What to know for the TSSAA volleyball state tournament

The TSSAA’s state volleyball tournament tips off Wednesday in Murfreesboro with contests at Blackman High School, Siegel High School and Middle Tennessee State.

Here is a look at this week’s tournament.

15 players to watch

Briarcrest High School volleyball player Callie Anderton (5)

Briarcrest High School volleyball player Callie Anderton (5)

Callie Anderton, Briarcrest Christian: Anderton has 1,063 assists this season and more than 4,000 for her career.

Sophie Badgett, Hume-Fogg: The setter has 868 assists and 73 aces this season.

Harpeth Hall's Lauren Bars

Harpeth Hall’s Lauren Bars

Lauren Bars, Harpeth Hall: The Ole Miss commitment enters the state tournament with 606 assists this season.

Brooke Davis, South Greene: The middle hitter leads teams in kills (512) and blocks (114).

Shea Dean, Jackson South Side: The outside hitter has the school record for kills in a career with 2,166.

Maddie Dinwiddie, Summertown: The outside hitter leads the Lady Eagles with 338 kills.

Logan Eggleston, Brentwood:Eggleston has 330 kills and highest kill percentage on the team (.362).

Kayleigh Hames, Knoxville Webb: The Pepperdine commitment has a team-high 638 kills and 377 digs.

Garrett Joiner, Brentwood: The Virginia commitment leads the team with 489 kills and 70 aces.

Jordan Jones, Goodpasture: The middle hitter leads the team with 348 kills, 167 blocks.

Brianna Morgheim, Page: Morgheim leads Page with 363 kills and 88 aces this season.

Alexis Parker, Farragut: The Indiana commitment has led the Admirals to back-to-back runner-up finishes.

Leah Poarch, Siegel: The outside hitter has 627 kills (1,490 for career) with 63 aces.

Maggie Thompson, Father Ryan: The setter has 1,041 assists with a team-high 51 aces this season.

Alyiah Wells, Briarcrest Christian: The Alabama commitment has 325 kills and 97 blocks.

Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell

Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell


3 storylines to follow

Williamson County flavor: Williamson County has three teams participating in this week’s state tournament in Brentwood and Ravenwood in Class AAA and Page in Class AA.

Between them, the programs have won 19 state championships. Brentwood has a state-record 11, Page has five and Ravenwood three.

Father Ryan coach Ann Mullins

Father Ryan coach Ann Mullins

New coach, same result: Father Ryan returned to the Division II-AA state tournament to defend its 2015 title. However, the Lady Irish will do so under the direction of a new coach. Ann Mullins replaced Jinx Cockerham, who retired in the offseason after leading the program to five state titles.

Father Ryan (24-17) returns just two starters — Thompson and hitter Christy MacClary — off last year’s title team.

Siegel senior Leah Poarch

Siegel senior Leah Poarch

Fourth time the charm? Siegel has become a regular participant at the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament as a 10-time qualifier.

The Lady Stars have finished third in three straight state tournaments.

However, the Murfreesboro school has yet to reach the title game.

State championship predictions

Class A: Goodpasture over South Greene

Class AA: Knoxville Catholic over Sullivan South

Class AAA: Brentwood over Farragut

Division II-A: Knoxville Webb over Harding Academy

Division II-AA: Briarcrest Christian over Baylor

Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.


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Brentwood outside hitter Garrett Joiner

Brentwood outside hitter Garrett Joiner