Brentwood, Goodpasture volleyball stay on track to defend titles

Brentwood, Goodpasture volleyball stay on track to defend titles

Gallery

Brentwood, Goodpasture volleyball stay on track to defend titles

By

MURFREESBORO — The goal remains in place for Brentwood and Goodpasture.

Video: Day 1 of the TSSAA state volleyball tournament
Action from the first day of the TSSAA volleyball state tournament.
Video: Harpeth Hall volleyball ends Father Ryan’s season with 3-2 win
Harpeth Hall defeated defending Division II-AA volleyball state champion Father Ryan 3-2, eliminating the Lady Irish from the tournament.
Video: Goodpasture seeks fifth straight state title
Goodpasture beat Summertown in first round of the TSSAA state volleyball tournament.
Brentwood Wins First Round of TSSAA State Volleyball Tournament
Brentwood defeats Bartlett in the TSSAA Class AAA state volleyball tournament.
Brentwood's Garrett Joiner (20) and Andrea Aceveda (6) celebrate during the game against Farragut in the TSSAA Class AAA State Girl's Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

Brentwood’s Garrett Joiner (20) and Andrea Aceveda (6) celebrate during the game against Farragut in the TSSAA Class AAA State Girl’s Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

Both Middle Tennessee high school volleyball programs are still in contention to defend their respective Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state volleyball titles after both went 2-0 on Wednesday as the three-day state tournament began.

Goodpasture, which has won the past three Division I Class A state championships as well as the 2012 Class AA title, can make a bid for a fifth consecutive crown with a win over Concord Christian (23-9) in the Class A winners bracket final at 1 p.m. Thursday at Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center.

The loser plays afterward in the losers bracket final, with that winner also reaching the title game.

“We saw the other teams in the gym,” said Goodpasture senior Jordan Jones, who had 16 kills in a 3-1 win over Summertown to open the tournament. “We saw them watching us play. We’ve done this before. We’ve done it. We know what it takes.”

RELATED

Goodpasture reached the winners bracket final with a 3-0 win over South Greene, which finished runner-up to the Lady Cougars a year ago.

Likewise, Brentwood (49-4) can keep its streak of championships intact with a win over Hardin Valley (33-9) in Class AAA when they play at 1 p.m. Brentwood has won three straight Class AAA titles and 11 overall.

Ranked 23rd nationally by MaxPreps, Brentwood opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Bartlett before needing four games to take care of 2015 runner-up Farragut.

The Lady Admirals won the first set 25-23 over Brentwood before the Lady Bruins recovered. Brentwood’s Logan Eggleston had a team-high 24 kills. Garrett Joiner added 21.

“I think they wanted it more the first game,” said Joiner, a Virginia commitment. “We knew that wasn’t how we could play. We played with less errors.”

RELATED: TSSAA state volleyball tournament scoreboard

Defending Division II-AA state champion Father Ryan was eliminated, falling 3-0 to Baylor and 3-2 to rival Harpeth Hall. The Lady Irish led 2-1 before falling 25-10, 15-13 in the final two games.

Brentwood’s win over Farragut came in their first meeting of the season. The Lady Bruins defeated Hardin Valley 2-0 on Aug. 20 in a tournament in Knoxville.

“We were really curious and had anxiety,” Brentwood coach Barbara Campbell said of the Farragut game. “It’s a relief to know now what you are playing against. We know the challenge now.”

Campbell acknowledged that although the Lady Bruins need to win just one game to reach the state finals, that isn’t the goal.

“It is a relief that we just have the one game,” Campbell said. “But we know it’s not just one more. We’re planning on the finals too.”

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

MOST POPULAR STORIES

‘Tenant conduct’ proposal for Nashville affordable housing projects criticized

TSSAA football classifications for 2017-21

Day 1 early voting turnout in Nashville up 20 percent over 2012

Westboro Baptist to picket Nashville LGBT center, universities

Chip Esten’s painful path through daughter’s cancer

Goodpasture's Jayleigh Rogan (5), Victoria Johnson (2) and Caroline Steele (6) celebrate a point during the Lady Cougars' 3-1 win over Summertown in the Class A state volleyball tournament on Wednesday.

Goodpasture’s Jayleigh Rogan (5), Victoria Johnson (2) and Caroline Steele (6) celebrate a point during the Lady Cougars’ 3-1 win over Summertown in the Class A state volleyball tournament on Wednesday.

Latest

More USA TODAY High School Sports
Home
https://usatodayhss.com/2016/brentwood-goodpasture-volleyball-stay-on-track-to-defend-titles
Brentwood, Goodpasture volleyball stay on track to defend titles
I found this story on USA TODAY High School Sports and wanted to share it with you: %link% For more high school stories, stats and videos, visit http://usatodayhss.com.