Raptors vs. Bruins for State Championship-How good is Williamson County?
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
For the second straight year, Ravenwood faces Brentwood for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s state championship in volleyball. The Raptors are looking for a four-peat and the Bruins already own eight titles. Just how good is the volleyball competition in Williamson County? Consider these numbers from the 2013 state tournament.
Eight teams advanced to Murfreesboro with a shot at the title. Ravenwood and Brentwood entered the event with 24 state appearances, 11 state titles and a tournament winning rate of 81.8%. The other six had 43 appearances between them, no titles and a 38.3% tournament winning rate.
Williamson County has so dominated the volleyball landscape in Tennessee that even the championship coaches are thinking about the teams left behind.
“I don’t know if there are really deserving teams being left at home in other parts of the state,” said Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell, “but in Middle Tennessee you’ve got Centennial and Independence, who both could have competed in this state tournament, left at home…it makes you wonder why not take a third or fourth team (from each district).”
In 17 championship events, including tonight, there have been 34 spots open in the title game-19 of those claimed by Williamson County teams. Only once in that 17-year stretch has the county been shut out of the tournament and only one other time has the county not had a competitor in the title match.
In title matches against teams not from Williamson County, the locals hold a 9-2 record.
Eleven of the past sixteen Class AAA titles have called Williamson County home, some years, like tonight, guaranteed by the championship match:
2009Dobyns-BennettRavenwood*Independence lost to R’wood in loser’s finals
2007BrentwoodOoltewah*Centennial lost to Ooltewah in semi’s
2006BrentwoodSullivan South*Franklin lost to Sullivan
So. in semi’s
2005 *Brentwood beat Franklin
in 1st round; fell to runner-up Sullivan So. in semi’s
2004BrentwoodCollierville*Franklin beaten in 1st rd
2003No Williamson County teams made tournament
2002BrentwoodBlackman*Franklin beaten in 1st rd
Centennial in semi-finals
And it’s not just the large schools.
Page, like Brentwood and possibly Ravenwood, had their own four-peat, winning the Class AA title each year from 2000-2003. The Patriots added two more titles (2010, 2011) and has made the finals or semi-finals three other times (2007, 2008, 2009).
That’s 18 titles (including tonight’s) and 26 finals appearances in 17 years.
Not a bad record.
Posted on: 10/25/2013