Brentwood, Ravenwood meet again at State
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
After finishing 1-2 in the regular season and meeting at both the district and regional tournaments in championship games, the expectation that Brentwood and Ravenwood would face off again in the state tournament seemed almost a given.
Now it’s a fact. The two will meet today at 1 p.m. at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. The winner will advance to the state championship match Friday night; the loser must play their way in through the loser’s bracket.
Defending state champion Ravenwood dispensed of Knoxville Farragut in three games in the opening round before struggling with Houston in the second round, requiring four games to drop the West Tennessee team into the loser’s bracket.
“We didn’t move,” said head coach Tracey Berry after the Houston victory. “Houston controlled the play, instead of us. We control our play. We need to have fun and just play.”
That started in the second game of the Houston match, won by Houston 25-15, a contest Berry said left her team feeling, “...embarassed.” Down 22-8 at one point, Kat Huston and Taylor Briggs, among others, picked up the Raptors and brought them back to form. The momentum shifted and Ravenwood closed out the match with 25-14 and 25-18 wins.
Kat Hutson again led the Raptors with 31 kills in the two matches, while Payton Logan added 23. Hutson also had 32 digs, with Logan adding 27 and Laurent DuPont contributing 30. Taylor Briggs had 81 assists in just 2 matches.
The road for Brentwood, holder of eight state titles, was a bit easier, at least score-wise. The Bruins defeated Collierville in straight sets (25-19, 25-9, 25-15) in the first round before sending Ooltewah to the loser’s bracket 325-19, 25-13, 25-16.
Coach Barbara Campbell was pleased with the team’s play and says the group is looking forward to another match with their cross-town rivals.
“We are right where we wanted to be,” she said after the Ooltewah win. We started a bit slow, but getting here early and sitting and waiting can open the door to nerves and butterflies. By the second game, we were ready.”
Brentwood got 32 kills from Sara Tuttle ad 17 more from Kelly Severino. Hunter Thompson’s 13 digs and 67 assists led the team in those categories.
Page had a bit of a scare in the first round before finally knocking off Chattanooga Red Bank 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23. Than win set up a rematch with Christian Academy of Knoxville from early this season in what head coach Jessica Enderle called, “an all out war of a match.”
“It’s always fun to play CAK,” she said. “They are a classy group and well-coached and great competitors.”
Posted on: 10/23/2013