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Tribe, Rebels open title quest against defending champs

Tanner Cook • Oct 15, 2018 at 10:20 PM

The TSSAA volleyball tournaments begin Tuesday in Murfreesboro, and both Dobyns-Bennett and Sullivan South are hoping to be holding up a championship trophy when the action concludes Thursday evening.

The blind draw was unkind for Megan Devine’s Lady Indians (37-3). They open the Class AAA tournament against defending state champion Brentwood (43-3) at 10:30 a.m. at Siegel High School. Devine won a state title as a player in 2009 and is looking to add another as a coach.

Station Camp, the only in-state team to beat the Tribe this year, is also in the top half of the bracket. The Lady Bison defeated Lebanon in the regional finals and Ravenwood in the sectionals.

Station Camp (39-5) plays Houston (31-12) at noon.

In the bottom half of the bracket, 36-win Collierville is the team to beat.

In the Class AA tournament, Sullivan South (31-10) also faces a tough road after drawing defending state champ Portland (40-7). The Lady Panthers swept the Lady Rebels in an early-season tournament in Knoxville.

Portland has won 12 of its past 13 matches, losing only to Cooper, Ky.

South, which won the state championship in 2015, and Portland meet at noon at Middle Tennessee State.

Also in the top half of the bracket are Chester County (23-8) and Upperman (36-3), which has rolled through the postseason thus far. The Lady Bees have allowed only Hixson to win a set on them in the sectional.

Knox Catholic, a familiar foe for South, Jackson South Side, Camden and East Hamilton are in the bottom half of the bracket. Catholic (23-8) played a brutal schedule, including Webb twice. The Lady Fighting Irish haven’t lost a set this postseason, sweeping Alcoa, Gibbs, Anderson County and Greeneville.

All Class AA matches are at MTSU. The Class AAA tournament is rotating among Siegel, Blackman and MTSU. Both tournaments are double elimination.

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