Briarcrest, Harding win state volleyball openers; Houston remains alive in AAA

By Updated: October 17, 2018 11:02 AM CT | Published: October 16, 2018 10:35 PM CT

Briarcrest and Harding were the only two local volleyball teams to avoid defeat on the first day of the state tournaments Tuesday in Murfreesboro, while Houston is still alive as well.

The Saints, ranked 15th nationally by MaxPreps, opened their quest for their second Division 2-AA championship in three years with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 victory over Harpeth Hall. Briarcrest (38-2) takes on Chattanooga Baylor Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Siegel High. A victory there would advance them to Thursday's 10:30 a.m. title match.

Harding (30-11) started slowly against Concord Christian in Division 2-A before winning 8-25, 25-21, 28-26, 25-20. The Lions play five-time defending state champion Knoxville Webb Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Siegel and would have to beat Concord Christian later in the day if they were to lose to the Spartans. The D2-A final is Thursday at 9 a.m.

Houston (32-13) will have to fight through the losers bracket in Class AAA after falling to perennial powerhouse Brentwood 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 in an afternoon match. Earlier, the Mustangs went to five sets before putting away Station Camp, 25-23, 25-19, 13-25, 17-25, 15-12. Houston will face the loser of Tuesday's late match between Collierville and Heritage in an elimination game Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Blackman High.

St. George's ends its season with a 19-16 record after falling to Knoxville Webb and Concord Christian in Division 2-A, while East's first-ever trip to the state tournament ended with losses to South Greene and Sale Creek in Class A. The Mustangs end the year 17-3.

ECS soccer wins, advances

Phoebe Harpole scored twice and also had two assists as ECS defeated Grace Christian Academy, 5-1 in the opening round of the Division 2-A state tournament. Annie Todd, Lesley Coleman and Cati Shorten also scored for the Eagles, who can advance to Murfreesboro next week with a victory over Battle Ground Academy Saturday at 2 p.m.

Collierville scored all of its goals in the second half to defeat White Station, 4-0, in a Class AAA regional while Fayette-Ware got the better of Kirby, 5-1, in a Class AA regional.

Bowling season underway

St. Benedict, one of the state's premier bowling programs, opened its boys season Tuesday with a 19-8 victory over Briarcrest. Nathan King bowled a 605 series highlighted by games of 239 and 207 while Riley Martin also scored 605 with a high game of 212. ... Riley Palmer's outstanding 255 led MUS to a 16-11 victory over Lausanne at Billy Hardwick. Caleb Littlejohn had a high game of 192 while Allen Hughes had a 176.



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John Varlas

John Varlas

John Varlas is a lifelong Memphian who has covered high school sports in various capacities for over 20 years.

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