GOOD VOLLEYBALL GENES
Father Ryan setter/outside hitter Maggie Mullins will become the fourth sister in her family to sign with a college in volleyball when she signs with Belmont in November. Her sister Ellen was a libero at Tennessee, Marie was a setter at Austin Peay and Ann was a libero for Tennessee and Lipscomb.
All four played at Ryan, as did sister Lynn, an outside hitter who suffered a knee injury her senior year and didn’t play in college.
“They learned from each other, and they were always playing in the yard,” Ryan coach Jinx Cockerham said. “It’s a great family tree.”
CLASS AAA POWERS REBUILDING
Defending Class AAA champion Brentwood and 2013 runner-up Ravenwood both face rebuilding years but still might be contenders.
Brentwood had four seniors graduate, and outside hitter Samantha Cotton decided not to play. But Brentwood can build around Jenny Roy and Lil Schwarz.
Ravenwood had seven seniors graduate. The Lady Raptors will start two sophomores and one freshman. Sophia Cerino and Lindsey Knott will play key roles for Ravenwood.
Siegel, a third-place finisher in Class AAA last year, and Centennial should be strong, too.
GOODPASTURE, HUME-FOGG OPTIMISTIC
Goodpasture is going for its third consecutive state title after winning Class AA in 2012 and Class A in 2013, but it will be tough with only one returning starter in outside hitter Kylie Scruggs. Jennifer Rochelle, 6-foot Jordan Jones and Lou Phillips should make a big impact.
Hume-Fogg coach Emily Moore believes the Lady Blue Knights have the potential to return to the Class AA tournament even though they lost three starters to graduation and another to injury. Delaney Gallagher and Lorah Yonce will lead the way for Hume-Fogg, which made its first state tournament appearance since 1999 last year. The Knights finished second behind Sullivan South.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sophia Cerino, Ravenwood, Jr.: The right-side hitter has a 28-inch vertical jump and had 196 kills and 66 kills.
Delaney Gallagher, Hume-Fogg, Sr.: The 6-2 middle blocker and MTSU commitment had 394 kills, a .381 hitting percentage and 80 blocks.
Maggie Mullins, Father Ryan, Sr.: The Belmont commitment had 282 kills, 92 digs, 22 aces, 151 assists and 51 blocks.
Jenny Roy, Brentwood, Sr.: The 5-11 middle hitter had 294 kills and 103 blocks and helped lead Brentwood to a Class AAA title.
Becca Smith, Ensworth, Sr.: The 5-6 libero/setter had 1,206 assists, 491 digs, 207 kills, 57 aces and 23 blocks.