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Ravenwood rallies for win over Brentwood

By Doug Dyer
For the Williamson Herald

Brentwood had rallied from 2-1 down to force a fifth game with cross-town rival Ravenwood Tuesday night, but Kat Hutson had other plans.

The senior for the Lady Raptors had six kills in the deciding game, as Ravenwood volleyball earned a split of the season series with Brentwood by winning 17-25, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12 at Brentwood.

“It’s just something we always do,” Hutson said. “We win a couple in a row then ease up too much. I’m just glad we came back, despite our loss in the fourth game.”

Brentwood won the first meeting between the two this season on Aug. 27.

“(The matches) are always battles with them,” Ravenwood coach Tracey Berry said. “It definitely is a rivalry. Tonight it was nice to see our girls step up and show me they wanted it.”

With the split, the teams are tied atop the District 11-AAA standings each with one loss. Both still have to face Centennial again, so the race for the district title is far from over.

“We both know we have to play strong,” Berry said. “Brentwood has a great team and is well-coached.”

The match was close throughout, as has been the case in this rivalry over the past several years.

Last fall Ravenwood won the district tournament over the Lady Bruins, lost to them in the region tournament, then had to beat them twice at the state tournament (both matches going five games) to claim the Class AAA state championship, the program’s third straight title.

“It always comes down to the last three or four points in the last set (against Brentwood),” Hutson said.

Unofficially Hutson was the leading hitter of the match, totaling 25 kills, while Brentwood counterpart Sarah Tuttle finished with 19. Hutson had 13 of her kills over the final two games.

“She’s hungry and intense,” Berry said. “She’s an aggressive, strong player for us.”

“I keep asking (setter) Taylor (Briggs) to set me the ball,” Hutson said. “If I feel good and I’m on top of it, then I don’t doubt myself.”

The Lady Bruins controlled most of the first game, while Ravenwood took command early in the second and pulled away. Brentwood had to rally after a tight game three, taking advantage of Ravenwood errors and a costly serve line violation to win game four and force the deciding game.

Brentwood took a 1-0 lead in the fifth game but never led again after the Raptors went up 2-1 on a Taylor Briggs service ace. Ravenwood led by as many as four in the final game, and the deciding point came on a net violation by Brentwood.

Both teams will be in action this weekend at A-Game Sportsplex in Cool Springs, as Brentwood is hosting its annual
Brentwood Invitational Tournament.

Posted on: 9/18/2013


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