MUFREESBORO — The Brentwood High volleyball team wrapped up its third consecutive Class AAA state championship Friday at Middle Tennessee State University, knocking off Farragut in the title match for the second consecutive season.
The Lady Bruins, who entered the finals having not surrendered a single set in their three previous state tournament matches, kept that streak alive Friday, blanking the Lady Admirals 3-0 to secure their state-leading 11th championship.
“That was our goal, to come in an sweep it — ‘sweep state’ is kind of our motto,” said Brentwood senior Kaela Massey, a East Tennessee State commitment. “We knew (Farragut was) going to come out and play harder than they did (Wednesday), but we were ready for it. We’d been working all season for this game and we were ready.”
“It’s such a good feeling,” added freshman Garrett Joiner. “Last year we had a long (winning) streak. This year it wasn’t as much about a streak as it was about winning a state championship.”
Joiner, who received Championship MVP honors, finished with a team-leading 18 kills and seven digs for Brentwood (52-3), while junior setter Keely Kaufman contributed 26 assists and 11 digs in the victory.
“It’s special,” said Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell, who ranks second nationally among active coaches with 1,532 career wins. “It’s not so much the three-peat, it’s just winning and ending the season with a win. You don’t have all the would haves, the could haves and the should haves.
“That’s a blessing because if we wouldn’t have won, I’d have spent the entire year reliving every point.”
Farragut, which also suffered a 3-0 defeat to Brentwood in Wednesday’s winner’s bracket semifinals, jumped out to an early first-set advantage on Friday, but the Lady Bruins bounced back to eventually claim a hard-fought 25-23 win.
Brentwood’s 25-16 second-set win wasn’t quite as competitive, but the Lady Admirals didn’t make things easy on their opponent in the match finale — an eventual 27-25 Lady Bruin victory.
“We have so much talent,” Joiner said. “At times this season we’ve struggled to put it all together, but it all came together during this tournament and we played like a team. Those three losses don’t mean anything because at the end of the year we’re still state champions.”
Alexis Parker tallied 14 kills and 15 digs to lead Farragut (48-7), while Sydney Cherney provided 20 assists.
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