Anyone along the road from Murfreesboro to Brentwood may have heard the honking horn and loud music from the Lady Bruin volleyball team bus Thursday night.
Brentwood enjoyed another rowdy ride home after rallying to defeat Williamson County rival Ravenwood in five sets at The Murphy Center to clinch a fifth straight Class AAA championship.
Junior standout Logan Eggleston carried her team in the final with one of the most dominant individual performances in recent memory. The Texas commitment recorded a staggering career-high of 47 kills on 95 attacks to lead Brentwood to a 25-11, 28-30, 22-25, 25-20, 15-1 victory.
“I just felt like they needed a leader, so I was like here, you can trust me, and I’m ready to step up and win this game for us,” said Eggleston, who was named championship game MVP. “We know (Ravenwood) very well. That just brought more competitiveness between both teams and beating them makes it even more exciting than in the past.”
Tori Carpenter assisted on 55 kills in the contest, while middle blockers Celia Lamb (nine kills) and Analeigh Wingo helped lure away Ravenwood defenders as Eggleston found single blocks for much of the contest.
“We are the Bruins, she is the bear, and it’s feed the bear,” Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell said of Eggleston, who guided her team to Campbell’s 13th championship. The veteran coach’s record improved to 1,626-289 at Brentwood – a mark that makes her the all-time winningest coach in state history and one that ranks third nationally.
“Well, that was a real battle, a true Battle of the Woods,” Campbell said. “(Ravenwood) put up a great fight and we felt the pressure. After game two and game three, we were worried, but after game four, we felt elevated and the pressure wasn’t really there.”
Photo Gallery – State Championship Volleyball: Brentwood vs. Ravenwood
The Brentwood Lady Bruins captured a fifth straight Class AAA volleyball championship with a 25-11, 28-30, 22-25, 25-20, 15-1 victory over Ravenwood in an all-Williamson County final Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at The Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.
Brentwood cruised in the first set as Eggleston opened with a bang, registering 10 kills on .562 hitting. The Lady Raptors, who had been getting more and more competitive in the last three matches against Brentwood, finally broke through in the second set.
Senior Kennedy Dickens blocked Eggleston to cap a wild 30-28 victory – the Lady Bruins first setback in seven matches.
“They started to believe a little bit,” Lady Raptor coach Abbey West said. “Every time we saw them in the season, we continued to get better each game. That is the most important thing in youth sports, I think. It’s not about the winning and losing, it’s about how good of a learner and how good of a teammate you can be and how good of a competitor you can be.
“I think that every time we saw them, we got better at that.”
Ravenwood didn’t let up after one victory, instead rallying from a 18-15 deficit to take the second set 25-22 for a 2-1 lead. Brentwood served up several errors in the set and finished with a season-high 12 service errors, Campbell said.
“We were the underdogs the whole time, but our team kept fighting hard,” Lady Raptor senior Vic Cerino said.
Cerino’s teammate Samantha Rickert may have made the play of the third set when she flipped a kill backward over her right shoulder that fell just in bounds to make it 24-22.
“It was a surreal feeling … being on the edge of winning a state championship against Brentwood,” Cerino said.
Brentwood jumped out to a 6-point lead in the fourth set before the Lady Raptors cut the deficit in half at 18-15. Eggleston again went to work with back-to-back kills as the Lady Bruins fended off Ravenwood to force the fifth set.
“It’s kind of like how our whole season has been really, kind of crazy with lots of ups and downs, but we always find a way to pull through,” Brentwood defensive specialist Andrea Aceveda said. “We just didn’t want to lose. Somehow that’s really our whole motto. We hate to lose.”
The Lady Bruins had one error in an otherwise flawless fifth set. Brentwood scored 12 straight to race past Ravenwood in the clinching set. Carpenter, who added five kills, four aces and two blocks, clinched the match with a pair of plays at the net.
Camille Spencer and Cerino combined for 30 kills to lead the Lady Raptor offense.
The meeting was the fifth all-Williamson County championship and third title tilt between Brentwood and Ravenwood.
2017 Class AAA Volleyball Championship
Brentwood def. Ravenwood, 3-2,
25-11, 28-30, 22-25, 25-20, 15-1
BHS (38-6) – Kills: 71 (Logan Eggleston 47, Celia Lamb 9, Shaye Eggleston 8). Assists: 63 (Tori Carpenter 55). Aces: 10 (Carpenter 4, Morgan Carter 2, Bella Blanchet 2). Digs: 71 (Andrea Aceveda 25, L. Egglestoon 15, Carter 11). Blocks: 7 (Carpenter 2, Analeigh Wingo 1.5).
RHS (43-8) – Kills: 46 (Camille Spencer 17, Vic Cerino 13, Kennedy Dickens 8). Assists: 46 (Sam Rickert 37). Aces: 5 (five with one). Digs: 67 (Laura Knott 19, Spencer 17, Rickert 14). Blocks: 11 (Dickens 3.5, Cerino 2, Rickert 1.5).
Total time – 1:54.