Page facing elimination in State volleyball tourney
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Page faced the opponents head coach Jess Enderle expected, but not the results in the first day of play of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class AA State Volleyball Championships yesterday in Murfreesboro, beating Chattanooga Red Bank in the opening round, but falling to Christian Academy of Knoxville in the second.
The loss drops the Patriots to the loser’s bracket, where they will try to stay alive this morning with a 10 a.m. elimination match against Hume-Fogg at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.
“We knew it would be tough,” said Enderle about the CAK loss. “We just didn’t make the adjustments we needed to make. This is the toughest of all the classifications this year. Every match is going four or five sets.”
Page won their first match of the day in four, stopping Red Bank 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 in a contest that went nearly two hours. It followed a trend set early in the four opening bracket games, as CAK’s three-game battle with Dyersburg was the only sweep of the opening round.
The close competition left the Class AA court behind all day, with the Patriots’ second round game against CAK beginning at 6:30 p.m., two hours late.
The Warriors jumped out front early in the second round match, besting Page 25-16 and 25-18 in the first two sets. But the Patriots fought back in the third, fighting back from a 5-point deficit to take the game 25-20 as blocking at the net improved. A strong start to the fourth and deciding set fizzled late as CAK closed out the match 25-23.
Enderle was pleased with the play of freshman Abby Sacks, who was moved up from the junior varsity squad for the trip to the state.
“Abby really stepped up tonight and helped us. Now we need everybody to do the same.”
The venue for Class AA changes today, moving to Blackman High School, where the Patriots will need to win three games to advance to tomorrow’s championship.
The first hurdle is a 10 a.m. game with Hume-Fogg of Nashville. The Blue Knights fell to traditional power Sullivan South in five sets in the opening round before eliminating Crockett County in three straight in the first round of the loser’s bracket.
“Hume-Fogg will be tough,” said Enderle. “And we haven’t played particularly well against them.”
A loss would end the season for the Patriots, while a win would put them on track to play again at 2:30 p.m. A victory there would have them facing the loser of the winner’s bracket finals between Sullivan South and CAK, with the winner of that match advancing to tomorrow’s state title event at 4 p.m. at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
Posted on: 10/24/2013