at MTSU.
While Ravenwood and Brentwood are considered the heavy favorites in Class AAA, Page opens with a strong Chattanooga Red Bank team today at 1:30 at Murphy Center.
“Red Bank has been a state contender for many years,” says Jessica Enderle, head coach at Page, “so they will be seasoned. The class as a whole is tough this year.”
A win in the first round would probably match the Patriots with Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), a contest Enderle would look forward to playing.
“They knocked us out of state last year,” she said, “literally. They beat us twice. We beat them in five games in an all out war of a match earlier this year. It’s a great rivalry and the CAK coaches and players are a class act bunch. It’s always fun to play them.”
If that match comes to pass, it will not eliminate the loser, who will fall to the loser’s bracket with a chance to fight back into the title contest.
Assuming all three teams win their first round games, today’s schedule at MTSU would be:
9 a.m. Ravenwood vs. Knoxville Farragut
1:30 p.m.Brentwood vs. Collierville
1:30 p.m.Page vs. Chattanooga Red Bank
3 p.m.Ravenwood vs. Houston/Dobbyns-Bennett winner
4:30 p.m.Brentwood vs. Siegel/Ooltewah winner
4:30 p.m.Page vs. CAK/Dyersburg winner
Posted on: 10/23/2013