BRENTWOOD — Brentwood’s volleyball team moved one step closer to its third consecutive state title Thursday, defeating Portland in straight sets 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 in Class AAA sectional play and bringing an end to the Lady Panthers’ (22-6) season for the third straight year.
Despite having the 2013 and 2014 state championships under its belt, Brentwood is feeling the heat to make it a three-peat.
“The pressure is on,” Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell said. “It’s just like when you haven’t won it or you’re runner up and you’re going for a state championship; you’re hungry, and the hunger is almost unbearable. Right now I want the girls to show that hunger, and I think it’ll be there.”
The state tournament starts Wednesday in Murfreesboro.
Brentwood (48-3) benefited from a team-driven mentality Thursday.
“I think it was a really balanced effort,” Campbell said. “I thought Garrett Joiner played really well, and I think the stats will show that.”
Joiner took charge with a team-leading 12 kills to go with her 10 digs, four blocks and one ace.
Franklin 3, Beech 0: Franklin (29-11) reached the Class AAA state tournament for the first time since 2005 with a 26-24, 25-11, 25-7 win at Beech (38-10), the Region 5-AAA Tournament champion.
“It’s crazy,” said Franklin senior outside hitter Jodi Hill, a four-year starter. “My freshman and sophomore year, I’m pretty sure we came in last (in the district) and lost in the first round (of the district tournament). Last year, with our new coach, we came in fourth. It means so much that we came in second (to Brentwood in District 11-AAA) and are going to the state tournament. It’s crazy.”
Siegel 3, Walker Valley 0: Leah Poarch had a team-high 21 kills to lead Siegel (35-8) to a 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 Class AAA win. Tennessee Tech commitment Liz Bossong and Tennessee commitment Asha Phillips had 31 and 19 digs, respectively. Phillips also had 11 kills. Kristin Demonbreun had 36 assists.
Page 3, Greenbrier 0: Page advanced to the Class AA state tournament, thanks to five aces each from Amber Jones and Carli Batsel. Mollie Allen had eight kills, and Riley Rapert added 24 assists and 12 digs.
Goodpasture 3, Silverdale 1: Goodpasture rallied to defeat Silverdale 20-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-9 in Class A to earn a spot at the state tournament.
Hume-Fogg 3, Camden 0: Kendall Bullock racked up a team-high 11 kills to help send Hume-Fogg to a 25-17, 25-15, 25-22 Class AA win.
Other matches: Eagleville advanced in Class A with a 3-0 win over Loretto, while Nashville Christian lost 3-0 to Summertown. In Class AAA, Ooltewah eliminated Blackman 3-1.