Siegel wins two, loses one on Day 2 to finish third in AAA

Siegel wins two, loses one on Day 2 to finish third in AAA

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Siegel wins two, loses one on Day 2 to finish third in AAA

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Siegel’s volleyball season fell one win short of the state championship game.

The Lady Stars lost to visiting Brentwood 25-10, 25-11, 25-13 in the Class AAA loser’s bracket final on Thursday.

“This is a really special group of girls,” Siegel coach Laura Pierce said. “We’ve had to overcome so much this season. I know Siegel volleyball has a reputation for being a great team, and they all took ownership of that.”

Siegel overcame numerous injuries.

“Brentwood is unbelievably consistent,” Pierce said. “They can consistently play at a very high pace. Williamson County is a great county to play in. You’re constantly getting great competition.”

Siegel’s Carlton Gay made her third state tournament appearance.

“Out of all of them, this one has been pretty special because it was my senior year and we all wanted (the state title) more than anything,” Gay said. “I love the girls that I played with. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I can’t believe I get to say my senior year I got third in the state with the most amazing girls.”

Hunter Thompson led Brentwood (58-4) with 23 assists.

The Lady Bruins will play Ravenwood (47-4) on Friday at MTSU in a rematch of last year’s championship won by the Lady Raptors. It will be the seventh meeting this season between the rivals.

“This is such a great honor to be going to the finals again,” Thompson said. “We grew from what we learned last year and hopefully we will show it Friday. We’ve played Ravenwood quite a lot, so it’s definitely a confidence thing.”

Ravenwood has won four of six over Brentwood.

Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell is disappointed the championship will overlap with tonight’s Brentwood-Ravenwood football game.

“I wish that the (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association) would have thought that out a little bit better and maybe have the state tournament Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday so all these great fans can support their football teams, too,” Campbell said. “Everybody loses. You lose at the football game and the TSSAA gate, so we need to re-think that soon.”

Campbell said Brentwood needs to be mentally tougher in the Ravenwood volleyball rematch.

Siegel beat Dobyns-Bennett 20-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-19, 15-13 in an elimination game.

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