Sullivan South volleyball coach Wendy Ratliff saw her Lady Rebels upend previously undefeated Dobyns-Bennett in three games last Tuesday.
That victory tied D-B and South for the top spot in the Big 8 Conference. To break the tie and establish the No. 1 seed for the District 1-AAA tournament, which begins today at D-B, a coin flip was necessary.
Ratliff called heads, and heads it was.
“I’ve never had this much success at one time,’’ she said. “After the win over D-B and now going into the tournament as the top seed I think it will give our team a little more confidence.’’
Science Hill won a coin toss with Sullivan Central to take the No. 3 seed. Tennessee High is seeded fifth, followed by Volunteer, David Crockett and Daniel Boone.
The tournament gets under way today at 3:30 p.m. when the Lady Rebels face off with Boone. Central plays Tennessee High at 4:45, followed by Science Hill vs. Volunteer at 6 p.m. and D-B facing Crockett in the 7:15 nightcap.
After a hard-fought regular season, all eight teams start from scratch tonight.
“Everyone is 0-0,’’ said Lady Indians coach Kathi Shaffer. “We’re just glad to be playing at home.’’
Ratliff expects a battle.
“Teams bring more emotion to the district tournament,’’ she said. “The matches are all so much more intense.’’
Shaffer expects her Lady Indians’ loss to South to be a motivator.
“This is the best team I’ve ever coached,’’ Shaffer noted. “They are great kids with heart and character. I expect them to bounce back and play well.
“That loss showed us the we have to step up and play hard.’’
The tournament continues Tuesday and Wednesday. They finals are set for Thursday.
The district champion and runner-up both advance to the Region 1-AAA tournament that begins on Monday, Oct. 19.